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Clean and Sober (1988)

R | | Drama | 10 August 1988 (USA)
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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Daryl Poynter
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Charlie Standers
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Craig
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Donald Towle
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Xavier
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Iris
J. David Krassner ...
Tiller
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Bob
Mary Catherine Martin ...
Cheryl Ann
Patricia Quinn ...
June (as Pat Quinn)
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David A. Kimball ...
Doctor
Veronica Redd ...
Head Nurse - Detox
Sharie Doolittle ...
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Sharon Medearis ...
Nurse
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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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Michael Keaton...in an unexpected film...about thirty remarkable days in the life of an ordinary man. See more »

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$8,674,093 (USA)
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After seeing an early screening of the film, Jon Peters was inspired to cast Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman (1989). See more »

Quotes

Craig: The best way to break old habits is to make new ones.
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If You Wanna Be Happy
Written by Frank Guida, Carmela Guida and Joseph Royster
Performed by Jimmy Soul
Courtesy of Frank Guida - S.P.Q.R. Record Co.
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Clean and Sober
9 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've ever thought that all Michael Keaton does is comedy, see this movie! What a performance he gives us. You watch his despair like you are watching a caged animal who wants so desperately to get out but can't. The entire casting is spot on and they all interact very well. Morgan Freeman is superb; no other word can describe his performance. The interaction between Freeman and Keaton is so believable and, at times, funny. You just know that Freeman is going to win, but that Keaton's going to give him a good run for his money. You may not recognize this Michael Keaton and you may yearn for the Keaton of "Beetlejuice", "Speechless", etc., but hang in there, this movie is worth the viewing and watching how Keaton plays Daryl as if he IS Daryl. Now, that's acting.


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