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Clean Slate (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Mystery | 6 May 1994 (USA)
A private eye who suffers total amnesia every 24h is deeply entangled in a complicated murder/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

Pogue is a private eye with a problem: every morning when he wakes up, he has total amnesia, waking up with a 'blank 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.

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Comedy | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$7,503,192
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Gailard Sartain and Timothy Scott both appear in Fried Green Tomatoes. But, they don't share any screen time. See more »

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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

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

DOES YOUR HEART BEAT FOR ME
Words by Mitchell Parish
Music by Russ Morgan and Arnold Johnson
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Doesn't give Carvey a chance to really "go for broke" in the humor department but is a pleasant film nonetheless
6 September 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Pogue (Dana Carvey) wakes up one morning in Venice, California and doesn't remember a darn thing about his life. Suffering from daily short term memory loss, way before Drew Barrymore did, Pogue listens to a tape he made the day before. It states he is a private detective and that he has been called upon to testify against a gangster (Michael Gambon) who blew up an automobile containing Pogue's lovely girlfriend, Sara (Valeria Golino). Yet, Sara appears on his doorstep and asks for his help. How can this be? She directs him to follow her to a fashion show, where she will tell him more. In the meantime, Pogue is "arrested" by police officers, who take him to a surprise birthday party, where he is the guest of honor. It seems Pogue used to be a policeman and had contact with a D.A. (James Earl Jones), an assistant D.A. (Kevin Pollack) and others. But, Pogue fails to recognize anything that will jog his memory, not even with a doctor's help (Michael Murphy). Will Pogue and his darling canine, Baby, be able to dodge the bullets of those out to prevent him from testifying, without knowing exactly what is going down? This is a nice little film with a very fine cast. Jones is always welcome and Pollack is acidly funny most of the time, too. Golino is very lovely and Gambon is quite amusing as the designated gangster. As for Carvey, he has such great comic skills that it is a shame that he never gets to attain his usual "go for broke" humor, but he is still funny and a very attractive performer in his own right. Kudos to the little dog in the movie, too, as he is highly entertaining. As for the costumes, sets, and production values, they are quite adequate, and the script and direction show decided originality and zest. In short, if you love Carvey, you will like this film, even though his humor has been toned down. But, truly, anyone who loves off-the-beaten-path comedy films will embrace this one with zeal.


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