Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Panic in Needle Park

Last night, Conor and I went to see The Panic in Needle Park at the Film Forum. For all the parents out there, if you want to expose your children/teens to a very powerful anti drug film, this is it. We both left feeling very disturbed, it really showed the underbelly of New York in the 70's. And Helen's rapid decline was so powerful, like a car wreck, you just had to look. The interesting part is Joan Didion and Gregory Dunne did the initial treatment for the film, from the book by James Mills and Dominic Dunne was the Producer. I've always admired Joan Didion's work and have been a fan of Dominic Dunne's gossipy column in Vanity Fair. Anyway, the really surreal thing was that our home subway stop is 72nd street, right in the middle of what was Needle Park!

6 comments:

Annabelle said...

I'd never heard of this story until you mentioned it, but now you have, I think I'll keep an eye out for it... how ironic is that about your subway stop!! Thank goodness it's not needle park now, right?

hmstrjam said...

haven't seen it, sounds disturbing- maybe catch another flick to dull the impact! I hear they're playing a lot of old greats at the film forum now

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Annabelle, it is no longer needle park but a lovely little area around a subway stop that was installed in the 80's.

hello gorgeous said...

I loved Pacino back in the day.

The little video store in my neighborhood just closed down or I would have rented it. I've seen it, but it's been awhile....

Megan Coyle said...

Goodness, sounds like an intense film. I've never heard of it, but then again there are so many movies out there that I have yet to see :)

TheDecoDetective said...

Doesn't sound like a movie I could bear seeing... But then again, I've never even tried hash or E. I feel really sorry for the people who gets addicted to drugs, it must be like living in a constant nightmare.

On a happier note: I loved your tree house and chalk art posts!

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