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Outland (1981)

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In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.



Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Sheppard
Dr. Lazarus
Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
Carol O'Niel
Nicholas Barnes ...
Paul O'Niel
Manning Redwood ...
Pat Starr ...
Flo Spector
Hal Galili ...


Marshal W.T. O'Niel is assigned to a mining colony on Io, one of Jupiter's moons. During his tenure miners are dying - usually violently. When the marshal investigates he discovers the one thing all the deaths have in common is a lethal amphetamine-type drug, which allows the miners to work continuously for days at a time until they become "burned out" and expire. O'Niel follows the trail of the dealers, which leads to the man overseeing the colony. Now O'Niel must watch his back at every turn, as those who seek to protect their income begin targeting him... Written by Derek O'Cain

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On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atmósfera cero  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(MegaSound encoding) (35 mm prints)| (MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Connery lost a major extended cameo role in Chariots of Fire (1981) because this film went over schedule. See more »


Bodies do not explode when exposed to a vacuum (except in cases of explosive decompression, which did not occur in this film). See more »


Dr. Marian Lazarus: You know if you're the guy you're supposed to be, you wouldn't stick around. That's why they sent you here.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: Maybe they made a mistake.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: I was afraid you'd say something like that. Do you really think you're making a difference?
[O'Neil is silent]
Dr. Marian Lazarus: Then why for God's sake?
Marshal William T. O'Neil: Because... maybe they are right. They sent me here to this pile of shit because they think I belong here. I want to find out if... well if they're right. There's a whole machine that works because everybody does what they are ...
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »


Referenced in The Big Sleaze (2010) See more »

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User Reviews

not underrated, but rather ignored
10 August 2004 | by (northumberland,England) – See all my reviews

I first watched this movie not expecting much as i had never really heard much about it and it didn't seem to be particularly acclaimed, but I was pleasantly surprised by it, Connery's performance is solid and the rest of the cast do a good job, there are some exciting scenes in this movie and the settings (outer space,mining colony) are convincing enough to keep you emersed in the story, the story is like a western in space, (which is about all I heard of this before I saw it),though its not particularly original and doesn't try to be spectacular, it is an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours and good fun for Connery fans to see him kicking arse back in the days.

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