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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, Tate Donovan, Henry Judd Baker
  • Directors: Glenn Gordon Caron
  • Writers: Tod Carroll
  • Producers: Deborah Blum, Jay Daniel, Ron Howard, Tod Carroll, Tony Ganz
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000006FRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Excellent performance by Michael Keaton.
Laureen
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."
Reviewer
This is an honest and entertaining look at close to what it is really like to go through what the movie's characters endure.
R. Larson

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on December 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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rm31d on June 10, 2001
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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T.G. on January 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This was an entertaining movie with some strong performances. However, something about it is lacking an air of realism. I've attended many AA and NA meetings myself, and the portrayal here is somewhat cliched and not completely accurate. I've also been through several treatments, and the portrayal here is also "off" somehow. Modern treatment centers don't really operate in the way things are portrayed here. If you want to know what most AA meetings are really like, find an "open" meeting in your area and attend it. However, this movie was entertaining and the performances are good. It was a bit over-long, and there was too much focus on the romance between Keaton and Baker. More realism, less sentimentality and a little more cutting-room time, and this movie could have been better. But I enjoyed it.
Note - The DVD version is offered only in pan-and-scan, and there are literally no features on the disc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on January 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By shelia hensley on October 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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. Also shows far far they will go to keep from getting caught. Some addicts don't believe they have a drug problem, but they can see others problems. Detox is no picnic, losing a friend isn't either, but admitting that your are an addict takes even more courage. I recommend this movie to anybody that has a friend or family member who is an addict to drugs or alcohol.
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