No Way Out

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Movie Info

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

Richard Widmark
as Ray Biddle
Sidney Poitier
as Dr. Luther Brooks
Linda Darnell
as Edie Johnson
Stephen McNally
as Dr. Dan Wharton
Harry Bellaver
as George Biddle
Stanley Ridges
as Dr. Moreland
Bill Walker
as Mathew Tompkins
Ruby Dee
as Connie
Ken Christy
as Kowalski
Robert Adler
as Assistant Deputy
Jim Toney
as Deputy Sheriff
Maude Simmons
as Luther's mother
Ray Teal
as Day Deputy
Will Wright
as Dr. Cheney
Eileen Boyer
as Telephone Operator
Johnnie Jallings
as Telephone Operator
Marie Lampe
as Telephone Operator
Gertrude Tighe
as Telephone Operator
John Whitney
as Assistant
Kitty O'Neil
as Landlady
Fred Graham
as Ambulance Driver
William Pullen
as Ambulance Doctor
Dick Paxton
as Johnny Biddle
Harry Lauter
as Orderly
Harry Carter
as Orderly
Don Kohler
as Orderly
Ray Hyke
as Orderly
Ruth Warren
as Sam's Wife
Ernie Anderson
as School Teacher
Laiola Wendorff
as Polish Couple
Phil Tully
as Sergeant
J. Louis Johnson
as Elderly Man
Ian Wolfe
as Watkins
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Critic Reviews for No Way Out

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Audience Reviews for No Way Out

  • 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
  • Dec 09, 2007
    Three top performances by the leads and a provocative topic make this a very worthwhile viewing experience.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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