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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dexter Cornell
... Sydney Fuller
... Mrs. Fitzwaring
... Hal Petersham
... Gail Cornell
... Bernard
... Cookie Fitzwaring
... Nicholas Lang (as Rob Knepper)
... Graham Corey
... Detective Ulmer
Jack Kehoe ... Detective Brockton
... Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe ... Jane Corey
... 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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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead on Arrival  »

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$12,706,478
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Stars Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid met on this film and were subsequently married. The pair tied the knot in 1991 but were divorced in 2001. 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

Mrs. Fitzwaring: How did you know about Nick?
Dexter Cornell: I'm psychic.
Bernard: Good. Then you know what's going to happen to you.
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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 »


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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Stylish, slick and suspenseful, a compelling whodunnit
20 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is a whodunnit in the Hitchcock tradition. You are kept in the dark as suspects come and go. Dennis Quaid is supurb as Dexter, a man doomed to die and Meg Ryan excellent as his babe. There is not much not to like in this little suspense and all the pieces fit neatly together the way they should. You won't be sorry you watched this one if you like suspense.


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