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D.O.A. (1988)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  18 March 1988 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
William Forward ...
Chief Resident
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

Taglines:

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.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead on Arrival  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$12,706,478 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture is bookended by two sequences which are filmed in black-and-white. 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

Dexter Cornell: So, who are you going to kill for your next novel?
Hal Petersham: All I need is this one break; after that, I can write anything I want. And you can bet that I won't sit on my laurels like you did!
Dexter Cornell: Well, at least they *were* my laurels.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Player (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T BANG THE DRUM
Written by Mike Scott & Karl Wallinger
Performed by The Waterboys
Courtesy of Ensign/Chrysalis Records
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VASTLY UNDERRATED; QUAID IS EXCELLENT
6 March 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

D.O.A. (1988) *** Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern. Fast-paced and nifty remake of the 1949 classic about a man being poisoned with time his factor as he tries to solve his own murder. Quaid is top-notch as a college English professor trying to figure out just who his enemies are and Ryan is plucky student aiding him. Cool camera movements and some fine direction from the creators of tv's "Max Headroom", Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel.


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