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No Way Out (1987)

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman were later considered for the lead roles in The Fugitive (1993). Instead, the roles went to Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. See more »

Goofs

When Farrell's arm is sliced by the "goon" at the end it is much lower on the arm than where the band-aid shows it wrapped up in the last shots. See more »

Quotes

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.
[laughs]
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 »

Connections

Referenced in Young Hercules: No Way Out (1998) See more »

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WILD THING
By Chip Taylor
Published by Blackwood Music, Inc.
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From the depth of fourth time around
11 October 2013 | by cougmumbySee all my reviews

I've just hauled this off the shelf and watched it for the umpteenth time. Flawed though it is, I love it. The controversy amid reviewers is surprising to me; but perhaps I don't watch sufficient "thrillers" to have a list of expectations--which several folks seem to have found unfulfilled.

Spoilers: "No Way Out" is composed of one surprise after another...a series of surprises, if you will. From learning that Tom and Susan's original meeting was contrived by others to the shock of her murder, to the reappearance of the forgotten Polaroid negative, to the murder of the IT man and the final scene, with its suspense-filled last scene, I--as a repeat viewer--was constantly aware of Tom's reaction to every incident in the light of what the ending revealed to us....as well as what it did not. The last line, "let him go. He'll be back. He has nowhere else to go" is so poignant.

This is very early Costner. The work of a business administration major who suddenly decided he wanted to act. The subtleties in what I understand was only his second performance are astonishing. If you didn't like it, forget it. but if you did, I strongly recommend watching it at least three times.


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