Still from the film "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971)

The Panic in Needle Park

THU NOV 3, 7:30 PM

Copresented by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Another key screenwriting project of Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne was The Panic in Needle Park, a story based on James Mills’s novel about junkies in love. The pair researched the demimonde depicted by spending time in a hotel near New York’s Sherman Square (the eponymous “Needle Park”), and their script is animated by Jerry Schatzberg’s stylized compositions. The movie, a harrowing chronicle of addiction, also marked the debut of a young Al Pacino, who delivers one of his best performances.

(1971, dir. Jerry Schatzbergm, 35mm, color, 110 min.)

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