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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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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
Jack Kehoe ...
Detective Brockton
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Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe ...
Jane Corey
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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 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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$12,706,478 (USA)
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The amount of time that Professor Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid) had to live was twenty-four hours with the time-frame being no more than forty-eight hours. See more »

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

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Sydney Fuller: So, who are you gonna punch a confession out of next?
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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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IF YOU SEE ME LAUGHING
Written by Erik Hokkanen
Performed by Erik Hokkanen (as Erik) & The Offbeats
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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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