Clean and Sober (1988)

R  |   |  Drama  |  10 August 1988 (USA)
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A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryl Poynter
Charlie Standers
Donald Towle
Henry Judd Baker ...
J. David Krassner ...
Mary Catherine Martin ...
Cheryl Ann
Patricia Quinn ...
June (as Pat Quinn)
Terri Hanauer ...
Admissions Counsellor
Veronica Redd ...
Head Nurse - Detox
Sharie Doolittle ...
Sharon Medearis ...


Michael Keaton plays Daryl Poynter, a hot shot real estate agent who just happens to have a cocaine and drinking problem. One morning, he wakes up to find a dead woman in his bed (someone he had been partying with the night before) from a cocaine overdose. He also just happens to receive a phone call from his employers telling him a huge sum of money is missing from one of his accounts. Panicking, Daryl decides to check into a drug rehab to hide from the law, where he meets tough cookie Morgan Freeman. A recovering addict himself, he now works as a drug counselor, and knows all the tricks Daryl tries to pull. Soon Daryl discovers he just might be in the right place, after all. Written by Humberto Amador

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10 August 1988 (USA)  »

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$8,674,093 (USA)

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Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker have both starred in Tim Burton films. Keaton in "Batman", "Beetlejuice" and "Batman Returns" and Baker in "Edward Scissorhands". See more »


Richard: I woke up one morning, and when I looked in the mirror I noticed my nose was bent over entirely onto one side of my face. So, I got a hammer, and started banging my nose back to a right angle with my face. Suddenly, I looked at myself in the mirror, hammer in hand, blood streaming down my chin, and I realized my life was no longer manageable.
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Clean and Sober
9 August 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Keaton is excellent as a cocaine junkie who joins an ex-junkie's recovery group, facing the battles that lie ahead when the dependency for drugs is no more. Touching and often bittersweet, Keaton soars onto the screen in a performance that astounds, shocks and amazes.

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