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D.O.A. (1949)

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Release Date: Apr 30, 1950 Wide

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"I want to report a murder...mine." So begins D.O.A. Told in flashback, the story tells of how vacationing CPA Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien) becomes the recipient of a deadly poison known as iridium. Told by a doctor that he hasn't long to live, Bigelow desperately retraces his movements of the previous 24 hours, trying to locate his murderer. Through the aid of his secretary Paula Gibson (Pamela Britton) (who doesn't know of her employer's imminent demise), Bigelow traces a shipment of iridium

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Apr 30, 1950

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Sweltering Borgesian fantasy

February 4, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Apesar de determinados elementos que não envelheceram bem (como as referências na trilha às paqueras do herói), tem uma premissa fascinante que consegue gerar boa dose de suspense.

June 6, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Rudolph Maté's seminal thriller rapidly decomposes into a campy, confusing bore.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It stands as one of the finest of the post-war B thrillers.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Features a murder victim who acts as a detective to solve his own murder.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Crafty, potent little noir.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Contains one of the cleverest noir concepts ever. A great film.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for D.O.A.

"I want to report a murder." "Who was murdered?" "I was." One of the great "grabber" openings in movie history doesn't disappoint, leading to a tense and fatalistic noir about a poisoned accountant searching for his own killer.
June 27, 2013
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Greg S

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An impressive film noir with a brilliant idea:

Homicide Detective: Can I help you?
Frank Bigelow: I'd like to see the man in charge.
Homicide Detective: In here...
Frank Bigelow: I want to report a murder.
Homicide Captain: Sit down. Where was this murder committed?
Frank Bigelow: San Francisco, last night.
Homicide Captain: Who was murdered?
Frank Bigelow: I was.

The story does live up to the high expectation that that first line creates too, filmed in beautiful black and white and with a killer script. Unlike many films of the era though, the ending is not sugarcoated and it's all the better for it!
June 26, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Frank Bigelow is an accountant living on borrowed time. Someone has slipped luminous toxin into his bourbon and now he has just a few days to solve his own murder. D.O.A. is over-acted, over-scripted and under-appreciated. An absolute delight!
March 22, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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An extremely exciting, suspenseful movie, a really good movie.
October 26, 2010
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