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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 rehabilitation to escape trouble with the law and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Director:

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 David A. Kimball ... Doctor
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Thirty remarkable days in the life of an ordinary man. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Directorial debut of Glenn Gordon Caron. See more »

Goofs

The movie accurately references many of the twelve steps alcoholics use to work toward sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. However, before their first meeting, Daryl's sponsor instructs him to complete Step Four by making a fearless, searching personal moral inventory. No AA sponsor would instruct a new member to begin the recovery program with Step Four, nor with any other step than Step One. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Come Softly to Me
Written by Gary Troxel, Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis
Performed by The Fleetwoods
Courtesy of EMI-Manhattan Records, A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from Capitol Special Markets
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an honest look at real people.
4 February 2004 | by triple8See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,205,628, 14 August 1988

Gross USA:

$8,674,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,674,093
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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