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DOA (1988 film)

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Genre  Mystery, Thriller
Budget  29 million USD
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

Adapted from  D.O.A.
Language  English
DOA (1988 film) movie poster
Director  Annabel Jankel Rocky Morton
Release date  March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18)
Writer  Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay), Charles Edward Pogue (story), Russell Rouse (story), Clarence Greene (story)
Directors  Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel
Cast  Dennis Quaid (Dexter Cornell), Meg Ryan (Sydney Fuller), Charlotte Rampling (Mrs. Fitzwaring), Daniel Stern (Hal Petersham), Jane Kaczmarek (Gail Cornell), Christopher Neame (Bernard)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Blackhat, Back to the Future, Salt, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Loft
Tagline  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.

D.O.A. is a 1988 American crime-thriller film and a remake of the 1950 film noir of the same name. While it shares the same premise, it has a different story and characters. The film was directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, and scripted by Charles Edward Pogue. The writers of the original film, Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene, share story credit with Pogue. It stars Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, and Charlotte Rampling. The movie was filmed in Austin, Texas and San Marcos, Texas.


DOA (1988 film) movie scenes


DOA (1988 film) movie scenes

A man staggers into the police station to report a murder. When the desk sergeant asks who was murdered, he answers: "I was."

DOA (1988 film) movie scenes

That man is Professor Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid), who then sits down to video-tape his account.

DOA (1988 film) movie scenes

Thirty-six hours previously, Cornell is on campus. He is a college professor, was once a promising writer, made his name and is secure in his tenure, but he has spent the last four years going through the motions and playing it safe. "Publish or perish" is the contrasting rule of university politics and Cornell helps his friend Hal Petersham (Daniel Stern) with his first book.

While Cornell is in his office, a promising student, Nick Lang (Robert Knepper), jumps off a building right outside his office window in an apparent suicide. This, coupled with the depressing Christmas season, unseasonably hot weather, and a pending divorce with his estranged wife Gail (Jane Kaczmarek) whom he suspects was having an affair with Lang, leads Cornell to seek out the local bars for a night of heavy drinking. There he meets admiring student Sydney Fuller (Meg Ryan) and they proceed to get drunk.

The next morning, Cornell, feeling his sickness is more than just a hangover, stops by the campus medical clinic for a checkup. After running some tests, they discover that he has been poisoned and has 36 hours to live. An incredulous Cornell staggers out to try to make sense of it all.

Aided by Fuller, whom he kidnaps by super-gluing himself to her arm, he attempts to recreate the events of the previous night hoping to discover who could have murdered him. The list of suspects includes his wife, who is also the victim of a murder, which the police make half-hearted efforts to pin on Cornell.

It is learned that Lang was not a suicide but was also murdered. Cornell also suspects Lang's mentor Mrs. Fitzwaring (Charlotte Rampling), Bernard (Christopher Neame) the Fitzwarings' chauffeur and Graham Corey (Jay Patterson), a jealous co-worker.

In the end, at the police station, Cornell has solved the crime. His friend Hal had read and was so impressed by Nick Lang's manuscript that he decided to kill Nick and steal the novel for himself. However, this involved killing anyone who knew that Nick was the original author, including Dexter. After a scuffle, Dexter shoots Hal who then falls out his office window. Dexter resigns himself to his fate.


  • Dennis Quaid as Professor Dexter Cornell
  • Meg Ryan as Sydney Fuller
  • Daniel Stern as Hal Petersham
  • Charlotte Rampling as Mrs. Fitzwaring
  • Jane Kaczmarek as Gail Cornell
  • Christopher Neame as Bernard
  • Robin Johnson as Cookie Fitzwaring
  • Robert Knepper as Nicholas Lang
  • Jack Kehoe as Detective Brockton
  • Jay Patterson as Graham Corey
  • Reception and Box Office

    D.O.A. opened to mixed reviews and currently has a rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert liked the film, calling it a "witty and literate thriller". However, Caryn James of The New York Times was not as impressed, and called it "one of the season's biggest disappointments".

    Despite several lukewarm reviews, D.O.A. had a strong opening weekend, debuting at No. 3 at the US box office. By the end of its run, the film earned a total of $12.7 million in domestic sales.


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