No Way Out

MGM Released 1987


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Roger Donaldson

No Way Out is a stylish suspense film, reminiscent of the film noir genre from the 1940's. No Way Out is a masterful film, with an intricate plot that will keep you guessing as it hurtles along at breakneck speed. The film opens with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) meeting a beautiful, mysterious woman at a ball. Immediately smitten, Farrell begins an affair with the lovely Susan Atwell (Sean Young), all the while knowing she is involved with another man. Returning to D.C. permanently, Farrell is tasked to work closely with Secretary of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman) and soon discovers he is the other man in Susan's life. When Susan is found murdered, Farrell is asked by Brice, the real killer, to find out the identity of Susan's other lover. Aided by his General Counsel Scott Pritchard (Will Patton), Brice concocts a story implicating Susan in an affair with a KGB sleeper agent. Unwilling to protect his boss and unable to implicate himself, Farrell must rely on his wits to live long enough to expose the truth. A terrific thriller, No Way Out is a labyrinth of twists and turns, with the final scene a shocking revelation of the real truth.



Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    No Way Out is a superior example of the genre, a film in which a simple situation grows more and more complex until it turns into a nightmare not only for the hero but also for eve...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    No Way Out emerges, paradoxically, as a film that is better than it has to be and not as good as it ought to be, but there is skill here, as well as an admirable willingness to try...

  • 75

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    At times it doesn't make a lick of sense, and at times it's as shaky as a Poindexter memory. But it's full of goofy developments and paranoid fantasies; it's the perfect movie for ...

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David Paymer

David Paymer


Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Defense Secretary David Brice

Howard Duff

Howard Duff

Senator William 'Billy' Duvall

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell

Will Patton

Will Patton

Scott Pritchard

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