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Synanon (1965)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  31 August 1967 (Mexico)
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This film chronicles the goings on at Synanon House, a rehabilitation center for people with all kinds of addictions. Chuck Dederich, a recovering alcoholic, founded and runs Synanon House.

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Chuck Dederich
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Ben
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Joaney Adamic
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Zankie Albo
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Reid Kimble
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Mary (as Barbara Luna)
Alejandro Rey ...
Chris
Richard Evans ...
Hopper
Gregory Morton ...
Vince
Chanin Hale ...
K.C. Townsend ...
Pruddy (as Casey Townsend)
Larry Kert ...
Bob Adamic
Bernie Hamilton ...
Pete
Mark Sturges ...
Joe Mann
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This film chronicles the goings on at Synanon House, a rehabilitation center for people with all kinds of addictions. Chuck Dederich, a recovering alcoholic, founded and runs Synanon House.

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"Synanon" ... where dope fiends fight their way back! Some make it ... some don't ... this is the story of both kinds! See more »

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Get Off My Back  »

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Original advertising art featured a sketch of Alex Cord's character plunging a syringe into his arm - but the needle was covered by a black censorship block when the image was distributed as newspaper ads, poster art and as cover art of the soundtrack album. See more »

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"Synanon" is an uncommonly accurate glimpse into the early days of rehab for junkies.
26 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Synanon was formed because there was pretty much nowhere an addict could find help back in the fifties. Even Alcoholics Anonymous wouldn't accept them. Heroin addicts were regarded as hopeless cases. In fact, the founder of Synanon came to believe addicts had to remain in a confined supportive community for the rest of their lives in order to avoid relapse. The movie is a remarkably realistic portrayal of what rehab was like for drug addicts back in the day. Countless Therapeutic Communities were patterned after Synanon. Residents who broke the rules underwent a variety of punishments: anything from wearing humiliating signs around their necks to digging "graves" 6 feet deep, 8 feet long and 4 feet wide every morning for a week. Until it was outlawed, sleep deprivation was a common punishment. A resident might be made to stay awake for 72 hours straight. This movie is a fascinating glimpse into the early days rehabilitation.


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