D.O.A. (1988)




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This 1988 reworking of the 1949 film noir thriller concerns has-been author Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid) who became a college professor after several unsuccessful novels. After one of his students is murdered, Cornell is accused of the crime and, to make matters worse, given a slow-acting poison by an unknown assailant. He must absolve himself of the crime and find his own killer before it's too late. Fortunately, he has the help of an admiring student (Meg Ryan).
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Buena Vista Pictures


Dennis Quaid
as Dexter Cornell
Meg Ryan
as Sydney Fuller
Charlotte Rampling
as Mrs. Fitzwaring
Daniel Stern
as Hal Petersham
Jane Kaczmarek
as Gail Cornell
Robin Johnson
as Cookie
Jack Kehoe
as Det. Brockton
Brion James
as Det. Ulmer
Robert Knepper
as Nicholas Lang
Jay Patterson
as Graham Corey
Elizabeth Arlen
as Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe
as Jane Corey
William Forward
as Chief Resident
Lee Gideon
as Mr. Fitzwaring
Bill Bolender
as Nick Lang Sr.
Hillary Hoffman
as Corey's Daughter
John Hawkes
as Sloane
Michael Costello
as College President
Marco Perella
as Cab Driver
Gabriel Folse
as Frat Jock #1
Matthew Thompson
as Frat Jock #2
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Critic Reviews for D.O.A.

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Cannot even stand in the shadow of the 1950 original, but stylish and entertaining all the same.

April 2, 2005

The derivative and often silly screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue doesn't give the actors much to do except wish they never signed on to this sinking ship.

August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Meg best stuff is behind her.

July 16, 2004

The "film noir on campus" idea works surprisingly well

February 26, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's not on the same level as the original, but it still manages a few enjoyable twists.

January 17, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Reasonably entertaining, but mostly tired remake

September 17, 2002

Audience Reviews for D.O.A.

Dennis plays a professor who was poisoned. He has 24 hours to find out who is trying to kill him. Complex plot.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

This remake of a 1949 film noir has Dennis Quaid, given a slow-acting poison, setting out to find his own murderer before it's too late. It is an involving and entertaining little picture from start to finish. Quaid is at his caustic best; and he is sadly one of the most underused talents in Hollywood. His then beau Meg Ryan also appears with him, but as is usually the case, doesn't really make much of an impact. And this was the second film of real-life ex-couple, Quaid and Ryan.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Weird and boring....

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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