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No Way Out 1950

  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • August 16, 1950
  • 106 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Thriller, Crime
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The Biddle brothers, shot while robbing a gas station, are taken to the prison ward of the County Hospital; Ray Biddle, a rabid racist, wants no treatment from black resident Dr. Luther Brooks. When brother John dies while Luther tries to save him, Ray is certain it's murder and becomes obsessed with vengeance. But there are black racists around too, and the situation slides rapidly toward violence.

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What a waste of a great premise! As inspiring as it is to see a black doctor in such an early movie, the script largely sticks to stereotypes for characters white and black, with only few and brief instances of insight. The setup carries the film only so far, and except for a great first and last ten minutes, "No Way Out," (a perplexingly titled film, by the way) by and large falls completely flat.

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