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No Way Out (1987)

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

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writers:

Kenneth Fearing (novel), Robert Garland (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Tom Farrell
Gene Hackman ... David Brice
Sean Young ... Susan Atwell
Will Patton ... Scott Pritchard
Howard Duff ... Senator Duvall
George Dzundza ... Sam Hesselman
Jason Bernard ... Major Donovan
Iman ... Nina Beka
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Marshall
Leon Russom ... Kevin O'Brien
Dennis Burkley ... Mate
Marshall Bell ... Contra #1
Chris D. Chris D. ... Contra #2
Michael Shillo Michael Shillo ... Schiller
Nicholas Worth ... Cup Breaker
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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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A tightly wound and engrossing thriller! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deceit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$35,509,515
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Company Credits

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Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the State dinner Farrell and Susan attend, a Maori troop perform a war dance. Director Roger Donaldson is from New Zealand and put the reference in as a tribute to his homeland. See more »

Goofs

When they're first viewing Sean Young's character's body on the floor, you can see her left blouse collar rising and lowering with her heartbeat. See more »

Quotes

[Contra has chased Tom right up to the Secretary's Office when they are stopped by the MPs]
Tom Farrell: [to nearest MP] I am your superior officer and I am giving you a direct order to *arrest this man*!
Contra #2: I have orders from Pritchard!
Tom Farrell: DO IT!
Contra #2: I have my orders from Pritchard!
Tom Farrell: [to Contra] SHUT UP!
[Tom kicks Contra 2 in the groin. Contra is dragged away by the MPs]
Tom Farrell: And if he resists, SHOOT HIM!
MP: Yes, sir!
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing credits pan over the city of Washington. See more »

Connections

References No Way Out (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A brilliant cold war thriller that is as rivetting today as it was when it was made in 1987.
28 February 1999 | by mataharSee 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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