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Film / Clean Slate

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A 1994 American comedy directed by Mick Jackson that has private investigator Maurice L. Pogue (Dana Carvey) developing amnesia after suffering a head injury, making it hard for him to trust anyone he had previously run across with.

The film also stars Valeria Golino, Michael Gambon, James Earl Jones, Bryan Cranston, and Kevin Pollak.

It was released on May 6, 1994.

Tropes for the film:

  • Amnesia Danger: Pogue suffers from amnesia and is supposed to testify in court but can't remember the details of the case he was working on.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Pogue
  • Easy Amnesia: Pogue is in the middle of a big case when an injury leaves him with a unique form of amnesia: every time he goes to bed, he wakes up without his memory. This leads him to leave various notes and messages to himself to clarify his situation until he recovers, while still trying to crack the case.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In a strange mix of anterograde and retrograde amnesia, which is Played for Laughs, Pogue has forgotten both his entire past and the events of each day as soon as he goes to sleep.
  • Note to Self: Due to suffering from amnesia, Pogue uses a tape recorder to leave himself notes about his day.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Pogue is given a check as a bribe not to testify against the local crime boss. The amount is not seen, just Pogue's reaction and his question "is that a comma?"