No Way Out

1950, Drama, 1h 46m

14 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Robbers Ray Biddle (Richard Widmark) and his brother are shot and taken to the local hospital. There, the two are treated by Dr. Brooks (Sidney Poitier), the hospital's only black doctor. The brothers assault Brooks with racist slurs. And, when his brother ends up dying on the operating table, Ray accuses the doctor of murdering him. Blind with rage, Ray works to turn the white community of the city against Brooks, who finds an unlikely ally in the dead man's widow, Edie (Linda Darnell).

Cast & Crew

Linda Darnell
Edie Johnson
Sidney Poitier
Dr. Luther Brooks
Stephen McNally
Dr. Dan Wharton
Harry Bellaver
George Biddle
Stanley Ridges
Dr. Sam Moreland
Dots Johnson
Lefty Jones
Ruby Dee
Connie Brooks (uncredited)
Ken Christy
Officer Ed Kowlaski (uncredited)
Ossie Davis
John Brooks (uncredited)
Frank Richards
Mac (uncredited)
George Tyne
Whitey (uncredited)
Robert Adler
Assistant Deputy (uncredited)
Bert Freed
Rocky Miller
Jim Toney
Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Maude Simmons
Luther's Mother (uncredited)
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Audience Reviews for No Way Out

  • Dec 08, 2020
    Ground breaking film for its time as it bravely details the challenges a black man has to overcome even when he's accomplished much. The great irony of the movie is that despite the good intentions of the filmmakers, the studio still underpaid the movie's black performers and even bypassed putting the names of several African-American performers like the great Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2020
    A hard film to even open up: race relations, Hollywood-style, from the 1950s - I'll take a pass, scheduling my sermons on Sunday as needed. But this rises above the usual patronizing/sermonizing thanks in part to an intelligent in-your-face script, easy-on-the-tiller directing, and simply an off-the-charts job by the leading cast, of whom nobody collects an easy paycheck. It took me awhile to get to this one, over a year, and I was entirely wrong to do so. Superb work all around.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A really good movie, it's both a serious drama focused on racism and the medical profession, and an exciting thriller with criminals. Poitier and Widmark give great performances.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    Richard Widmark is a "Negro-Hater" who blames Sidney Poitier for his brother's death. Intense but stylized social commentary featuring a rather nice performance by Miss Linda Darnell.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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