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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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 »


Craig: You know what the addict's least favorite word is? No. Ask me if you can use my phone Daryl.
Craig: Say Craig, may I use the phone?
Craig: No.
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4 February 2004 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

Clean and sober maybe the movie that gives the most honest look at addictions ever made. An absolute must see for anyone who has ever suffered from an addiction-as well as friends and family members of addicts.The character build up moves very slowly(not a criticism at ALL) But a certain level of maturity IS definetly needed to watch this. A very realistic well acted movie. Why don't more people know about this?

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