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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.

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Mark Sheppard
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Dr. Lazarus
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Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
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Carol O'Niel
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Ballard
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Sagan
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Tarlow
Nicholas Barnes ...
Paul O'Niel
Manning Redwood ...
Lowell
Pat Starr ...
Flo Spector
Hal Galili ...
Nelson
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Hughes
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Walters
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Cane
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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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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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The role of Dr. Lazarus was first offered to Colleen Dewhurst. See more »

Goofs

When Spota is shown walking through the locker room he he passing behind a man wear a red hat as he open his locker to change before continuing further down center aisle. A few seconds later Spota is shown passing behind the exact same man (now shirtless and with no hat) a second time. While it's possible that Spota doubled back it is unlikely because he is shown entering both shots from the same direction. if he had doubled back he would have been coming from the opposite direction in order to pass the man the second time. See more »

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Marshal William T. O'Neil: Lazarus? It's O'Neil. Meet me in the medical lab.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: [barely awake, looking at watch] Do you know what time it is?
Marshal William T. O'Neil: Yes.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: You'd better be dying.
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Almost a great movie...it settles for being an entertaining near-miss
2 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Writer-director Peter Hyams has always shown a love not just for science-fiction stories but an understanding of what makes science-fiction fun. He's not interested in exasperating details or mechanical jargon, he just wants to have a good time. This is both pro and con for his "Outland", a fairly gripping movie set in the 21st Century which has enjoyable ingredients but is too routine overall. Sean Connery plays a cop investigating a mysterious rash of suicides among mining workers on one of Jupiter's moons; Frances Sternhagen is terrific as a cynical doctor who aides in his research. Film begins very well, but Hyams gets bogged down in plot-externals and good guys-vs.-bad guys shtick. Not a bad thriller. It just isn't very special, and that's a shame because Connery is solid (as usual) and the production is highly adept. **1/2 from ****


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