No Way Out, 1987


Roger Donaldson


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Washington DC: Flights to Dulles International Airport

Domestic: Reagan National Airport, smaller but much closer to downtown DC

Tourist info: Destination DC, 901 7th Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20001-3719 (tel: 202.789.7000)

Georgetown: Cultural Tourism DC

Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW (tel: 202.234.0700) in Rock Creek Park


There’s a spectacular shoot-out in the Georgetown Park Mall in James Cameron’s True Lies and, of course, Georgetown itself is the setting for The Exorcist.

No Way Out location: Georgetown Park Mall, Georgetown, Washington DC

No Way Out location: the ‘Georgetown subway station’: Georgetown Park Mall, Georgetown, Washington DC

This engaging Kevin Costner vehicle, complete with trick ending, was filmed around Washington DC, actually in the foyer and corridors of the Pentagon, though of course, most of this secure facility was reconstructed in the studio.

The party, at which Tom Farrell (Costner) first meets politician's mistress, the soon-to-be-murdered Susan Attwell (Sean Young), is at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW in Rock Creek Park, to the northwest of the city.

The foot chase takes Farrell to the ‘Georgetown Subway’. Fine, except that the DC suburb of Georgetown isn’t on a subway line.

The station complex is actually the Georgetown Park Mall (recognise it as the scene of a major shoot-out in True Lies?), M Street at Wisconsin Avenue. The fancy green and gold design clearly seems to have been inspired by Los Angeles’ stunning Bradbury Building (Sebastian’s home in Blade Runner). The Mall is undergoing a radical makeover, so how recognisable it will be remains to be seen.

The house of Defence Secretary David Brice (Gene Hackman), where Farrell witnesses the murder, stood on South Arlington Ridge Road near Pentagon City, but has now gone.

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