Dennis Quaid
Director: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton Cast: Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid
, Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton,


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"They didn't kill me; I was dead already," is the statement uttered by Dexter Cornell (Dennis Quaid), an English professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has been poisoned by a slow-acting toxin and who has twenty-four hours to track down his killers before he ceases to exist. Remade from the 1949 Rudolph Mate thriller by Annabel Jankel and Rocky Morton, the co-directors jazz up the old luridness with slap-up doggishness that boosts the intensity-level higher than it deserves to go. Cornell is a burned-out novelist trying to hold on to tenure at the university while seeing his marriage collapse around him. As if that weren't enough, he is receiving amorous come-ons from smart, young student Sydney Fuller (Meg Ryan) and being badgered by another student, Nick Lang (Robert Knepper), to read his brilliant first novel. Not long after Dex demurs to Nick to read his novel, Nick is killed in a fall. Only then does Dex find out that Nick has been having an affair with his wife. Things keep going from bad to worse when, after an all-night drinking binge, Dex discovers that he has been slipped a poison that will kill him within 24 hours. Teaming up with the adoring Sydney, Dex tries to track down the person who poisoned him while dodging the cops, since he happens to be a prime murder suspect.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2018
UPC: 0738329231958
Original Release: 1988
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:37:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Co-Director Annabel Jankel; Audio Commentary by Co-Director Rocky Morton; 5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Dexter Cornell
Meg Ryan Syndey Fuller
Charlotte Rampling Mrs. Fitzwaring
Daniel Stern Hal Petersham
Jane Kaczmarek Gail Cornell
Christopher Neame Bernard
Robin Johnson Cookie Fitzwaring
Robert Knepper Nicholas Lang
Jay Patterson Graham Corey
Brion James Detective Ulmer
Jack Kehoe Detective Brockton
Elizabeth Arlen Elaine Wells
Karen Radcliffe Jane Corey
William Forward Chief Resident
Lee Gideon Mr. Fitzwaring
Bill Bolender Nick Lang Sr.
Hillary Hoffman Corey's Daughter
John Hawkes Sloane
Timbuk 3 Actor
Michael Costello College President
Brent Anderson Metcalf
Marco Perella Cab Driver
Gabriel Folse Frat Jock #1
Matthew Thompson Frat Jock #2

Technical Credits
Annabel Jankel Director
Rocky Morton Director
Richard Amend Production Designer
Jack Bennett Special Effects
Thomas Brandau Sound/Sound Designer
Nancy Cone Costumes/Costume Designer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
Louis D'Esposito Asst. Director
Nancy Foy Casting
Raja Gosnell Editor
Clarence Greene Original Story,Screenwriter
Chaz Jankel Score Composer
Andrew Kuehn Co-producer
Michael R. Miller Editor
Yuri Neyman Cinematographer
Michael O'Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Charles E. Pogue Original Story,Screenwriter
Russell Rouse Original Story
Ian Sander Co-producer,Producer
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
Ronnie Spector Makeup
Cathleen Summers Co-producer
DuArt Black and White Cinematographer
Laura Ziskin Co-producer,Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- D.O.A.
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [11:18]
2. Chapter 2 [9:33]
3. Chapter 3 [13:28]
4. Chapter 4 [13:28]
5. Chapter 5 [15:01]
6. Chapter 6 [10:02]
7. Chapter 7 [8:52]
8. Chapter 8 [15:40]
9. Chapter 9 [:00]

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