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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn about addiction Feb. 24 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
It is an old movie but in an effort to be learning about addiction because of someone in my life. I liked it. Interesting to see how far we have come as a society in general IE: smoking. Not the best movie ever but we liked it and it is informational about addiction
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clean & Sober Aug. 20 2012
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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. The exasperation of those who care about the main character is well portrayed. I was hoping for a word about the organizations of friends and families of alcoholics and addicts. Al-Anon and Narc-Anon are excellent 12-Step Programs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars displeased with Warner Bros. Jan. 2 2002
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 Sobering, Thought-Provoking Film Dec 14 2001
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 brilliant Oct. 5 2010
By falcon
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.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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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but now he needs to quit smoking cigarettes July 14 2004
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. The acting is flawless. It should be a very depressing movie but it's not for some reason. I think I've watched this one more than any I have in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Sept. 10 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Film June 11 2001
By Rm31d
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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