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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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Major Donovan
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Nina Beka
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Kevin O'Brien
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Schiller
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Cup Breaker
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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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A tightly wound and engrossing thriller! See more »


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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deceit  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$35,509,515 (USA)
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The big red bumper sticker on the back of Sam Hessleman's wheelchair seat reads: "Of Course I'm drunk, I'm no stunt driver!" See more »

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Farrell is wearing the Navy Cross medal at the inauguration party, and wearing the ribbon for the Navy Cross medal when he gets out of the cab at the airport on his way to his deployment. So he has the Navy Cross before he was awarded it. It may also be said that he appears to have received it twice, but no gold star (one attached gold star equals second award) is attached to his ribbon and the newspaper article doesn't reflect the second award. See more »

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[the band has started playing ''D'ya think I'm Sexy' by Rod Stewart and two people start disco dancing]
Susan Atwell: We've got a potential nausea situation building here!
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Crazy Credits

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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Version of The Big Clock (1948) See more »

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Hail to the Chief
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Excellent Thriller even When You See for the Fourth Time
19 December 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Washington, the Defense Secretary David Brice (Gene Hackman) has a political dispute with Senator William 'Billy' Duvall (Howard Duff) about the project of a submarine. He asks his adviser Scott Pritchard (Will Patton) to invite the Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner), who has become a national hero after rescuing a sailor during a storm, to join his team. Farrell meets Susan Atwell (Sean Young) in a party and they have a torrid love affair. Farrell learns that Susan is Brice's mistress but he falls in love with her. They spend a weekend together and when they return to Susan's apartment, Brice rings the bell. The upset Farrell leaves the apartment and sees Brice waiting for Susan. Brice has an argument with Susan and pushes her from the balcony. She falls on a glass table and dies. Brice panics and reports the accident to Pritchard. However, the Machiavellian chief of staff accuses the imaginary Soviet mole Yuri of murdering Susan. Farrell is assigned to lead the investigations to find the identity of Yuri, and gets in serious situation with the presence of witnesses of his weekend with Susan and the regeneration of a Polaroid photo that was found in Susan's apartment.

"No Way Out" is an excellent thriller of the 80's even when you see it for the fourth time. The impact of course is reduced, since the plot has one of the most unexpected conclusions, with a twist in the very end that was the motive of several discussions with friends, but it is still a great film. This is one of the best roles of Kevin Costner and Sean Young is incredibly beautiful and sensual. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Sem Saída" ("No Way Out")


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