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After making his mark in several hit comedies including Beetlejuice, Michael Keaton startled critics and audiences alike with his acclaimed performance in this 1988 drama about one man's struggle against cocaine addiction. Keaton's comedic energy is transformed here into the kind of jittery intensity that's perfect for his role, suggesting a driven personality who can maintain the appearance of self-control for only so long before he crashes and burns. After a series of setbacks, Keaton's character seeks refuge in a drug rehabilitation program and must confront the truth of his own addiction at the urging of a counselor (Morgan Freeman) who's heard every lame excuse in the book from addicts struggling to quit. Kathy Baker leads a superb supporting cast as a recovering alcoholic and battered wife whose flagging self-esteem is boosted by Keaton's attention. Under the careful direction of Glenn Gordon Caron (of TV's Moonlighting fame), Keaton and Baker handle this delicate material with consummate skill and grace, turning a potentially depressing story into a moving portrait of people who must battle their inner demons step by tentative step. --Jeff Shannon
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He checks in, and it works. Nobody knows where he is, and the rules of the house prevent him from having any contact with the outside world. But Daryl-- a born hustler-- has hustled himself into a corner this time. Because he can't stay in if he doesn't play the game, which precipitates taking a long, hard look at himself. So for the first time in his life he gets caught up in his own scam; and it just may be his salvation.Read more ›
The DVD doesn't have anything else on it, but frankly, here's one instance where I just wouldn't want anything extra. It would have been nice to have Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, but I can live with it. It's not an action film, after all.
roles maybe one or two dramatic roles,but nothing quite like this.he
proves his versatility here,with a career performance,in my opinion.i
don't think it's giving too much away to say that Keaton plays a
character who has hit rock bottom and keeps on digging.he's an
alcoholic and a drug addict,and what starts as a purely selfish
decision on his part becomes a life changing experience.but lets not
forget the supporting performances.Morgan Freeman, Kathy Baker,Tate
Donovan were all strong,but a standout for me was Luca Bercovici as
Lenny.now,back to the film.i found it all quite compelling,but it was
the ending which really moved me.it was very understated,yet
powerful.the words spoken in the last scene were perfect.for me,Clean
and Sober is a 5/5
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Such an underrated Michael Keaton movie. Why didn't he get nominated for this???Published 14 months ago by Sara
It is an old movie but in an effort to be learning about addiction because of someone in my life. I liked it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Karen Stephenson
A good look at a complex subject.
It seems an inordinate amount of time is spent in the dark, making the action difficult to follow at times. Read more
I've seen this movie in the Bargain Bins? I bought it for 3 times the price but I don't regret it. Several of my favorite movies can be had cheap now. This movie is sobering. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by J. Keeton
I very much enjoyed this movie.
Michael Keaton very accurately portrays a drunk & a drug user. BR>Morgan Freeman was excellant as usual & Cathy Baker was GREAT!
There is no other way to say it. The acting is perfect, with Michael Keaton giving us a performance that calling wonderful would be an understatement. He gives of radiance. Read morePublished on June 10 2001 by Rm31d
This was an entertaining movie with some strong performances. However, something about it is lacking an air of realism. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2000 by T.G.