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The Story of Book One (1987)

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Rick Grassi
Shawn Hoskins
Concetta D'Agnese ...
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June Chandler
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scientology | dianetics | See All (2) »

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See the film about the book that started it all: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health See more »

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9 May 1987 (USA)  »

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This short film, a dramatised version of L. Ron Hubbard's "discovery" of Dianetics, is only available to view at Scientology churches. See more »

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One of the funniest cult films.
22 December 2016 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In this case from a real cult. L. Ron's face is never shown, instead he is given the Mohammed treatment. An arm appearing from off frame with a copy of the "holy book", the nondescript back of the head. Older religious propaganda often becomes camp over time, but this howler is Bad-Film from the get go. Bad writing, photography and most hilariously the acting. A favorite scene takes place in a low budget comedy set of a mental hospital. Caricature evil "Shrinks" boast about how quiet the ward is now that they are over medicating the patients. These victims are quickly cured of major mental illnesses overnight when a disorderly orderly smuggles a copy of the title book onto the ward. I saw this on 16mm film at the Scientology Center in Boston in the early 90's. Luckily a pal and I were left alone in the screening room because there was a lot of laughing.


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