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
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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14 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Deceit  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$35,509,515 (USA)

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After playing a call-girl in No Way Out (1987), Sean Young wanted to play another one in her following film Wall Street (1987). That 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 »


During the opening flyover of the Pentagon, both North and South parking lots are relatively empty; during the closing flyover, both lots are full though only a few minutes of interrogation time have passed. See more »


Defense Secretary David Brice: [Tom, discovering Susan's dead suddenly needs to leave Brice's office] Cmdr Farrell, are we boring you?
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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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By Chip Taylor
Published by Blackwood Music, Inc.
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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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