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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.

Director:

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:

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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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Betty Coleman: Well, of course, birthdays bring back an awful lot of memories. And, of course tonight my memories go way back. They go back to the time when all of this was unimaginable. I began my drug addiction for kicks. I was what you called a "swinger". I, er, paid for it by prostitution. Until, well until I became such a vegetable, nobody wanted me. And I didn't want myself. And there was nothing. The day I walked into Synanon, I wasn't even alive except for my hate. I guess it was my hate that made me ...
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Zankie (Main Title)
Written by Neal Hefti
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Too much gloss and not enough grit...still a worthwhile drama, with good performances
25 March 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Dramatization of real-life Synanon House, a Santa Monica-based rehabilitation center for hardcore drug addicts (many of them recent parolees). Heroin-user Alex Cord butts heads with former prison adversary Chuck Conners, while Stella Stevens sorts out relations with her ex-husband and struggles to stay off the streets. A bit glamorous in its depiction of life in the gutter, perhaps due to the kicky fashions and the ocean-front locale, though director Richard Quine is quick to underline the narrative with bitterness and regret. Not as moving as it should have been, but still quite potent. Harry Stradling Jr.'s black-and-white cinematography is excellent, as is Neal Hefti's jazzy score. **1/2 from ****


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