Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hollywood Then and Now: No Way Out Location

The 1987 thriller No Way Out was filmed in and around the Washington, D.C. area and included both opening and closing helicopter shots that, with the aid of Google maps, make the house where Kevin Costner is questioned easily searchable.

The opening shots move us from the Capitol Building, past the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, across to Virginia and the Pentagon.  Here's where the mapping starts.  From the movie:

The Pentagon and the three sided apartment complexes are easy enough to find instantly on Google maps so we wait until we pull past them and start showing rows of houses.

Just past the house with the three dormers, we see a kidney shaped pool and the Arlington Historical Society Building.  These are matched up on Google maps.

As the camera glides on we can see that the road that will eventually lead to the house runs directly in front of the Arlington Historical Society.

Next, as the camera moves down the road, we see a three way intersection with rounded curbs and a house on the right with a chimney in back and a garage and driveway on the side.  There's a curved walkway leading from the driveway to the house.  On the left is a long house turned sideways in relation to the house across the street. We can match it up here.

Next to this intersection, and seen more clearly in the closing credits, are two distinctive features:  A large driveway with a parking space jutting out and widened entry and a crooked pathway next to it.  Seen below on Google maps.

Also seen is the house diagonally across the street, which is where the camera settles in the opening credits and where it takes us away from in the closing credits.  The house in the movie has either been torn down completely or so renovated it is now unrecognizable.

I prefer the original house, myself.  All of this took about a minute comparing the movie to map on a split screen.  Ah, technology, how easy you make it for the idle mind to do useless things. 


wondersinthedark said...

I was in Washington D.C. last month on the school's annual trip for eighth graders. Years back I was an every year chaperon, but I stopped going about 14 years ago, returning this year from my middle child Danny. One of our stops was the National Archives, but I only found out the news in regards to you Greg, after the fact. The Washing Monument of course still had all the scaffolding, but all your interesting locales here are quite vivid in my mind. And I know and quite like NO WAY OUT, and much appreciate this photo tour!

-Sam Juliano

Greg F. said...

Sam, you were there?! Wish I'd known. Could've given you a tour.

Years ago, after the movie came out on video, my roommate and I watched it and mapped out the roads visually by writing it down on paper until we had a good working map of how to get there. It was the days before the internet. Anyway, I didn't mention this in the post (I didn't feel like going into it like I am here) but when I write, " The house in the movie has either been torn down completely or so renovated it is now unrecognizable" I'm just being coy. It was torn down. When we finally arrived, the lot was empty, the house was gone. I was so disappointed.