No Way Out

No Way Out ★★★

As a movie, no matter how significant it was for the time, it doesn’t hold up. Watch it for Poitier’s first performance, and for Linda Darnell, and for Richard Widmark even though his constant stream of slurs is painful. There’s also a riot scene which is pretty strong. It’s a shame that there’s a whole third act after the riot which mostly serves as a vehicle for one more over-developed moral message.

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