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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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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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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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead on Arrival  »

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$12,706,478 (USA)
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Trivia

The academic discipline that Professor Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid) studied and taught at the Texan university was English Literature. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dexter Cornell: Is that the best your petty, prosaic little mind can come up with?
Detective Ulmer: It's a petty, prosaic little world, Mr. Cornell.
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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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Version of Dead on Arrival (2013) See more »

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IF YOU SEE ME LAUGHING
Written by Erik Hokkanen
Performed by Erik Hokkanen (as Erik) & The Offbeats
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A promising 'noir' remake
30 January 2003 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Those wishing to see film noir remakes, should not see this as as a remake, you will always be disappointed. Instead, enjoy a gripping performance from Dennis Quaid and visual imagery to commend. The colour drains from the film (literally, not metaphorically!)) as the plot gathers pace, and the dialogue is crisp and gritty. The opening dialogue is clever, and the viewer is carried along by a sharp screenplay and a real, original film noir feel,


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