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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 ... 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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Trivia

Michael Keaton and Luca Bercovici appeared in Pacific Heights (1990). 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

Darryl: What is it with you guys and food?
Richard: Addicts are compulsive.
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Connections

References The Care Bears Movie (1985) See more »

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Hello Stranger
Written by Barbara Lewis
Performed by Barbara Lewis
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Keaton's best work; uncompromisingly excellent on all counts
28 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

CLEAN AND SOBER (1988) ***1/2 Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmett Walsh, Tate Donovan, Claudia Christian, Brian Benben. Keaton gives a tour de force performance as chemical addict businessman facing big troubles and decides to cool off in a detox/rehab center run by a no-nonsense counselor (excellent Foreman). Great acting and tight, realistic direction from Glenn Gordon Caron (creator of tv's "Moonlighting" in this his feature film debut) and Baker's scenes with Keaton recall the desperation of Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick in "The Days of Wine and Roses". Watch Keaton's modulated reaction on learning of a tragic event. Heart-wrenching at times.


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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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