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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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Release Date:

10 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Süchtig  »

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$8,674,093 (USA)

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Daryl Poynter (Keaton) refers to a character's over dose by comparing her to John Belushi. Michael Keaton was offered (and subsequently declined) the role of Peter Venkman in 'Ghostbusters', a role originally created for John Belushi. See more »


Darryl: Thank you. And thanks for my chip. And thanks for not smoking.
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Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Van Morrison
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Excellent, gritty movie about life & taking responsibility.
21 April 2001 | by (Mesa, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is easily Keaton's best movie ever. He play a slick addict that is only looking to hide from life's problems at a drug rehab clinic run by the ever wise, and tough-minded Freeman. Even if there are minor flaws in the film, they don't matter. There are moments of truth and clarity that are rarely seen in a movie now days. There is a scene when Keaton's sponsor, played extremely well by Walsh, tells Keaton's character, that he cannot be responsible for someone else's addiction. He asks him, could anyone have made you stop? It so silly, but no matter what, we as human beings continually look to take responsibility for others, when we can barely "control" ourselves! The supporting cast is terrific. Morgan Freeman as the clinic's counselor is just perfect. Kathy Baker is also memorable as a person who is lacking self esteem and cannot see the forest for the trees. A recovering addict herself, Keaton attempts to help her, while he is also romantically interested in her. Definitely a four star movie. I have watched this over and over & never tire of the performances.

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