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No Way Out (1987)

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.

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Storyline

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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,259,460, 16 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,509,515
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The movie features references to a Russian "phantom submarine"; Producer Mace Neufeld and cast-member Fred Dalton Thompson were also involved in the subsequent movie The Hunt For Red October featuring a phantom Russian submarine. See more »

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Near the end, Brice tells Pritchard to give him the gun and that he'll do everything he can to help him out. Brice's hands are on Pritchard's neck and shoulders during this scene. When Brice takes his hands away, you can see there is nothing on Pritchard's shirt collar yet a moment later, you can clearly see a blood stain there. See more »

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Defense Secretary David Brice: It's a House of Cards. There is no Yuri.
Scott Pritchard: It doesn't matter. All the intelligence agencies believe that there's a mole in the Defense Department. You know the theory: that Yuri was sent here by the KGB while he was still in his teens. For all intents and purposes, he can pass as an American.
Defense Secretary David Brice: Scott, they've been talking about that for four years. It's the CIA's wet dream. There's never been a shred of evidence.
Scott Pritchard: But, now, there is. He was the man who spent the weekend with Susan. He was the man ...
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The opening and closing credits pan over the city of Washington. See more »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1987 (1988) See more »

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SAY IT
Words & Music by Paul Anka and Richard Marx
Performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Paul Anka
Published by Paulanne Music, Inc. and Chiboy Music
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No way, should you miss this one

Hot on the heels of The Untouchables, came the next Costner pic. 5 weeks to be exact. No Way Out is one of those exciting thrillers, in many a moon, if with only a slow lead up to the accidental murder of Hackman's mistress (Young), by the man himself, where a hard slap sends her over a balustrade, to her death. Naval seal officer, Tom Farrell (Costner) was making love with Young, prior, where Hackman's knock, was kind of his cue for getting the hell out of there. Hackman plays a powerful minister of defence who has his homosexual assistant, a fantastic Will Patton, do his dirty work for him, where a cover up comes into play, only Costner has been assigned to head the investigation, so he's pretty much dug himself into a grave. This situation of story structure is what makes the movie exciting, where the walls start to come closing in, and Costner feels only too obliged to really tell the other operatives about what really went down, but of course can't, for a few reasons. The car chase scene, that ends on foot was thrilling, where Costner tries to hinder some agents, who are about to uncover evidence that places Costner at the scene of the crime. It's these situations and others that make the film exciting. It's Will Patton who has to commended though, while Hackman adds slight menace. Too, we have the Q and A scenario, with Costner in too deep, defending himself, in the interrogation, which of course puts the other scenes in the before phase. Too again, I don't quite know how Hackman's fate ended. I'm pretty sure he died. I'll guess I'll have to watch this film again. I for one haven't got a problem with that. I guess my only gripe with this exciting espionage thriller, was just the little too long, start, involving the getting to know you stuff, between Costner and Young who get very cozy, as shown in that montage. This plays against the title song, where too Costner and friend live it up The Philippines, in some play/off time, amongst some dancing titties. But this much earlier screen time shared, between our lovebirds, did make her tragic death, more effective. Recommended highly, before Costner went on to make those trifle batch of three hour, bore to death flicks.


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