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Cast

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Mrs. Fitzwaring
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Gail Cornell
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Bernard
Robin Johnson ...
Cookie Fitzwaring
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Nicholas Lang (as Rob Knepper)
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Graham Corey
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Detective Ulmer
Jack Kehoe ...
Detective Brockton
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Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe ...
Jane Corey
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Lee Gideon ...
Mr. Fitzwaring
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Storyline

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 student, Sydney Fuller. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$12,706,478 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie's directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel are married. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Dex shoots the villain, who falls out of a window. Dex shot the villain in the front and the villain took several steps backwards without turning around. The next shot shows the villain very obviously jumping out of the window by running up to it facing forward and spinning around in the air. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dexter Cornell: Just somebody's homework, is all.
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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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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Dennis Quaid Movies (2011) 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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Stylish, modern film noir
14 August 2013 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

This so-called remake of the 1950 movie by the same name is probably less similar to said movie than Avatar is to Dances With Wolves... It shares the premise of a man learning he has a limited time to live, and tries to find out who poisoned him in that time. The settings, characters and execution is very different, though, and personally I much prefer this "remake" to the 1950 movie.

I was especially caught by the cinematography and color effects, which I found quite unique. The main character is properly fleshed out, and likable, and his story is fascinating and told in an effective and well paced manner. I found the resolution rather predictable, but it didn't really take away from my enjoyment of the movie.


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