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4.0 out of 5 stars You Thought You Had A Bad Day?
Well meet Dexter (Dennis Quaid), a novelist with a long dose of writers block, now has been poisoned and his wife murdered, and now one of his students, great day so far?

He's got to find who killed them all, and why, and more importantly - why does someone want him out of the picture. He has to stay alive the full 24hrs - but more importantly, he has to crack...
Published on 18 Jan 2009 by DL Productions UK

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3.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A. Blu-ray 1988 Us import
just a quick note that this works fine on my r2 ps3, quite a good little film noir if not a bit predicable
Published on 14 July 2012 by logangel


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A. Blu-ray 1988 Us import, 14 July 2012
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just a quick note that this works fine on my r2 ps3, quite a good little film noir if not a bit predicable
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4.0 out of 5 stars You Thought You Had A Bad Day?, 18 Jan 2009
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This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
Well meet Dexter (Dennis Quaid), a novelist with a long dose of writers block, now has been poisoned and his wife murdered, and now one of his students, great day so far?

He's got to find who killed them all, and why, and more importantly - why does someone want him out of the picture. He has to stay alive the full 24hrs - but more importantly, he has to crack this one open.

Pretty good film, with a great cameo by Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid plays Dex with skill and is just as good as the 40s version. I think this film has aged well, and looks good today, 20 years on, with it's great filming and film-noir remixed for the 80s style. There are some hairy scenes where things do look rather gruesome, but otherwise this is worth your 90 or so minutes.

Not groundbreaking, but still worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who was murdered? He was!, 17 May 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
D.O.A. is directed by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton and adapted to screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue from a story by Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene. It stars Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Daniel Stern, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Kaczmarek and Christopher Neame. Music is by Chaz Jankel and cinematography by Yuri Neyman.

A loose remake of the 1950 film noir of the same name, the story finds Professor Dexter Cornell (Quaid) staggering into a police station proclaiming that he is dying because someone has poisoned him. Told in flashback by Cornell, we see the events that led up to the point he was poisoned, but not who did it, and then track the frantic Professor as he tries to solve the who done it mystery before he keels over and dies.

Not as bad as the poor box office returns suggest it is, D.O.A. is still very much a frustratingly shaky experience. Lifting only the basic idea of the 1950 movie, the makers stamp their own mark on the premise but add too many red herrings to the already fishy stew. Some plot developments are daft, as is the casting of Meg Ryan in the key femme role - seriously she is just too cookie cute and homely for this material - while the motive reveal is a bit much to swallow. Yet there's still a lot to enjoy and sample here for the neo-noir faithful.

Visually the picture is stylish and appreciative to its noir roots. Opening in black and white to set the story in motion, Jankel and Morton then infuse the film with angled shots and frame distortions. Shadows often come into play, with Venetian blinds and roof rafters impacting, while the addition of a spiral staircase late in the day is most pleasing. Quaid is ever watchable in what is a tricky role that calls for him to garner sympathy whilst not being likable! While elsewhere Stern and Rampling provide good characterisations, even if as written the roles are too small given the importance the characters have to the plot shenanigans.

A bit over cooked on the page, and basically a race against time thriller dressed up in neo-noir clothing, D.O.A. is still none the less worthy of a viewing. 6.5/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars D.O.A. = delicious organic action?, 9 Mar 2014
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This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
It's a hoot seeing a young Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan running around stuck to each other (quite literally here). A wonderful mix of drama, thriller and suspense mystery. You could do a whole heck of a lot worse. By the numbers maybe but fairly fun, thrilling numbers here. And there's tar pits too. Theres much to enjoy here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 16 Oct 2014
This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
Good price but sadly the film has dated now but good storyline
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Who Did It, 8 April 2011
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Mrs. Clark (Herne Bay, Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: D.O.A. [DVD] [1988] [1989] (DVD)
This is an intriguing and clever film where the dying man, Dennis Quaid, has to try and work backwards to find out who poisoned him. A novel reversal of a story. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Dec 2014
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A lovely gift for a friend
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