This is one of those "excellent movies that hardly anyone has seen." The DVD release has been announced and canceled 3 or 4 times over the past couple of years . . . but it's finally available and I bought it.
Al Pacino and Kitty Winn play two heroin addicts in New York's City's "Needle Park."
This movie captures the streets of New York in the same gritty way as movies like TAXI DRIVER, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, SHAFT and MIDNIGHT COWBOY. In fact, there is no music score. Instead, all you hear are the sounds of the city: sirens, horns, buses, baby's crying in tenement hallways . . . this all adds to the film's realism and makes it feel almost like a documentary.
If you're looking for fun, you won't find it here. This movie is about desperation, hopelessness, betrayal, paranoia, self-destruction . . . just about every downbeat theme you can imagine. And the scenes of addicts shooting up are unflinching and sometimes disturbing.
You can, however, entertain yourself by looking for familiar faces throughout the movie. You will see Raul Julia, Paul Sorvino, Warren Finnerty, Alan Vint, Richard Bright (who went on to play Al Neri in THE GODFATHER movies), and Joe Santos.
A dark, depressing movie that you won't soon forget, magnificently directed by Jerry Schatzberg.