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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
The script was originally intended to be set in a western period but Peter Hyams decided to move it into the outer space background due to the influence of Alien and Blade Runner. The original title was Io, but Hyams was persuaded to change the title by an executive from the Ladd Company following a demonstration on random people that many would read the title as number 10 instead. See more »
While fighting with Ballard out in space, O'Niel grabs his foot to pull him off of a ledge. When he does, you can see his arm and hand inside his glove, showing his spacesuit to be fake. See more »
Dr. Marian Lazarus:
Almost everybody here doesn't have both oars in the water as far as I'm concerned. Why people "suddenly" start to lose their marbles in greater numbers is not so mystifying. I don't know why more of them didn't do it sooner.
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »
Yes, it's high noon in space. And what's wrong with that?
Sean Connery. A man's man, a woman's sex symbol. Good start! Now let's put him on a remote moon of Jupiter. So how many other films have Io as their center of action? Absolutely excellent in combining the effects that were available at the time with a darn good plot. Well overshadowed by the likes of Alien, this is late 70's/ early 80's sci-fi at it's best. No more is the future in space a Utopia, it is a grimy, nasty everyday world where people carry on their sordid business as they ever did. Except there is always a hero; a flawed hero, as is Connery. A personal crusade, a battle almost against the odds (but not unbelievably so, at all) and the true hallmark of a good sci-fi story: That is, the story would work just as well anywhere, any place, any time, as it does in space in the future. What more do you want (Just check out the shuttle landing)? Essential viewing!
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