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Clean Slate (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 6 May 1994 (USA)
A private eye who suffers total amnesia every twenty-four hours is deeply entangled in a complicated murder and theft case.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writer:

Robert King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Carvey ... Maurice L. Pogue
Valeria Golino ... Sarah Novak / Beth Holly
James Earl Jones ... John Dolby
Kevin Pollak ... Rosenheim
Michael Gambon ... Cornell
Michael Murphy ... Dr. Doover
Jayne Brook ... Paula
Vyto Ruginis ... Hendrix
Olivia d'Abo ... Judy
Angela Paton ... Shirley Pogue
Mark Bringelson ... Bodyguard #1
Christopher Meloni ... Bodyguard #2
Timothy Scott ... Stanley (as Tim Scott)
Gailard Sartain ... Judge Block
Robert Wisdom ... Mort
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Storyline

Maurice L. Pogue (Dana Carvey) is a private eye with a problem: every morning when he wakes up, he has total amnesia, waking up with a "clean slate". Since he is in the middle of a hot investigation and has a developing romance, this is less than convenient. Written by Reid Gagle

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It's a day he'll never forget... until tomorrow.

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first of back to back to back films released in a span of two months featuring Alan Silvestri as the composer. The others were "Blown Away" which was also released by MGM and "Forrest Gump". "I Love Trouble" would've been the fourth film, but had to leave the project due to scheduling conflicts with all three films. See more »

Goofs

Pogue's dog, Baby, has an eye-patch over his right eye. It is stated that as a result, the dog has a depth perception problem. While this could be true, the problem manifests itself not as depth perception, but in moving towards things to the left of where they actually are. See more »

Quotes

Maurice L. Pogue: It's so nice seeing all your faces here: John and Susan and Mary and Fred and Ethel, Little Ricky
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Alternate Versions

The American TV version deleted a large section between Pogue's visit to the fashion show and his dictating to his tape recorder about the coin being with "Baby". In addition to eliminating the entire "guest speaker" scene, one of the funniest in the movie, this is also the part where Pogue learns tha the coin is with Baby. Thus, the viewer is left out of a key clue in this mystery! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Memento (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY
Words by Gus Kahn (as G. Kahn)
Music by Walter Donaldson (as W. Donaldson)
Performed by Doug Legacy
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Hugely under-rated
15 October 2004 | by Edu-16See all my reviews

Interesting premise with many surprisingly funny moments. It's not Oscar Wild - but not low-brow either. The humour is unusually under-played at times - which makes a refreshing change. There are jokes here that you don't necessarily get the first time around - particularly liked the later explanation for the mural painters many attempts at Mona Lisa - + a nice tie in to the film title.

It could have been a little 'sick' - but the medical condition is used to tasteful effect (I thought) - without milking it dry. So clearly the inspiration for Mememto that I'm surprised there wasn't more comment at the time. The 'system' for remembering things, and the abuse made of the illness by those in the know.....all directly lifted by the later Mememto - albeit in a more serious genre.

Not sure how I missed this at the time - and much better than the current score of 5.5 suggests.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trou de mémoire See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,136,130, 8 May 1994

Gross USA:

$7,355,425

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,355,425
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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