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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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Glenn Gordon Caron

Writer:

Tod Carroll
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Daryl Poynter
Kathy Baker ... Charlie Standers
Morgan Freeman ... Craig
Tate Donovan ... Donald Towle
Henry Judd Baker ... Xavier
Claudia Christian ... Iris
J. David Krassner J. David Krassner ... Tiller
Dakin Matthews ... Bob
Mary Catherine Martin Mary Catherine Martin ... Cheryl Ann
Patricia Quinn ... June (as Pat Quinn)
Terri Hanauer ... Admissions Counsellor
David A. Kimball ... Doctor
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ... Head Nurse - Detox
Sharie Doolittle Sharie Doolittle ... Nurse
Sharon Medearis Sharon Medearis ... Nurse
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Michael Keaton...in an unexpected film...about thirty remarkable days in the life of an ordinary man. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retour à la vie See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,674,093
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daryl Poynter (Keaton) refers to a character's overdose, by comparing her to John Belushi. Michael Keaton was offered (and subsequently declined) the role of Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984), a role originally created for John Belushi. He also refused the role of Egon Spangler. See more »

Quotes

Darryl: I want you to leave now.
Lenny: Fuck you.
Darryl: Fuck me? FUCK ME? NO, FUCK YOU ASSHOLE! YOU'RE IN MY HOUSE NOW! SO YOU GET THE FUCK OUT!
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Soundtracks

Tighten Up
Written by Billy Buttier and Archie Bell
Performed by Archie Bell & The Drells (as Archie Bell and The Drells)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Excellent, gritty movie about life & taking responsibility.
21 April 2001 | by rondineSee 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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