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No Way Out

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The biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the county hospital. Ray biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther brooks. When john dies while luther tries to save him, ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202126089
UPC 024543214571
UPC 14 00024543214571
Format DVD
Release Date 3/7/2006
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Poitier,Sidney
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Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Barbara McLean - Editor
Darryl F. Zanuck - Producer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Writer
Lesser Samuels - Writer
Linda Darnell - Actor
Milton R. Krasner - Cinematographer
Richard Widmark - Actor
Sidney Poitier - Actor
Stephen McNally - Actor
Oscar (1951) Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Lesser Samuels, Nominee, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay
Review Although it is film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz between his triumphs "A Letter to Three Women" and "All About Eve," (for which Mankiewicz won Oscars for his direction and for his screenplays in both 1950 and 1951), "No Way Out" is best known as the site of Sidney Poitier's screen debut. Poitier plays the part of a young doctor in a public hospital accused by Ray Biddle, a psychotic "white trash" racist (played with all the stops out by Richard Widmark) of killing his brother after the two of them had been shot during a failed robbery. Playing Dr. Brooks's brother John, a mail carrier who jokes that his brother may be able to deliver babies but is not qualified to deliver mail (because he does not know what the capital of South Dakota is), Ossie Davis also made his screen debut in "No Way Out," as did his real-life and often-time screen wife, Ruby Dee. Poitier was billed fourth, Davis and Dee not at all, but the film was obviously important in showing an African American professional and a range of sympathetic African Americans onscreen. "No Way Out" is also a gripping melodrama with a race riot (actually a pre-emptive strike from "N--rtown" against the white slum from which the Biddles came). Mankiewicz has a reputation for being a great writer of dialogue with little interest in the visual aspects of cinema: "all talk, and no action." To me, "The Quiet American" is decisive disproof of this indictment, though I wonder how anyone who has watched Bette Davis descend the stairs at the party in "All About Eve" could have thought such a thing (even with all the great lines Davis and George Sanders have in that delirious backstage epic). Although he had just played a heroic doctor (with Jack Palance playing the villain) in Elia Kazan's "Panic in the Streets," Richard Widmark turned in a frightening performance as the fomentor of a race riot and rabid racist. His own 1947 debut in "Kiss of Death" established him as the primo psycho of the post-World War II decade. Widmark had a frightening smirk and a truly blood-curdling giggle. Instead of getting to chew up the scenery and act out every impulse, Poitier's character is trying to prove himself and to be "a credit to his race." He tries to dissuade a black orderly (played by Dots Johnson, who played the drunken M.P. in Rossellini's "Paisˆ") from taking off to join the rumble, telling him that, if he does, he's "no better than they are." The orderly replies that it is too much to expect black folks to be better than white folks, since trying to prove they are as good as white folks gets them attacked, maimed, and killed. Dr. Brooks's boss, Dr. Dan Wharton (Stephen McNally) also counsels pragmatism, but Dr. Brooks is determined to prove himself. He undertakes a dangerous course to get the autopsy that Ray Biddle refuses even after his former sister-in-law Edie (played by Linda Darnell, who had been Lora Mae, another woman who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and bettered herself in
Reviewer Stephen Murray
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Poitier,Sidney
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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