No Way Out

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Product Overview

A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress. Is it a crime of passion or an act or treason?


Studio MGM
SKU 40132993
UPC 027616843623
UPC 14 00027616843623
Format DVD
Release Date 7/12/2012
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note In this taut remake of "The Big Clock," a Naval intelligence officer assigned to investigate a murder is horrified to find out that the victim is his girlfriend - and that he's being framed as the prime suspect.
Plot Summary
Summary Thriller in which a naval commander begins dating an alluring woman who happens to be the girlfriend of his boss (the Secretary of Defense). When the woman is murdered, the Secretary assigns the task of tracking down the killer to the military officer -- who promptly becomes the main suspect.
New York Times "...NO WAY OUT has the exuberance of something freshly conceived....An expert cast headed by Kevin Costner..." 08/14/1987 p.C3
Variety "...An effective updating and revamping of the 1948 film noir classic THE BIG CLOCK....With razor-sharp, fluid lensing..." 08/12/1987
Los Angeles Times "...[A] cracklingly fine thriller....NO WAY OUT's greatest prize is Costner, a leading man at last: fiercely good, intelligent, appreciatively sensual in a performance balanced between action and introspection..." 08/14/1987 p.C1
Total Film "...Gripping....This is an intricately plotted cat-and-mouse affair with a killer twist..." 11/01/2000 p.118
USA Today "Sean Young is unforgettable..." 11/16/2004 p.5D
Roger Donaldson
Kevin Costner
Sean Young
Gene Hackman
Cast & Crew
Kevin Costner - Actor
Gene Hackman - Actor
Sean Young - Actor
Will Patton - Actor
Kenneth Fearing - Based on Novel By
Roger Donaldson - Director
Mace Neufeld - Executive Producer
Maurice Jarre - Musical Score
Roger Garland - Producer
Robert Garland - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1987
Catalog ID 908436
UPC 00027616843623
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Emotions overrule good sense in Roger Donaldson's No Way Out. The film makes such good use of Washington and builds suspense so well that it transcends a plot bordering on ridiculous. The Pentagon is the arena. Kevin Costner, in his best performance so far, plays Lt. Cdr. Tom Farrell, a naval officer assigned to newly appointed Secretary of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman). It's a dream assignment -- a high-profile job within commuting distance of a steamy Washington affair he has just started. But he gets caught up in a double-edged mission that threatens everything. Screenwriter Robert Garland marries detective pulp with the sophisticated high intrigue of such Washington-based dramas as All The President's Men and Three Days of the Condor. There's a mysterious woman (Sean Young), a man in love with her (Kevin Costner), and a murder. Then Donaldson lays in all the local landmarks -- unseen forces behind bureaucratic walls; ambitious, unscrupulous officials; and, of course, clandestine sex... The strength of No Way Out is in the way it continually ups the ante, Hitchcock-style. Complications beget complications. People stand to lose something all the time. And just about everyone's got a dark side... The acting roles are limited; the characters are pawns in [Roger] Donaldson's and Garland's game of intrigue and deceit (Deceit was actually the film's original title). Nevertheless, Costner is forceful and energetic as Farrell, with a steely-eyed intensity that gives dimension to his football-captain good looks. Sean Young, who was the replicant object of Harrison Ford's affections in Blade Runner, plays Atwell with a lithe, spacey sex appeal. Hackman, possibly Hollywood's most consistent performer, does what he can. And Will Patton plays Hackman's sidekick, Scott Pritchard, with one-note but memorable maliciousness.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Dolby
Product Attributes
Actor Costner,Kevin
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Hollywood Reporter A tightly wound and engrossing thriller.
Desson Howe, Washington Post No Way Out... continually ups the ante...
Leonard Maltin Taut melodramatic thriller...

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