Synanon (1965)

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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.


5.9/10
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  • Chuck Connors and Alex Cord in Synanon (1965)
  • Alex Cord and Richard Evans in Synanon (1965)
  • Alex Cord and Richard Evans in Synanon (1965)
  • Stella Stevens and Alex Cord in Synanon (1965)
  • Stella Stevens and Chuck Connors in Synanon (1965)
  • Richard Evans in Synanon (1965)

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2 February 2018 | Jimmy_the_Gent4
7
| A "tough love" rehab center of the 1960s
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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