No Way Out

No Way Out is a 1987 American dramatic political thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson and produced by Robert Garland and Laura Ziskin.  The screenplay was written by Robert Garland and is based on the 1948 film and 1946 novel titled ‘The Big Clock’ by Kenneth Fearing.

No Way Out | No Way Out Movie Poster | 1987 | Kevin Costner | Gene Hackman | Sean Young | Will Patton | Howard Duff | George Dzunda | Jason Bernard | Fred Thompson | Iman | Dennis Burkley | Brad Pitt | David Paymer | |
No Way Out Movie Poster

Rated:  R (movie contains adult situations/language, nudity and violence)
Run Time:  1h 54min
Release Date:  August 14, 1987 (USA)
Genre:  Action, Drama, Political, Thriller
Director:  Roger Donaldson
Studio:  Orion Pictures
Budget:  $15 Million
Box Office:  $35.5 Million

No Way Out stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff, George Dzunda, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, Iman, Dennis Burkley, Brad Pitt and David Paymer.

No Way Out is the story of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) who is considered a national hero after rescuing a sailor during a storm.  Farrell gets posted at the Pentagon and reports to the Secretary of Defense David Brice (Gene Hackman).  Commander Farrell attends a party and meets a young woman named Susan Atwell (Sean Young) and the two have a torrid love affair.  Farrell then discovers Secretary Brice is also romantically involved with Atwell but Farrell is in love with her.  Tom and Susan spend  a romantic weekend together and when they return to her apartment, Secretary Brice rings the bell.  Tom is upset and leaves the apartment and seeks Brice waiting for Susan.  Susan tells Brice that she is seeing someone and they could not continue their affair and it escalates into an argument and Brice pushes her from the balcony and she falls on a glass table and dies.  Secretary Brice panics and reports the accident to his chief of staff Scott Prichard (Will Patton) who assigns the murder investigation to Commander Farrell to find the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole.  As he begins his investigation, he uncovers shocking clues including a Polaroid negative which he believes is a picture that Susan took of Tom during their weekend together.  As additional details surface about his encounter with Susan, he becomes a suspect as well.

Movie Quotes

“Do you realize the magnitude of the scandal? The Secretary of Defense and a Soviet agent sharing the favors of a murdered whore.” – Scott Prichard 
“He’s the most extraordinary person I’ve ever met in my life. If it came to it, I’d lay down my life for him.” – Scott Prichard
“Is that a job requirement?” – Tom Farrell

“Tom is the one who saw you at Susan’s. He’s know about you all along, isn’t that right? We do know what that means. If Commander Farrell is the man who was with Miss Atwell, then Commander Farrell is the man who killed Miss Atwell. And we know that the man who killed Miss Atwell is Yuri. Therefore, Commander Farrell is Yuri, quod erat demonstrandum.” – Scott Prichard

“Your search is over, Major!” – David Brice
“Is that…?” – Major Donovan
“He shot himself!” – David Brice

Official Movie Trailer

Movie Stars

Kevin Costner as Tom Farrell

Gene Hackman as David Brice

Sean Young as Susan Atwell

Will Patton as Scott Prichard

Howard Duff as Senator Duvall

George Dzunda as Sam Hesselman

Jason Bernard as Major Donovan

Fred Thompson as Marshall

Iman as Nina Beka

Dennis Burkley as Mate

Brad Pitt as Officer

David Paymer as Technician