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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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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?


The dialogue in the limo scene in which Tom asks the driver to raise the screen was improvised and initiated by Kevin Costner. As the other actors' reactions seemed more natural then the scripted version, it was kept in the final print. See more »


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 »


Defense Secretary David Brice: [to Farrell] As my assistant you will function as liaison under Scott's supervision between this office and the Intelligence Community.
Defense Secretary David Brice: Calling that collection of piranhas a community is one of life's ironies.
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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 »


Referenced in Conspiracy Theory (1997) See more »


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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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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