Cinema: Hung Up

Synonon, a word derived from a junkie's mispronunciation of seminar, is the name given to a self-help haven for drug addicts, founded seven years ago in California and now offering shelter and hope to 550 ex-addicts on both coasts. Filmed at Synanon House in Santa Monica, this tawdry little melodrama explains the method only sketchily, but exploits it at length.

Producer-Director Richard Quine and his scenarists shape the story as an obtuse triangle inclined toward a pert reformed prostitute (Stella Stevens), just the sort of girl to make two able-bodied ex-convicts (Chuck Connors...