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No Way Out | 1987

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 held in 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 part of the complex facing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was built as a tobacco warehouse in 1838. In the 1850s, it was converted into stables for the city's first horsecar line, the Washington and Georgetown Railroad, then passing through various uses until being converted into a Mall in 1981. It's had its ups and down, culminating in a major revamp in 2013.

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.