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The directorial debut of [[Performer~P84216~Glenn Gordon Caron~glenngordoncaron]], the creator of the television series [[Feature~V216960~Moonlighting~moonlighting[tvseries]]] (1985-89), this intense, gritty drama was received as one of the best-ever cinematic treatments of substance abuse. [[Performer~P37277~Michael Keaton~michaelkeaton]] stars as Daryl Poynter, a hustling, successful Philadelphia real estate agent who has become addicted to cocaine. He's already got problems, including nearly a $100,000 embezzled from his employer and lost on the stock market, when he wakes up one morning with a young woman dead in his bed from a coke overdose. His company is asking questions about the missing funds, and the dead girl's father is plastering his neighborhood with posters accusing Daryl of being a murderer, so he decides to hide out in an anonymous drug treatment program. There, however, Daryl runs into tough-minded counselor and former addict Craig ([[Performer~P90514~Morgan Freeman~morganfreeman]]), who has heard all of Daryl's lies and tricks before. Daryl also finds romance with an abused fellow addict, Charlie Standers ([[Performer~P3417~Kathy Baker~kathybaker]]), and understanding with his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor ([[Performer~P74461~M. Emmet Walsh~memmetwalsh]]). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:August 10, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Michael Keaton Best Actor 1987 Winner

Cast

Michael Keaton
as Daryl Poynter
Kathy Baker
as Charlie Standers
Morgan Freeman
as Craig
M. Emmet Walsh
as Richard Dirks
Tate Donovan
as Donald Towle
Brian Benben
as Martin Laux
Luca Bercovici
as Lenny
Henry Judd Baker
as Xavier
Claudia Christian
as Iris
J. David Krassner
as Tiller
Dakin Matthews
as Bob
Doug MacHugh
as Board Executive
David A. Kimball
as Doctor
Al Pugliese
as Detective
Claudia Robinson
as Cleaning Lady
Michael Francis Clarke
as Board Executive
Glenn Daniels
Douglas Roberts
as Mark
Marion Dougherty
Michael Leopard
as Steel-Mill Foreman
Jean Nash
as Rita
Leslie Neale
as Sheila
Harley Jane Kozak
as Ralston Receptionist
Nick Savage
as Gary "Ike Turner"
Pamela Dunlap
as Jane
Sandra Foster
as Xavier's Girlfriend
Serina Robinson
as Karen Peluso
Sharon Medearis
as Nurse
Stephanie Menuez
as Ticket Agent
Terri Hanauer
as Admissions Counsellor
Veronica Redd
as Head Nurse in Detox
Ben Piazza
as Kramer

Crew

Glenn Gordon Caron
Director
Brian Grazer
Producer
Ron Howard
Producer
Tod Carroll
Screenwriter
Glenn Gordon Caron
Screenwriter
Jan Kiesser
Cinematographer
Joseph Royster
Songwriter
Richard Gottehrer
Songwriter
Barbara Lewis
Songwriter
Van Morrison
Songwriter
Billy Buttier
Songwriter
Gabriel Yared
Composer (Music Score)
Carmela Guida
Songwriter
Frank Guida
Songwriter
Gary Troxel
Songwriter
Gerald Goldstein
Songwriter
Richard Chew
Editor
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Robert Latham Brown
Production Designer
Jay Daniel
Co-producer
Tony Ganz
Co-producer
Deborah Blum
Co-producer
Tod Carroll
Associate Producer
Ron Howard
Executive Producer
Greg Papalia
Set Designer
Robert Turturice
Costume Designer
Ronald Judkins
Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Howell
Stunts
Glenn Daniels
Casting
Marion Dougherty
Casting
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