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No Way Out (1987)

Kevin Costner , Gene Hackman , Roger Donaldson  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, Howard Duff
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Robert Garland, Kenneth Fearing
  • Producers: Glenn Neufeld, Laura Ziskin, Mace Neufeld, Robert Garland
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792844874
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "No Way Out" on IMDb

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  • Collectible "Making-Of" Booklet

Editorial Reviews

Imagine being a hunter leading highly trained bloodhounds in pursuit of a killer...and the trail leads directly to you! Starring Academy-AwardÂ(r) winners Kevin Costner* and Gene Hackman,** No Way Out is "a mesmerizing look at Washington power" (The Hollywood Reporter).Capturing a well-deserved four stars from critic Roger Ebert, this "taut [and] stylish" (Newsweek) thriller is fast-paced and powerful"a perfect nailbiter" (Variety)! In a fit of rage, Secretary of Defense David Brice (Hackman) murders his mistress. To keep a lid on the scandal, Brice's loyal aide (Will Patton) creates the perfect cover-up: he "invents" a more enticing killera Russian spyand then enlists naval commander Tom Farrell (Costner) to find him. But as achilling twist of fate would have it, Farrell also has a strong connection to the victim and now all the clues he's been hired to uncover are leading straight to him! In a desperate race against time, Farrell's search for the killer is not only a matter of national security, but also a matter of saving his own hide. *1990: Director and Picture, Dances with Wolves **1971:Actor, The French Connection; 1992: Supporting Actor, Unforgiven

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Whodunnit ... With Kevin Costner? January 22, 2002
Back in the beginning of his cinema career, Kevin Costner made intelligent choices about the films he made, and NO WAY OUT -- to this day -- stands as perhaps his finest performance yet. This clever whodunnit very sparingly drops clues along the way for the most astute viewer, but, if you're watching closely, you begin to see things coming about for the Naval Intelligence Officer ... and, if you're really clever, you might guess the ending. A must-see for political thrill-seekers!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTRICATELY CRAFTED POLITICAL THRILLER October 11, 2003
If only the ending could be just a tad different, this would be twice as popular as it ever got. The topnotch, passionately made film largely goes unsung, a bit like "The Siege," only because it threw away all the riveting plot twists when it reached its ho-hum finale (some may call it a great final twist).
Quibbles aside, this fast paced nail-biter may be one of the quickest 2 hours of cinema ever filmed. Costner plays a Navy commander assigned to a high level post in the DOD, where he, and the Secretary of Defense become embroiled in a murder/scandal. The bulk of the film chronicles the Departments Under Secretary's attempts to quash the problem. A high level Russian mole in the U.S. government is being pursued throughout the film. The chase keeps narrowing down more and more drawing the government officials closer and closer to the culprit. The tension became almost unbearable as the mole was about to be trapped.
Costner, for a change, is really convincing in his role, the tight dialog helping him immeasurably. Sean Young actually smiles in this movie and looks twice as good as all her other newer movies put together. Gene Hackman has the usual commanding screen presence.
All in all, a fabulous politically charged thriller you ought not to miss!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love conspiracy, you will love this movie too! February 16, 2006
This is one of the benchmark for the movies based on political drama and corruption in government departments. The story is about a secretary in Pentagon, and his attempts to cover-up the accidental killing of his mistress. The corrupt officers will not stop at anything to save the secretary from loosing his position. The defence secretary put Tom Farrell (Kevin Costner) in charge of the murder investigation and later uses him for the cover up by falsely accusing him of a being a KGB spy. The world around Farrell changes, as the people he was supposed to trust turns out to be corrupt and partners with the defence secretary. Go for this movie if you like the conspiracy and political thriller because till date very few movies are made up to this mark.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A intelligent masterpiece March 18, 2000
When I first watch this movie 12 years ago, I was expecting it as just another sexy flick. But I was totally unprepared to be blown away by the superb plot, intriguing dialogue and "who-can-beat-that" ending. Not to forget the most amazing cast. Will Patton should get an award for his role. Easily one of the best movies I have ever seen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on every level September 20, 2012
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If you are looking for a film that truly manages to raise the level of tension time after time, this one is for you. It is easy to forget that at this time Costner was the hottest actor in the world and that would continue for a few years, when he churned out hit after hit. Those films, like Bull Durham and Dancing With Wolves are fine films, without question, but I feel that this one is his finest. He is a master of action and suspense, going through a range of emotions and it reminds me of what a quality actor Costner once was.

