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Union Square

James , Cheyenne  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James, Cheyenne, Stealth, Mike, Danny
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: March 22, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0YBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Union Square is a powerful look into the world of homeless heroin addicts that live in UNION SQUARE PARK in New York City. Peer into the lives of seven individuals who allowed cameras to follow and capture their trials and tribulations while living and hustling on the streets of New York City. UNION SQUARE captures the true and painful essence of addiction and what seven 20-something-year-olds will do to maintain a habit that has them trapped in a vicious cycle. It reveals what they have lost and what they may possibly gain while being in the grips of one of the most powerful addictive drugs - HEROINSystem Requirements: Running Time 95 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: R UPC: 787364583898

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly real... March 25, 2005
With the rash of documentaries popping up as of late, there have been next to no docs on drug addiction/drugs. The last good doc I recalll seeing was the HBO produced "Black Tar Heroin" from a few years ago. That doc was produced out of San Francisco/Bay Area and showed the notorious SF heroin scene in all its griny reality. "Union Square" is kinda like the NY counterpart to Black Tar Heroin. It focuses specifically on Union Square Park and a handful of homeless addicts who live there. It's a very accurate and sad film that made even myself, a former heroin addict, cringe. some of the fixing scenes made me shut my eyes, maybe cringing at myself when that was me, but most of the shots are of bloddied, abcessed arms. It's heavy stuff alright. As a former addict, who was homeless as well due to drug use, not only can I relate to this, but can give it an ironic stamp of authenticity. these are junkies lives...peroid. Of course this is not a doc for everyone's tastes. Being able to relate is one thing, but many people are just fascinated with the down n out, especially heroin addicts. As much as it is glamorized, this is the PROOF that this ish is not glamorous in the least! There is only one character here is a DEALER and not a user, and approproiately he stays covered up in all his interviews. Besides being a very real and well made doc, it was shot all over the beautiful nd bustling Union Sq. neighborhood of an ever gentrifying Manhattan. When i was out there my drug copping zone was mostly Uptown and The Bronx...but this shows that no matter how gentrified downtown gets, no matter how many cops roam Union Sq Park kicking out homeless...junkies will always exist. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Review May 11, 2008
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Very Graphic and Real Documentary about Drug Addiction. This is the story of a few homeless Heroin Addicts struggling to survive in the mean streets of NYC. I am a recovery drug addict myself, so seeing documentary's like this keeps it green for me. This documentary exposes the fact that being a Heroin Addict is a 24/7/365 lifestyle. Being a Heroin addict isn't a job anymore, it becomes a LIFESTYLE. Using to 'feel normal' and not be 'dope sick'. I know this all too well because I been there. This documentary is REALITY at it's best. A must see for all recovering drug addicts , or people that are OPEN-MINDED and want to understand drug addiction more...
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The girl cheyenne in the movie is currently my best friend she still needs help badly since 13 years later she is still using and on the streets. I am in a couples shelter with my husband n so is she but she still stays out all day. I can't watch the whole movie but it hurt to watch the youtube clip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Core Reality October 3, 2006
This film is the strongest I have ever seen. "Surrender Dorothy", "Christine F" are all great Heroin films BUT if you want to see and experience the life of a individual who has been held captive by junk - this is it. Clearly the best so far.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive October 20, 2007
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Unions Square is a good documentary of the homeless heroin addict, but does not provide a comprehensive picture of what it's like to be addicted to opiates. Most are polysubstance abusers. Most are employed. Most have not completely burned their bridges with their families and society. I was looking for a documentary that showed a comprehensive picture of addiction rather than the bottom of the barrel. I also hoped to see some suburban and rural addicts. Union Square was good for what it was, but I was disappointed that the focus was so narrow.
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