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No Way Out (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  14 August 1987 (USA)
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A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senator Duvall
Sam Hesselman
Jason Bernard ...
Major Donovan
Nina Beka
Kevin O'Brien
Marshall Bell ...
Contra #1
Chris D. ...
Contra #2
Michael Shillo ...
Cup Breaker


Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A tightly wound and engrossing thriller! See more »


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Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deceit  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$35,509,515 (USA)

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Did You Know?


At the State dinner Farrell and Susan attend, a Maouri troop perform a war dance. Director Roger Donaldson is from New Zealand and put the reference in as a tribute to his homeland. See more »


After Farrell slides down a slope covered in grass, dirt and leaves, he gets up and his white navy uniform is pristine, without a single stain. See more »


Defense Secretary David Brice: [Panicking and throwing papers at scott] This is insane, It's out of control. Your cover story's not going to hold water.
Scott Pritchard: Yes, it will, but you have to have more moral courage.
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits pan over the city of Washington. See more »


Referenced in Film 2015: Episode dated 12 November 2014 (2014) See more »


Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson (uncredited)
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A brilliant cold war thriller that is as rivetting today as it was when it was made in 1987.
28 February 1999 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

"No Way Out" is one of the most original, suspenseful, tightly-knit thrillers ever made, comparable to John Frankenheimer's "Seven Days in May". Set in the Cold War era, Gene Hackman plays the Secretary of Defense, a married man obsessed with his mistress, the exquisitely beautiful Sean Young...as is her other secret lover, Costner, a Naval Admiral who is the C.I.A.'s Liaison. When Hackman accidentally kills Young in a jealous rage, a cover-up begins to find the notorious, never-seen Russian mole "Yuri" who works within the Pentagon, and to frame him for the murder. Costner is commanded to oversee the operation, and the action begins...and is sustained with the intensity of a race on the Autobahn. The amazing all-star cast also features Will Patton, George Dzunda, Iman and David Paymer. Costner delivers what is perhaps his most subtle performance. What distinguishes "No Way Out" is its brilliant plotting, tautness, and constant surprises...with the ending being the most deliriously mind-blowing surprise of all.

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