Director: Richard Quine Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Chuck Connors, Stella Stevens



The difficulties faced by drug addicts attempting to kick their habits provide the basis of this gritty, realistic drama that was filmed at a real rehab house in Santa Monica, California. The story centers on Zankie (Alex Cord), an ex-con who is having trouble following the strict rules of the house. Soon he finds himself involved in an affair with another inmate, an ex-hooker (Stella Stevens). She is only supposed to monitor and assist with his recovery, not get emotionally involved. When Zankie gets into a fight with another patient (Chuck Connors) both he and the girl leave the center. Soon after leaving, he begins looking for more drugs and dies of an overdose in a cheap hotel. The ex-hooker then returns to the rehab house to resume her own treatment. Synanon, the model for the rehab-house of this 1965 feature, was a large ex-addict-run (and ex-con-run) enterprise which expanded its operations steadily over the next decade. It was famous for its harsh "tough-love" policies and its high success rate and would have continued its high-profile role in the rehab industry except that it became embroiled in several scandals in the late 1970s, effectively closing its doors well before the Reagan era.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2010
UPC: 0043396355330
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Chuck Dederich
Chuck Connors Ben
Stella Stevens Joaney
Alex Cord Zankie Albo
Richard Conte Reid
Eartha Kitt Betty Coleman
Barbara Luna Mary
Alejandro Rey Chris
Richard Evans Hopper
Chanin Hale Arline
Bernie Hamilton Pete
Lawrence Montaigne the Greek
John Peterson Residents of Synanon House
James Middleton Residents of Synanon House
Gregory Morton Vince

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director,Producer
Ian Bernard Screenwriter
Neal Hefti Score Composer
Philip M. Jefferies Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Ben Lane Makeup
Kathleen McCandless Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Oringer Original Story
S. Lee Pogostin Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
David Wages Editor

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