What I loved about it was the unexpected. I cannot recall a single film that so effectively fooled me. Sure, there are things that, if you look at logically, you question, but I didn't care at all at the time because I was so immersed in the story.

The supporting cast is filled with terrific actors, most especially Gene Hackman, who is one of the all-time greats, and Sean Young. It is also easy to forget how hot she was at this time and this movie showcases why.

Should be given a proper blu ray treatment with all the special features. It is a great great film, one of the best of the 80s.

By the way, I am reviewing the all region dvd. It has Korean writing on the case and that concerned me but all I had to do was turn those subtitles off. It does not have English subtitles, and I don't know if the CC works with this, so any deaf customers may want to know that.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart quenching and suspenseful. May 3, 2000
After so long this movie has been out-of-print, I got this DVD the moment it came out in late April. No Way Out is simply one of the best Kevin Costner movies I've ever seen. I believe this was where he scored his first break as a talented action star with his sexy and heart throb good looks. The cover up story is very nerve racking that you can really feel the suspense around it. The movie runs for almost 2 hours and it takes you around the Washington DC area & the Pentagon and is worth watching over & over again. The chronology of episodes really intensifies the viewers until the whole cover up explodes at the climax. The movie also ignites with passion, as Kevin Costner fell for the Secretary of Foreign Affair's mistress played by Sean Young. Of course, Gene Hackman, one of the all time best actors around, also played a good role as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Sex & politics is just a hot topic of our times and in the coming November 2000 elections especially when loyalty and integrity and devotion to your job & countrymen come into play. That's what this movie stirs some criticisms but not this extreme. It kind of reminds us of the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal. If you've seen Murder at 1600, you'll gonna like this one. The DVD is dual featured in standard & widescreen versions, theatrical trailer and a special "the making of" track. It is worth owning it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like the adverage person knows about Region 2
I work in engineering and only 1 person out of 8 knew what Region 2 meant. Would make more sense to say not usable in US DVD's. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Connie G.
5.0 out of 5 stars no way out
The reason I chose this movie is: I love Kevin Costner. The acting was very good. The plot was good but some scenes were too long....loved it anyway.
Published 24 days ago by Wanda Cogburn
5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
This movie is an oldie but it still holds true now as ever before. But we call them sleeper cells now. You don't think this still goes on today? Read more
Published 1 month ago by laurie
3.0 out of 5 stars This Film Improves with Age
This film made more sense the second time around and it had been years before I had last seen it. Excellent entertainment, not a classic but good suspense and Costner as he was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan K. Sumrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought as a gift for a friend. I had seen it and it was a great movie - one of the few times you don't know the ending. What a surprise.
Published 1 month ago by Steeler Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars WILL PATTON: Need I say more?
After reading the first 5 reviews, I am thoroughly disgusted only one mentions WILL PATTON. This is about "NO WAY OUT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe David Solis
5.0 out of 5 stars See it
Great movie. We'll done. Holds viewers attention throughout Costner is superb as is the supporting cast wish they were making movies today like this one
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars I received it
This movie was in very good condition. I like watching it. very good movie. I would recommend it to family, and friends
Published 3 months ago by Debora Stanford
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller. Costner is one great actor
This movie starts off very slow, I admit to hitting the ff button a couple of times BUT when it gets going it doesn't stop. In fact, it gets faster and faster. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hard To Find Music and Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Costner's best with a real twist at the end
One of Kevin Costner's best efforts with a real twist at the end. It will probably knock your socks off!!

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