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No Way Out (1987)

 -  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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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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Is it a crime of passion, or an act of treason? See more »


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Deceit  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,509,515 (USA)
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Trivia

After playing a call-girl in No Way Out (1987), Sean Young wanted to play another one in her following film Wall Street (1987). The same part eventually went to her former Blade Runner (1982) co-star Daryl Hannah, and Young got the smaller role of Gordon Gekko's wife, due to disagreements with director Oliver Stone. See more »

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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 »

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[Scott Pritchard has committed suicide and Major Donavan has just stormed into Brice's office]
Defense Secretary David Brice: Your search is over, Major!
Maj. Donovan: [looking at Scott's corpse] Is that...?
Defense Secretary David Brice: He shot himself!
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The opening credits appear in orange and then disappear, similar to the reconstruction process for the incriminating photograph of Tom. See more »

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NO WAY OUT
Words & Music by Paul Anka and Michael McDonald
Performed by Julia Migenes and Paul Anka
Produced by Denny Diante
Arranged by Robbie Buchanan
Courtesy of CBS / Columbia Records
Published by Paulanne Music, Inc. and Genevieve Music
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Clever thriller with excellent performances...
21 December 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Kevin Costner stars in this stylish remake of THE BIG CLOCK, a 1948 film noir that starred Ray Milland and Charles Laughton. The setting has been changed from a publishing house to the Pentagon and the time period updated. Some extra plot twists have been added and it all adds up to riveting entertainment after a slow start.

Costner romances Sean Young after a brief flirtation and then discovers she is the mistress of the U.S. Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman). In a fit of jealousy, Hackman accidentally kills Young and then must concoct a plot to keep his identity as her lover a secret. He assigns Costner to lead the investigation and this leads to a suspenseful turn of events that has Costner caught in a net from which he has a hard time escaping. A series of suspenseful chases take place with some excellent camerawork following the chase by car and on foot.

Only weakness here is the rather contrived ending which seems to have been added on for a final twist that is never quite convincing.

Kevin Costner, looking spiffy in his smart Navy white uniform, does an excellent job as a desperate man realizing he must keep his own affair with the victim a secret. Gene Hackman is excellent too but it is Will Patton as his loyal henchman and protector who gives the film's most penetrating performance, especially when his diabolical nature is revealed.

The first twenty-five minutes are much too slow in getting the story off the ground but once it does you'll want to stay tuned until the final denouement. One of the best thrillers produced in the '80s.


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