"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 ...
"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. Paul Brenner, Rovi
Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Daniel Stern, Jane Kaczmarek. New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 98 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1988. Factory Sealed Brand New Blu-Ray
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GENRE: Dramatic detective thriller
CAST: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Kaczmarek, Daniel Stern, Robin Johnson and Jack Kehoe
PLOT: After being poisoned, a college professor/ex-writer finds that the police believe him to be complicit in his estranged wife's simultaneous murder. Several other deaths occur, seemingly linked to his "walking dead" situation. He tries to determine who his killer is before his death occurs in 24 hours.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10; The acting is tremendous here .And, there are some of Hollywoods most recently beautiful (well they still are) actresses. But while the film opens in a noir echo of the 50s remake that it is, the color never satisfactorilly returns to the screen. So, the pan is for bad cinematog , directing and editing.
DVD BONUS: None in the version of the DVD I watched.
ADDED NOTES: None in the version I wrote. There is enjoyment in this film if you like to figure out the why's and who's in detective adventures. This one keeps twisting and maintaining attention at least.