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5.0 out of 5 stars "You have no idea what men of power can do"
Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Sean Young, Iman, Gene Hackman. Costner plays a Naval Officer (Farrell) working a tour in Intelligence at the Pentagon. He's having an affair with the mistress of the Secretary of State for Defence. Then she turns up dead, and Farrell finds himself in charge of the investigation to find her killer - only he's the one in the frame. Very...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with your bosses girlfriend
Ignore the silly and superfluous beginning and end and just enjoy the dangerous relationship between Kevin Kostner and Sean Young under the very nose of Gene Hackman. Not to mention the political intrigues.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You have no idea what men of power can do", 1 Dec 2004
This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Sean Young, Iman, Gene Hackman. Costner plays a Naval Officer (Farrell) working a tour in Intelligence at the Pentagon. He's having an affair with the mistress of the Secretary of State for Defence. Then she turns up dead, and Farrell finds himself in charge of the investigation to find her killer - only he's the one in the frame. Very competent, understated thriller: a welcome break from the hysterical spy films of today. Gene Hackman (as the SecState) and Will Patton (his Special Counsel) both lend solid support. The best Costner film I've seen.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classy thriller, 2 Sep 2003
This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
Costner's naval officer Farrell cuts a dash in this fast-moving tale of cold war protocol and cover-up.A deftly-woven plot draws you into the cat and mouse chase,with Farrell assigned to find his lover's killer.Hackman's Brice is Secretary of Defence,and it transpires, also her ex-lover and accidental killer.And the fall guy is a concocted Russian spy.Fast pace and a few suprises in this immensely watchable "eighties" thriller.There's a twist at the end that will blow your mind.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge of your seat!, 8 Aug 2000
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This review is from: No Way Out [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is an extremely good thriller, that gets better the more times you see it. Kevin looks very young, but really fits the part well. Gene Hackman and Will Patton are very good in this film, too. Sean Young does us all a favour and gets bumped off nice and early on, and from then on the chase begins. Lots of nice shots of Kevin in tight white trousers! The woman who plays 'Nina Beka' is a very good actress, and I particularly like the scene where Kev and Will go to visit her. One small error in the filming: when Susan takes the photo of Tom, he isn't in the same position when the photo is revealed later on in the film! I've watched this a lot - it really is a fantastic, 'on the edge of your seat' thriller! Watch it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all remakes are a bad idea, 6 Feb 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
No Way Out is an excellent reworking of The Big Clock, moved from a 1940s publishing building to the Pentagon of the 1980s, with Kevin Costner charged with finding the killer of his girlfriend, who also happens to be the Defense Secretary's mistress, with all the clues leading to a fall guy who'll never live long enough to be charged: himself. Despite a few very Eighties moments (seduction in the back of a Limo to the accompaniment of a forgettable power ballad the most laughable), it's still a well crafted thriller that cranks up the tension even if it has a couple of overly obvious moments. And there's no way you can tell me that Will Patton's increasingly obsessive gay assistant to Hackman's politico isn't clearly the model for the fawning Smithers in The Simpsons.

MGM/UA's DVD has a good widescreen transfer, but the only extra is a brief trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Framed with a twist, 12 Jun 2007
This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
This film is a good mystery of an accidental death involving the Secretary of Defense that is swept under the rug and has a fine pairing of Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman. Sean Young, whose Susan Atwell is the mistress of jealous and controlling David Brice, finds herself falling for Costner's Lt. Commander Farrell and hopes for a way out of her affair with Brice but doesn't quite summon the resolve to break it off with him until he violently confronts her about spending a weekend with another man and demands to know that man's identity. Brice's Doberman-on-a-leash, Scott Pritchard, takes over at this point by orchestrating the cover-up, contaminating the crime scene, tampering with evidence to absolve Brice of any blame, and to implicate a phantom Russian mole in the young woman's accident. Most of the film takes place in the Pentagon, where Farrell is charged with solving the mystery of what happened in Ms. Atwell's apartment that night. There are a couple of goons assigned to keep an eye on Farrell, and one chase scene is lengthy and protracted which doesn't resolve anything and seems rather pointless. Farrell's real threat is the evil, calculating Pritchard, in a part that is a bit overdone by Will Patton. Costner makes a fine hero, with his clean-cut looks and low-key demeanor and Hackman is great as the amoral and abusive Defense Secretary who insists on keeping Ms. Atwell on a very short leash.

Watch out for the ending...Twist and Shout !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Counting down the hours for some self investigation., 17 May 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
No Way Out is directed by Roger Donaldson and adapted to screenplay by Robert Garland from the novel "The Big Clock" written by Kenneth Fearing. It stars Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Sean Young, Will Patton, George Dzundza and Howard Duff. Music is by Maurice Jarre and cinematography by John Alcott.

Already filmed impressively as The Big Clock in 1948, Fearing's ingenious source material gets a shift to a Pentagon backdrop and still comes out a winner. Putting their own spin on the central story, that of a man finding he is investigating "himself" during a murder enquiry, the makers unfurl a labyrinthine plot that keeps up the suspense quota right to the very end.

In true noir style, the story is crammed with double bluffs, deceit, sex and death, with the added ingredient of politico intrigue to spice things still further. Cast are led superbly by Costner and Hackman, though Young is a bit too dull an actress to really put fire into the key femme role, and Alcott makes great use of the real Washington locations to bring visual authenticity to the story's setting.

Jarre's score is hokey sounding and doesn't sit right with the dramatics on show, while the big reveal at the finale is still as divisive today as it was back on the film's release, but this is still a fine example of a film noir remake that really works for the neo-noir loving crowd. 8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Way Out - DVD, 27 Nov 2010
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Very entertaining. Fast moving & with a surprise ending.
Background music excellent. A film I had seen before, but it does not disappoint with a second viewing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Double double twist., 27 Feb 2010
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I enjoyed this film the first time I saw it when it was new. I also enjoyed it all over again when I watched the video. Although I knew the end it was still entertaining, well acted. Makes you wonder about politicians, what they would really do to keep their reputations in tact.....Scary!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise!, 18 Nov 2006
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This review is from: No Way Out [DVD] [1988] (DVD)
One of my managers recommended this DVD (cheers Jamie!) and I watched it knowing this was one of his favourite films.

I was initially tempted to get the ZX Spectrum down from the loft after the cheesy eighties fontage and music that kicks off with the start of the film.

Kevin Costner's character starts a passionate relationship with a woman who happens to end up to be his new politically high ranking commander - it's here that you start to think that this is going to be a predticable 'triangle of love' romance film.

But then [spoiler alert!] the film changes direction when she is killed (by said politically high ranking commander) and Costner's character plays a lead in the investigation. He is tasked with finding the man she was seeing (who is to be framed as a murderous Soviet spy) but nobody knows it was actually him she was involved with.

The film becomes addictive and the title becomes apparent when he ends up trapped in the pentagon with time running out, there are many stomach clenching moments when it looks as though he is going to be found out and the film feels gloriously claustrophobic.

Cheesy synth music and dated graphic artwork can't overshadow the genious plot and flawless acting demonstrated in this film. The unexpected twist at the end is the cherry on this cold-war-cake.

Thanks Jamie - you introduced me to a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Way out., 27 Dec 2012
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Watched this movie many years ago and loved it. Have just watched again and still loved the plot, couldn't remember end.
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