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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 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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Life Magazine Calls Synanon House "A Tunnel Back Into The Human Race!" See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Lee Marvin turned down a role. 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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Soundtracks

The Whiffenpoof Song
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Music by Rudy Vallee & Robert Merrill, Lyrics by George S. Pomeroy & Meade Minnigerode
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A "tough love" rehab center of the 1960s
2 February 2018 | by Jimmy_the_Gent4See all my reviews

A study of drug addicts in an real life treatment center.

This is a good film with an interesting cast. Third billed Alex Cord is actually the main character, the weirdly named Zankie Albo, a slick braggart with an addiction to heroin. Stella Stevens (one of her best performances) is Joaney, a divorcee with a young son who resorted to prostitution to pay for her habit. She gets involved with the charming but dangerous Albo. Top billed Chuck Connors (fresh from The Rifleman) is Ben the ex con who kicked his "H" addiction but has to contend with trouble maker Albo, who was his cell mate in prison and has a beef against him. Oscar winner Edmond O'Brien is Chuck the head of Synanon, he uses tough talk and punishments like having heads shaved and wearing humiliating signs for breaking the rules. Other "dope fiends" are played by Richard Conte, Eartha Kitt and Bernie Hamiliton.

Anyone who is interested in 1960s black and white films about lurid subjects or is a fan of any member of the cast should seek this one out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1967 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Synanon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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