No Way Out
No Way Out (1987)

No Way Out is told in flashback as Naval officer Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) is grilled by his superiors regarding a recent "unpleasantness." While at a Washington party, Tom meets Susan Atwel (Sean Young), and they're soon… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 1987
DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
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91%
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User Score
72%

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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Roger Donaldson's modern spin on the dense, stylish suspense films of the 1940s features fine work from Gene Hackman and Sean Young, as well as the career-making performance that made Kevin Costner a star.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

While the film's behind-the-scenes look into the world of Washington bureaucracy is appealing, the movie is a complete letdown as a thriller, dissolving into implausible silliness.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A thriller that grabs you even before the ironies of its plot kick in is a thriller you don't want to miss. No Way Out is that sort of movie, a thriller that's thrilling throughout.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

No Way Out is a secret noir.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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 something new.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A juicy thriller-romance bursting out of the Pentagon's arid corridors.

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Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

No Way Out may take about half its runtime to finally get the story moving, but when it does, the audience is treated to a grand thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

No Way Out's greatest prize is Costner, a leading man at last: fiercely good, intelligent, appreciatively sensual in a performance balanced perfectly between action and introspection.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Viewers who arrive at the movie five minutes late and leave five minutes early will avoid the setup and payoff for the preposterous twist that spoils this lively, intelligent remake of 1948's The Big Clock.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film is remembered for its limo sex scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Costner vehicle saved from total mediocrity by, yet again, Gene Hackman (he should've belonged to International Rescue the number of dreary Hollywood… More
Deb S
Minister of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman) accidently kills his mistress Susan (Sean Young) and his secretary Scott Pritchard (Will Patton) devices a ploy… More
Dean McKenna
Tense and racy thriller in Pentagon. Sean Young's hotter in naked when she asked her close friend to borrow her apartment for a night.
ashley hayes-beaty
Very 80s,but very good. Suspense,drama and mystery. I hated Sean Young, I wanted her to die in the first bit of the movie-lol. But its a great movie. I miss the… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a pretty damn good and entertaining suspense/thriller. This is one of those movies that keeps getting better is it goes along and it, most definitely,… More
matt sigur
Classic.

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