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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.
Dexter Cornell, an English Professor becomes embroiled in a series of murders involving people around him... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Pretty good update of the original film, with good performances. See more (43 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Quaid ... Dexter Cornell

Meg Ryan ... Sydney Fuller

Charlotte Rampling ... Mrs. Fitzwaring

Daniel Stern ... Hal Petersham

Jane Kaczmarek ... Gail Cornell

Christopher Neame ... Bernard
Robin Johnson ... Cookie Fitzwaring

Robert Knepper ... Nicholas Lang (as Rob Knepper)

Jay Patterson ... Graham Corey

Brion James ... Detective Ulmer
Jack Kehoe ... Detective Brockton

Elizabeth Arlen ... Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe ... Jane Corey

William Forward ... Chief Resident
Lee Gideon ... Mr. Fitzwaring
Bill Bolender ... Nick Lang Sr.
Hillary Hoffman ... Corey's Daughter

John Hawkes ... Sloane

Michael Costello ... College President
Bill Johnson ... Desk Sergeant (as William Johnson)

Brent Anderson ... Metcalf
Wendye Clarendon ... Barb

Marco Perella ... Cab Driver
Joye Swan ... Survey Girl
Charles Beecham ... English Professor

Gabriel Folse ... Frat Jock #1
Matt Thompson ... Frat Jock #2
Barbara MacDonald ... Timbuk 3
Pat MacDonald ... Timbuk 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Carr ... Guitar player (uncredited)
Kirk Hunter ... Extra (uncredited)

Mark Lawyer ... Art Patron (uncredited)

William Throckmorton ... Kissing Booth Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Annabel Jankel 
Rocky Morton 
Writing credits
Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)

Charles Edward Pogue (story) and
Russell Rouse (story) &
Clarence Greene (story)

