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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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Cast

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Mrs. Fitzwaring
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Gail Cornell
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Bernard
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Cookie Fitzwaring
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Nicholas Lang (as Rob Knepper)
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Graham Corey
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Detective Ulmer
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Detective Brockton
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Elaine Wells
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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 students, 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)  »

Also Known As:

Dead on Arrival  »

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$12,706,478 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut cinema movie directed by directors Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel who had become famous for making "Max Headroom" for television. See more »

Goofs

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

Version of Color Me Dead (1969) 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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