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Attack on Fear
Based onThe Light on Synanon by Dave Mitchell, Cathy Mitchell, Richard Ofshe
Written byT.S. Cook
Directed byMel Damski
StarringPaul Michael Glaser
Linda Kelsey
Kevin Conway
John Harkins
Alan Fudge
Barbara Babcock
Music byTony Berg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerHerbert Hirschman
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
EditorLeonard Malek
Running time100 minutes
Production companyTomorrow Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • October 10, 1984 (1984-10-10)

Attack on Fear is a 1984 American made-for-television drama film directed by Mel Damski and starring Paul Michael Glaser, Linda Kelsey, Kevin Conway and Barbara Babcock. It premiered on CBS on October 10, 1984. The teleplay by T.S. Cook is based on the 1980 book The Light on Synanon: How a Country Weekly Exposed a Corporate Cult written by Dave Mitchell, Cathy Mitchell and Richard Ofshe.


Paul Michael Glaser and Linda Kelsey portray Dave and Cathy Mitchell, the new owners of a small-circulation weekly newspaper called The Point Reyes Light in Marin County, California. Upon hearing of iniquities at the famed Santa Monica drug rehabilitation center Synanon, the Mitchells begin publishing their evidence. Despite legal pressure from Synanon and bizarre anonymously mailed threats, the Mitchells' story results in a major investigation of the revered institution.[1]

Although Attack on Fear was completed in 1982, it was not telecast until October 1984 and then only after being reshaped to satisfy Synanon's battery of attorneys.



  1. ^ "CBS's Attack-on-Fear -". Retrieved April 1, 2016.