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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

Writers:

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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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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Everyone is talking about Synanon House... where dope fiends fight their way back! See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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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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Soundtracks

The Whiffenpoof Song
Music by Rudy Vallee & Robert Merrill, Lyrics by George S. Pomeroy & Meade Minnigerode
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Stumbled upon this film during research
14 July 2014 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

regarding Manson era, S. California and the drug issue.

Suffice to say, this film is an interesting squib on the socio-political era of the late 1960's. While it offers no answers it gives the audience a glimpse into the times.

Look for Jay Sebring (1969 victim of the Manson/Tex Watson murders), as well as Stella Stevens as a junkie in rehabilitation, she looks quite well put together. The actor portraying Zanke Albo, who is involved with Stevens is quite good as a heroin addict.

Eartha Kitt looks lovely, is convincing as a drug addict at the end of the line, living at "Synanon", in Santa Monica California headquarters.

The true story of Synanon itself has a very interesting back-story, apparently the founder Dieterich (well portrayed by an aging Edmond O'Brien) at one point had raised millions. Initially if one researches, the group had helped addicts, but later became a cult without good purpose.

This film is often shown on satellite via Universal or MGM and I rate it a 9 because it is very interesting to those of us interested in 1960's American culture.

Also, I will not call it "counter" culture because research into the political era shows how very divided this country was, and indeed, still is. Similar issues and divisiveness exist, even to this day.

VERY interesting 9/10.


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