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Synanon (1965)

Approved | | Drama | 31 August 1967 (Mexico)
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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Richard Quine

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Ian Bernard (screenplay), Barry Oringer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Connors ... Ben
Stella Stevens ... Joaney Adamic
Alex Cord ... Zankie Albo
Richard Conte ... Reid Kimble
Eartha Kitt ... Betty Coleman
Edmond O'Brien ... Chuck Dederich
BarBara Luna ... Mary (as Barbara Luna)
Alejandro Rey ... Chris
Richard Evans ... Hopper
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Vince
Chanin Hale ... Arline
K.C. Townsend ... Pruddy (as Casey Townsend)
Larry Kert Larry Kert ... Bob Adamic
Bernie Hamilton ... Pete
Solomon Sturges ... Joe Mann (as Mark Sturges)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1967 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Off My Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Alex Cord's bare-chest scenes in this movie probably qualify as his finest "beefcake" moments on the screen. See more »

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Chuck Dederich: Good evening. Synanon, is a corporation. It's a corporation whose business it is to cure dope addicts. Dope addicts - everybody talked about them, nobody did anything about them. Well, we did something about it. We did something. And the answer is this building and even more. 140 people who couldn't live without dope, are living here and they're living here without any crutches. We drink coffee and we smoke cigarettes. We drink a helluva lot of coffee and we smoke a helluva lot of cigarettes. ...
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Zankie (Main Title)
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"Synanon" is an uncommonly accurate glimpse into the early days of rehab for junkies.
26 May 2007 | by bulaws7See 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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