->''"Is it a crime of passion, or an act of treason?"''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

''No Way Out'' is a 1987 thriller starring Creator/KevinCostner, Creator/GeneHackman, and Creator/SeanYoung, about a U.S. Naval officer who is falsely accused of murder. The supporting cast includes Will Patton, Howard Duff, Creator/GeorgeDzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, Iman, and Creator/BradPitt in his first film role.

Lt. Cmdr Tom Farrell (Costner) is on a Pentagon tour after some at-sea heroics bring him to the attention of Defense Secretary David Brice (Hackman), who shows an interest in grooming the up-and-coming officer for things political. His mistress, Susan Atwell (Young), is attracted to Farrell in other ways. When Brice discovers that she is cheating --but not with whom -- he flies into a rage and accidentally kills her.

Brice's aide, Scott Pritchard (Patton), decides that the best way to cover up the affair is to blame Atwell's death on a [[RedHerringMole Soviet mole]], stirring up a [[WitchHunt hornet's nest]] in the Pentagon as they try to discover his identity. Their best clue is a damaged Polaroid photograph that is given to the image processing team to [[EnhanceButton enhance]]. Naturally, Farrell knows the photo is of him, which is ironic considering he's been [[HiredToHuntYourself appointed the investigator of the murder]]. He thus sets out in a desperate race against time and Pritchard's growing suspicions to prove that Brice is the real killer so that he'll call off the investigation. But what if there really ''is'' a mole?

A remake of the 1948 FilmNoir ''The Big Clock''. Not to be confused with the 1950 film starring Creator/SidneyPoitier or the Wrestling/{{WWE}} [[Wrestling/NoWayOutWrestling wrestling pay-per-view]].

'''SPOILER WARNING:''' The trope list below contains a large number of plot spoilers. Read at your own risk.

