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This hard-hitting, fact-based drama was filmed on location in the actual Synanon House in Santa Monica. Academy Award(r) winner Edmond O'Brien (Best Supporting Actor, 1954, The Barefoot Contessa) stars as a reformed alcoholic who began the facility to help other addicts of all kinds, and who coined the famous phrase "today is the first day of the rest of your life." An outstanding cast - Chuck Connors, Stella Stevens, Richard Conte, Alex Cord, Eartha Kitt, Barbara Luna, Alejandro Rey, Larry Kert and some actual Synanon residents - drive this multi-layered story of redemption and tragedy, crisply photographed by two-time Academy Award(r) winner Harry Stradling (Best Cinematography, 1945, The Picture of Dorian Gray; 1964, My Fair Lady) and directed by the great Richard Quine (Strangers When We Meet). Newly remastered.
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I always wanted to see this movie because Eartha Kitt would appear in it.
Not a very large role, as I discovered, but a nice one and she made the best out of it.
The film is about Synanon house , and is in reality also an existing institute for drugaddicts.
I found the story not really an exiting one, but it was shot in a beautiful way
The black and white comes very strong and ads much to the total of the movie...
All in all , still an interesting enough film to be seen more than once.