D.O.A. (1950)

Frank Bigelow (Edmond O'Brien), a certified public accountant, goes on vacation in San Francisco. Awakening after a night of drinking, Frank feels sick and is informed by a doctor that he is suffering from "iridium" poisoning… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 30, 1950
DVD Release Date: April 30, 1950
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Mate's direction of the first portion of the story lingers too long over it, spreading the expectancy very thin, but when he does launch his suspense-building it comes over with a solid wallop.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an underwhelming thriller that could and should have fared so much better.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Apesar de determinados elementos que não envelheceram bem (como as referências na trilha às paqueras do herói), tem uma premissa fascinante que consegue gerar boa dose de suspense.

Walter Goodman
New York Times

Incidental pleasures include a bevy of suspiciously beautiful women... the wide lapels and fedoras favored by the heavies, and the ''in'' talk of the period, featuring words like ''hip,'' ''jive'' and ''kicks.''

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] A high-concept movie before there was such a thing, "D.O.A." foreshadowed the poisoning of (possibly) Yasser Arafat and (definitely) Alexander Litvinenko - via polonium-210 - by a half-century.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Rudolph Maté's seminal thriller rapidly decomposes into a campy, confusing bore.

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Time Out

Maté shoots fast and always to the point as he drives his protagonist through endless doorways and rooms which are like trapdoors and boxes in an accelerating nightmare.

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Fernando F. Croce

Sweltering Borgesian fantasy

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David Cornelius

It stands as one of the finest of the post-war B thrillers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
"I want to report a murder." "Who was murdered?" "I was." One of the great "grabber" openings in movie history… More
xGary Xx
Directed by a cinematographer, and it shows. One of the best looking noirs filmed in high contrast black and white, and Edmond O'Brien is interestingly… More
Randy Tippy
Frank Bigelow is an accountant living on borrowed time. Someone has slipped luminous toxin into his bourbon and now he has just a few days to solve his own… More
Michael Gildea
It's always fun to watch a character with nothing left to lose in action.
Aj V
An extremely exciting, suspenseful movie, a really good movie.
Danny Rovira
Rulolph Mate' gripping original film noir about a small town accountant named Frank Bigelow, played brilliantly by Edmond O'Brien, who is desperately… More