!! This movie contains examples of:
* AccentRelapse: During his interrogation, Farrell apologizes for his poor Russian since he's been speaking English for most of his life.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: At one point, Farrell eludes his pursuers by taking the Metro as it goes through Georgetown. Very exciting and dramatic, except that the Metrorail system doesn't go anywhere near Georgetown. The Metro station pictured in the movie looks nothing like the actual Metro stations, either.
* AutoErotica: Farrell and Atwell have sex in the back of a limo.
* BigDamnHeroes: Pritchard sends ThoseTwoBadGuys after Nina because [[HeKnowsTooMuch she's the only one (besides Farrell) who can connect Brice to Atwell.]] Farrell is able to figure this out and gets to her shop in time to warn her to flee. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however, because the real reason, which we don't find out till the end, is because she's also the only one who knows Farrell was seeing Atwell, and he's afraid Nina will reveal this, which will lead to him being unmasked as TheMole.
* BittersweetEnding: ZigZaggedTrope. Farrell is vindicated, Brice [[KarmaHoudini gets away with the murder]], and the "mole" is conveniently dead. Farrell is the one in the picture, however, and his involvement in the scandal is likely to permanently end any hope of career advancement. Oh, and the woman he was falling in love with (maybe) is dead. Of course, since he ''is'' the mole, this is actually a good thing for the United States.
* BuryYourGays: The only gay character in the story commits suicide after having his unrequited love rejected.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gift]]: The gift Brice gives Atwell - which she shows Farrell - is the same one Farrell uses to try and tie Brice to the murder.
* DepravedHomosexual: Pritchard has apparently been harboring an UnrequitedLove for Brice and is obsessed with protecting his reputation at any cost in the hopes that this will lead to Brice accepting his advances. When Brice displays disgust instead, Pritchard [[DrivenToSuicide kills himself]].
* DeepCoverAgent: The Soviets are suspected to have a deep cover mole in the Pentagon, and this is what helps set off the WitchHunt. As it turns out, the suspicions are correct.
* DetectiveMole: It turns out that all three main characters involved in the investigation are guilty of a crime.
* DetectivePatsy: Subverted -- Farrell knows that he is a patsy because he knows who really killed Atwell.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Schiller, Farrell's landlord, was actually his Soviet handler.
* EnhanceButton: An entire office of the Pentagon is turned into a photo enhancement lab to reconstruct the damaged Polaroid that supposedly reveals the identity of TheMole. The estimate of how long this will take fuels Farrell's RaceAgainstTheClock.
* FramingDevice: The movie begins and ends with Farrell being interrogated.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty:
** Pritchard tries to frame a nonexistent mole to cover up Brice's involvement in Atwell's death. What he doesn't realize is that there is, in fact, a mole, and the investigation inadvertently succeeds in discrediting him.
** Pritchard ends up taking the fall for Atwell's murder, a crime that he is innocent of. However, he does commit numerous crimes (including a separate murder) in the process of trying to cover it up.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: When the EnhanceButton technician reveals Farrell's secret to Pritchard, this exact exchange takes place, followed immediately by YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* HiredToHuntYourself: The core of the plot is that Farrell is appointed the lead investigator of a WitchHunt for a mole that he knows will end up targeting himself.
* KarmaHoudini: Brice gets away scot free for Atwell's murder. Pritchard is dead and Farrell's career is destroyed, so there's nobody left to reveal his involvement in the scandal.
* TheKillerInMe: Farrell isn't guilty of the murder, but he ''is'' guilty of something else. (For one, a sex scandal.)
* TheMole: ZigZaggedTrope, see RedHerringMole.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: At the party where Atwell and Farrell first meet, she tries to get her cigarette lit by another man, but when he's too distracted to light it, she snaps, "If you want to look down my dress, you should grow a few inches."
* NakedInMink: Pulled off by a drunken Atwell in an apartment hallway.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Farrell, in an attempt to buy time, tells the EnhanceButton technician that he's the one in the photo. Said tech gets a conscience attack and tells Pritchard, blowing Farrell's cover and getting himself shot for his trouble.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted - Farrell takes a knife wound to the forearm courtesy of some thugs and is impaired by it, becoming visibly lightheaded due to blood loss in the Pentagon hallway.
* OperaGloves: Atwell is wearing opera gloves in the party scene where she meets Farrell.
* PrettyInMink: Atwell wears a sumptuous fur coat while leaving the party where she and Farrell meet; later in the apartment hallway, [[NakedInMink it's all she's wearing]].
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Thanks to the agonizingly slow EnhanceButton, Farrell knows almost to the second how long he has before he's implicated. He manages to buy himself some extra time by convincing the guy running it to mess with the parameters.
* RedHerringMole: The WitchHunt trumped up by Pritchard is aimed at uncovering a fictitious Soviet mole to pin Atwell's murder on. It's subverted because there actually is a mole, and that mole was seeing Atwell.
* RedScare: The 80's Pentagon is of course ripe for this; Pritchard specifically discusses how they've long suspected that there is a mole, so it'll be conveniently believable as a cover story.
* TheRemake: Of 1948 film ''The Big Clock'', starring Creator/RayMilland, which in turn was based on the novel of the same name by poet and novelist Kenneth Fearing. ''The Big Clock'' is set in the New York publishing world rather than the Pentagon, and thus does not include the Soviet mole part of the plot, but the rest of the plot points are basically the same.
* SmithicalMarriage: Parodied and lampshaded -- Farrell and Atwell go by "Smyth" during their romantic getaway.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: After Farrell and Atwell begin getting it on in the back of the limo, the camera cuts to the Washington Monument.
* StairwellChase: Farrell vs. Pritchard's goons. One goon gets a fire extinguisher in the face, while Farrell gets a knife wound.
* StockingFiller: Atwell in the limo sex scene, with her black stockings being peeled off by Farrell.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The two {{Mooks}} who work for Pritchard.
* TwistEnding: Turns out, Commander Farrell actually '''is''' a Soviet mole. Pritchard unknowingly walks straight into the truth while imagining a cover story.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: Tied to the EnhanceButton, of course.
* WhamLine: "So were we" near the very end of the film. Not whammy in itself as much as it is for the fact that Farrell says it in ''Russian'', which then prompts his interrogators to switch to that language as well and reveal that not only does "Yuri" exist, Farrell ''is'' Yuri.
* WitchHunt: How do you get the entire Pentagon turned upside down in the hunt for a nonexistent killer? Call it a RedScare!
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Pritchard executes the EnhanceButton technician in cold blood once he reveals the identity of the supposed "killer". Since this also leads him to realize Farrell's role and likely intent, he next sends his goons after the latter.