Synopsis: Dexter Cornell, an English Professor becomes embroiled in a series of murders involving people around him. Dexter has good reason to want to find the murderer but hasn't much time. He finds help and comfort from one of his students, Sydney Fuller.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

- Shit.

- Why?

Time of year, isn't it?

Holiday depression and all that.

And this heat. Makes a guy

do all sorts of insane things.

Pretty grim.

- So's this.

- Yeah. Well, next semester...

I'm on the best-seller list and

we are up to our asses in Dewar's.

What the hell kind of problem could

a college kid have that he thinks

only a swan dive could solve?

That was no ordinary college kid.

You wanna talk about problems?

His father was a thief.

One night about four years ago,

he breaks into the Fitzwaring mansion...

killed the husband.

So what does the widow do? She puts

the thief's son through college.

- The Fitzwaring murder? That's the kid?

- Was.

Guess all the money in the world

can't buy Nick a happy ending, huh?

He was a poetic little fucker, though.

- That's Nick's independent project.

- Good read, huh?

- I don't know. I didn't read it.

- You didn't read it?


Well, then what's the A for?

- Ambitious?

- I don't believe you didn't read it.

What, were you uptight that

one of your students might actually

produce something of quality?

No. I was uptight about having

to wade through 400 pages...

of flatulent student fiiction.

Now I don't have to.

Oh, God.

Now I do have to.

Not necessarily sober, though.

Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

Less egg, Gail, more nog.

Who's this card from?

Uncle Charlie.

- Mine or yours?

- It's yours.

- I thought he was dead.

- No. The dead one's mine.

- Student suicide on campus today.

- I left that box of records

of yours by the door.

We, uh, mailing out

joint Christmas cards this year?

- I already sent mine out.

- Guess not.

Oh, I forgot.

I've got a gift for you.

Oh, God, Dex. Why?

Well, don't worry.

It's nothing much.

Hot date? Didn't think you'd dress

like that to trim a tree.

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Charles Edward Pogue

Charles Edward Pogue Jr. (born January 18, 1950) is an American screenwriter, playwright and stage actor. He is best known for writing the screenplays of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983), Psycho III (1986), The Fly (1986) and Dragonheart (1996). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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