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Clean and Sober

Michael Keaton , Kathy Baker , Glenn Gordon Caron    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering, Thought-Provoking Film Dec 14 2001
Format:DVD
One of the toughest things about drug and alcohol addiction is owning up to the fact of that addiction; being able to say, "I'm an addict." Because until that happens, the addiction will continue and the prospect of getting any help will lessen with each passing day. And the important thing is getting that help before it's too late, regardless of how it comes about. It's being able to recognize the opportunity and having the gumption to take advantage of it, which is what happens to a young man on the brink of disaster in "Clean and Sober," directed by Glenn Gordon Caron. Michael Keaton stars as Daryl Poynter, a high power real estate broker with a couple of problems: He's appropriated some $90,000 from an escrow account to play the stock market (which quickly took a nose-dive on him, leaving him about $52,000 short), but that's not even his biggest problem; his biggest problem is that he's a cocaine addict, as well as an alcoholic-- and he doesn't even know it. All he knows is that his life is in turmoil and he can't fathom why. And when a girl picks up at a mall ODs in his bed one morning, his life really begins to fall apart. He needs some time to sort things out and he needs to get away-- to hide for awhile-- and he comes up with a brilliant idea; he'll hide out in a rehab center where they guarantee anonymity and confidentiality.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars displeased with Warner Bros. Jan. 2 2002
Format:DVD
Its a shame that Warner Brothers dismissed this excellent film, probably the best they released in the '80's, with a shoddy transfer and no extras. The DVD menu does not even have a graphic from the film but instead their obnoxious WB gold logo. At least a trailer would be nice. I'm not asking for a 7 disc Criterion Collection edition with 40 hours of supplemental footage or anything. They did this with Driving Miss Daisy" also. No widescreen either. Nonetheless, the DVD does exist. Hopefully, Warner will do a better job with After Hours when they get around to transfering that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Film June 10 2001
By Rm31d
Format:DVD
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. He takes us deep into the world of a coke addict, showing us every level of a man trying to run from his personal demons only to discover he has nowhere to hide. The script is brilliant, leaving no stone unturned in the quest to conquer addiction. The characters are sharply defined and deep in inner turmoil, with their every nook and cranny of their monumental personal struggles brought out for all to see. The direction is swift and sure, and the tone is gritty and real without being oppressive. It's an utterly brilliant, deeply haunting, character driven, emotional roller caoster ride that makes you weep for these poor souls from beginning to end. It's perfect. It deserved every oscar in existance (it received none, which serves as further proof that awards shows are a joke). Forget "Traffic". Ignore "Less than Zero". This is simply the greatest addiction film ever made. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great First "dramatic" role! July 15 2000
Format:DVD
If you do any type of collecting, you know that you eventually run across hidden gems in bargain places. Such was it for me w/this DVD. Look in just about any retail movie outlet under DVDs under 10.00 & you're bound to find this movie! What a buy! This was Michael (Beetleguises) first real dramatic role. Unlike a lot of comedic actors before him ( Bill Murray's Razor's Edge springs to mind), Keaton brings home a powerful performance of a chronic substance abuser in rehab for all the wrong reasons. What he comes away with, and what the audience comes away with, is a tightly woven film, full of interesting characters and fine performances, lead, of course, by Michael Keaton. Although some will argue that he's had his share of dramatic roles since, they've all been either contrived (My Life), cartoonish (Batman), or psychos (Pacific Heights & Extreme Measures). What Keaton needs is more fine roles like he enjoyed in this film to make the leap from comedic actor to dramatic actor (ala Tom Hanks). I just hope that he can at least keep his incredible comedic edge!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keaton has never supassed this movie, yet Jan. 16 2000
Format:DVD
This still is Micheal Keaton's best film. Oddly, it was his first dramatic film. Most people today know Keaton as someone who does dramatic films, not remembering he always did comedies and standup. He did Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, the Dream Team, Night Shift, etc. Taken in light of this, Clean and Sober is a very depressing film, and one of the better films to handle the often overly-used storyline on drug addiction. I was stunned at Keaton's acting ability in this film. You genuinely hated him, but throughout the film, you learn to accept him and give him the thumbs up as he tries to build his life back together. Not a family flick, nor a rousing "I'm glad I'm alive" film. It's a dark and realistic film. And, hey, it's got Morgan Freeman in a stellar supporting role, too. Keaton's best film to date.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn about addiction
It is an old movie but in an effort to be learning about addiction because of someone in my life. I liked it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karen Stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean & Sober
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
Published on Aug. 20 2012 by RMECOL
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
i've always liked Michael Keaton,and i've seen him in lots of comedic
roles maybe one or two dramatic roles,but nothing quite like this. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2010 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but now he needs to quit smoking cigarettes
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 more
Published on July 14 2004 by J. Keeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
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!
Published on Sept. 9 2001 by "racinral"
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent movie with some weaknesses
This was an entertaining movie with some strong performances. However, something about it is lacking an air of realism. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2000 by T.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This movie is on my top 5 all time Greatest! Absolutely Michael Keaton's Finest performance! Gripping, Sobering, Stunning! Morgan Freeman is Spectacular! A MUST SEE!
Published on Nov. 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about how far drug addicts will go.
I have seen this video twice and now I am going to buy it. It shows just how far a person will go to satisfy their drug habit. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 1999 by shelia hensley
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