gives a career best performance in an early dramatic role of the same vintage as #Beetlejuice
CLEAN AND SOBER (1988) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a rare archival #35mm
screening you can only see at Regent Street Cinema.
Daryl Poynter (Keaton) is a successful real estate agent, embezzler and cocaine addict. An investigation into Daryl’s life starts when his girlfriend dies in his bed of an overdose. Unable to leave the country Daryl checks into rehab centre to hide from the police behind the anonymity he is guaranteed.
A powerful drama about drug addiction and rehabilitation, CLEAN AND SOBER contains some of its impressive cast’s finest work. Morgan Freeman is Craig, Daryl’s guidance counsellor, M. Emmet Walsh is Richard, recovering addict and Daryl’s sponsor and Kathy Baker is Charlie, a fellow addict in an abusive relationship who Daryl becomes attached to.
Michael Keaton, known then strictly for comedies, was awarded the 1988 Best Actor prize by the National Society of Film Critics jointly for his work in Clean and Sober and Beetlejuice as a testament to an acting range that would not be fully appreciated for many years.
Clean and Sober only received a small cinema release in the UK a year after the success of Batman. The “full frame” VHS and DVD releases are long out of print.
The Celluloid Sorceress is thrilled to present Michael Keaton’s (joint) finest early performance from 35mm. Introduced by Rebecca Nicole Williams with a selection of vintage 35mm trailers before the
Starring: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, M. Emmet Walsh, Tate Donovan.
Dir: Glenn Gordon Caron
US I 1988 I 124 mins I 35mm I Cert 15