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No Way Out (1950)

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A black doctor is assigned to treat two racist White, robbery suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

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The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Sidney Poitier lied to director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and told him he was 27 years old, when actually he was only 22. See more »

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After Dr. Brooks retrieves the spinal tap tray from the cabinet and heads back to the ward where Ray and George Biddle are being treated, the shadow of the boom microphone can be briefly seen on the wall upper left on the screen. See more »

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Dr. Luther Brooks: There is a possiblity that I killed him. Isn't there?
Dr. Dan Wharton: Don't be a fool
Dr. Luther Brooks: That I was careless in the spinal tap. That his brother's Negro-bating got me down.
Dr. Dan Wharton: I don't want to ever here you say anything like that again... Your'e are a capable doctor. You were the doctor in charge. You did what you thought right and there's an end to it.
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears without its familiar fanfare. Instead, the film's music theme begins when the logo is displayed. See more »


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In a Sentimental Mood
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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mann Curtis
Performed by Eddie Miller
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Tense Racial Drama
2 November 1998 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

Although "No Way Out" looks a little dated in comparison to more recent racial dramas, such as "Mississippi Burning," "No Way Out" is still a very tense DRAMA. Poitier (in his first film role) gives a truly break-out performance, but it's Widmark who really steals the show. The riot scenes are beautifully choreographed, lending serious mood to the action.


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