No Way Out is a 1987 American neo-noir political action thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton and Sean Young. Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, and Iman appear in supporting roles. The film is based on the 1946 novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing, previously filmed as The Big Clock (1948) and Police Python 357 (1976).


In the opening scene of the movie, set in a house in Washington, near the Pentagon, Lt. Cdr. Tom Farrell of the Office of Naval Intelligence is shown being debriefed by 2 other men. He is tired and bloodied. His interrogators press him on how Farrell came to meet the Secretary of Defense David Brice.