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D.O.A. (1988)

Dexter Cornell, an English Professor becomes embroiled in a series of murders involving people around him. Dexter has good reason to want to find the murderer but hasn't much time. He finds... See full summary »

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Mr. Fitzwaring
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Dexter Cornell, an English Professor becomes embroiled in a series of murders involving people around him. Dexter has good reason to want to find the murderer but hasn't much time. He finds help and comfort from one of his students, Sydney Fuller. Written by Rob Hartill

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Someone poisoned Dexter Cornell. He's got to find out who. He's got to find out why. He's got to find out now. In 24 hours, he'll be Dead On Arrival.

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Mystery | Thriller

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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead on Arrival  »

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$12,706,478
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Trivia

According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the film's camera technique included large amounts of "visual gimmickry: lots of tilted, or swivelling first-person camerawork plus moire-patterned lighting to create distortion". See more »

Goofs

Dexter suddenly gains glasses when he first asks Sydney to join him for a date. See more »

Quotes

Hal Petersham: You had it... You had it... and you pissed it away... goddamit Dex... you had a talent... You had a talent that other people...
Dexter Cornell: [pulls a gun on Hal] ... kill for?
[last lines]
Hal Petersham: Yeah that's right kill for... isn't that what it's all about? Publish or Perish?
Dexter Cornell: [as he fires his gun] Perish
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Crazy Credits

The opening Touchstone Logo is in black & white and the logo's flash is accompanied by a thunder clap. See more »

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Referenced in Super Mario Bros: This Ain't No Video Game (2014) See more »

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TOO MUCH SEX, NOT ENOUGH AFFECTION
Written by Pat MacDonald
Performed by Timbuk 3
Courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Pretty good update of the original film, with good performances.
8 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

OK, so this film may not have won any Oscars, but it is not a bad film. The original "D.O.A." is undoubtedly a better film, but that does not mean this film is bad.

The film stars Dennis Quaid in one of his early roles, when he was first becoming really famous, after "The Right Stuff" made him a star, and a very lovely looking Meg Ryan, when she was still now quite famous.

This is more of an "update" of the 1950 film, rather than a remake, since the setting is different and the characters too, are different. The plot is pretty much the same. A man (this time an English professor at the University of Texas at Austin) is poisoned and he has only 24 hours to find out who poisoned him and why. Meg Ryan plays a young college student who tries to help him. Jane Kaczmarek plays Quaid's estranged wife, in a low key, but intense performance; she steals every scene she is in. Daniel Stern (also in an early role, before "Home Alone" made him famous) plays Quaid's colleague. Charlotte Rampling is fine too in a supporting role.

The entire cast is top notch; The film is stylish, with a quick pace that keeps you guessing until the end.

I think this is a film that is certainly worth watching as a thriller, and as a modern version of a classic film.


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