Produced by
Andrew J. Kuehn .... co-producer
Ian Sander .... producer
Cathleen Summers .... co-producer
Laura Ziskin .... producer
Original Music by
Chaz Jankel 
Cinematography by
Yuri Neyman 
Film Editing by
Raja Gosnell 
Michael R. Miller 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Richard Amend 
Set Decoration by
Michael O'Sullivan 
Costume Design by
Nancy Cone 
Makeup Department
Bridget Bergman .... hair stylist
Barbara Olvera .... hair assistant
Barbara Olvera .... makeup assistant
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeanne Van Cott .... production manager
Jayne Armstrong .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Collister .... second second assistant director
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Art Department
Chris Cherry .... scenic paint foreman
Joe Cooper .... carpenter
Catherine Davis .... on-set dresser
Tom Dreesen .... construction coordinator (as Thomas Dreeson)
Mary Cecile Hjerter Gee .... carpenter
Marcos E. Gonzalez .... assistant props
Jeff Scott Graham .... carpenter
Rex Harder .... set dresser
Robert Janecka .... set dresser
John L. Kehoe .... property master
Terry Kempf .... construction foreman
Doug Lefler .... storyboard artist
Thomas Lemman .... carpenter
James Michael McBride .... set dresser
Brian McDonald .... set dresser
Jenny C. Patrick .... set dresser (as Jenny Patrick)
Richard Petty .... carpenter
Eric A. Williams .... lead man (as Eric Williams)
Leonard Wilson .... set dresser
Ron Greenwood .... property master: re-shoot (uncredited)
David Menefee .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Anna Behlmer .... sound recordist
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Brandau .... sound mixer
Ed Callahan .... dialogue editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Christine Danelski .... assistant sound editor
John Duvall .... foley editor
Thomas A. Fucci .... adr editor
John Haeny .... sound effects editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Allen Hartz .... adr editor
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Mary Jo Lang .... foley re-recordist
Maria Lee Silver .... assistant sound editor
Martin Maryska .... sound effects editor
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
John Morris .... dialogue editor
Lorie O'Shatz .... dialogue editor
Debbie Pinthus .... boom operator (as Deborah Pinthus)
Nic Ratner .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jack 'Deuce' Bennett II .... special effects assistant
Jack Bennett .... special effects coordinator
Kenney Miller .... special effects assistant
Jamie S. Bunch .... stunts
Tim Butler .... stunts
Randy Fife .... stunt coordinator (as Randy 'Fife')
Randy Fife .... stunts (as Randy 'Fife')
Dale Graves .... stunts
James Pate .... stunts
Steve Pate .... stunts
Tim Short .... stunts
John Shults .... stunts (as Jon Shults)
Laura Scott Wallace .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adams .... best boy grip
Daniel Anaya .... electrician
Bryan Ashford .... grip
Sharon Beard .... still photographer
Michael Cohn .... electrician
Stefan Czapsky .... additional photographer
Lee Daniel .... additional first assistant camera
Jim Dinn .... electrician
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Steve Graves .... grip
Christopher Hall .... electrician
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera
George Mays .... grip
Bill O'Drobinak .... second assistant camera
Richard Osborn Jr. .... additional first assistant camera
Christopher Rogers .... dolly grip
Martin Schaer .... camera operator
Steve Spallone .... best boy electric
Michael Alan Spiller .... additional first assistant camera (as Michael Spiller)
Pat Waugh .... electrician
Tom Fraser .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Rody Kent .... casting: Texas
Cathy Sandrich .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Allen .... wardrobe supervisor
Yvonne Cervantes .... wardrobe supervisor
Shari Gray .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Michael Berenbaum .... first assistant editor
Susanne Gervay .... negative cutter
Lisa Lange .... post-production coordinator
Michael Pickel .... post-production associate
Pamela Reisenleiter .... second assistant editor
Douglas Walker .... post-production associate
Location Management
George Herthel .... location manager
Keith Montgomery .... location assistant
Music Department
Don Hahn .... score engineer
Chaz Jankel .... score producer
Michael Linn .... music editor
Michael Linn .... score producer
Mark Watters .... music arranger: string arrangements
Robert Randles .... music advisor (uncredited)
Leonard Rogowski .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John East .... transportation captain
Jerry McKnight .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Barefoot .... first aid
Charles Bartlett .... adr voice
Sara Beechner .... production associate
Anne Carr .... craft service
Cathy Cavadini .... adr voice
Ron Dittman .... production associate
Ike Eisenmann .... adr voice
Marita Grabiak .... script supervisor
Rebecca Greeley .... production coordinator
Geoff Halpin .... logo typographer
William Heald .... production associate
Eric Henshaw .... location restoration
Dominic Hoffman .... adr voice
Cathe Holley .... pre-production coordinator
Kevin Ivey .... production associate
Francine Lauzon .... assistant to producers
Jordan Levin .... publicity intern
Tina Lifford .... adr voice
Joanna Lipari .... adr voice
Nancy Locke .... assistant to producers
Christina MacGregor .... adr voice
April McKee .... craft service
Larry Moss .... adr voice
Susan Napoli .... adr voice
Jan Rabson .... adr voice
Julie Kay Rogers .... production associate
Bryan Scott .... adr voice
Rachel Shaw-Bayon .... production associate
Ellen Smith .... production associate
David Storrs .... synthesizer programmer
Bethlyn Gerard .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami .... associate production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dead on Arrival" - International (English title) (informal title), USA (literal title)
"D.O.A.: Dead on Arrival" - International (English title) (poster title)
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96 min
Black and White (some sequences) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie's MacGuffin was not just the one thing but the film utilizes "two central MacGuffins" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety'. These were an unpublished fiction novel manuscript and the identity of the person who lethally poisoned Professor Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Dexter Cornell:[laughing] So this is what it's all about: some kid's damn homework!See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good update of the original film, with good performances., 8 January 2006
Author: Diego Sada Jr ( from Monterrey, Mexico

OK, so this film may not have won any Oscars, but it is not a bad film. The original "D.O.A." is undoubtedly a better film, but that does not mean this film is bad.

The film stars Dennis Quaid in one of his early roles, when he was first becoming really famous, after "The Right Stuff" made him a star, and a very lovely looking Meg Ryan, when she was still now quite famous.

This is more of an "update" of the 1950 film, rather than a remake, since the setting is different and the characters too, are different. The plot is pretty much the same. A man (this time an English professor at the University of Texas at Austin) is poisoned and he has only 24 hours to find out who poisoned him and why. Meg Ryan plays a young college student who tries to help him. Jane Kaczmarek plays Quaid's estranged wife, in a low key, but intense performance; she steals every scene she is in. Daniel Stern (also in an early role, before "Home Alone" made him famous) plays Quaid's colleague. Charlotte Rampling is fine too in a supporting role.

The entire cast is top notch; The film is stylish, with a quick pace that keeps you guessing until the end.

I think this is a film that is certainly worth watching as a thriller, and as a modern version of a classic film.

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