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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
Nicholas Barnes ...
Paul O'Niel
Pat Starr ...
Flo Spector


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 Io, one of Jupiters moons, Sean Connery is the law. See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atmósfera cero  »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,059,638, 25 May 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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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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Nicholas Barnes and Marc Boyle were dubbed. See more »


The terrestrial atmosphere of the studio is evident even though the exterior scenes take place in the near-vacuum of Io. When O'Niel drops the panel atop the greenhouse, it flutters away from him instead of falling straight down. The gunman shoots at the panel through the greenhouse window, breaking it, and the resulting explosive decompression causes a billowing cloud of gas and debris. Nothing "billows" in a vacuum, the surrounding air allows that, so the gas and debris should have sprayed away from the greenhouse in more or less straight lines. See more »


Bellows: [voice] This is Bellows. I got the men you want and it wasn't easy or cheap. My people are very unhappy. This could cause trouble for us on all of the other mining operations. If the company got wind of what is going on down there, they could clamp down like a vice. They can't afford to lose their franchise. That could put my people out of business, and my people like being in business.
Station Manager Sheppard: Tell them not to worry. How good are the men?
Bellows: [voice] The best. They are the best two I could hire. They ...
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »


References High Noon (1952) See more »

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User Reviews

Realistic space mining movie
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie is amazingly realistic in regard to the technology used and in regard to the human characters.

I totally agree with OP Voutilainen, who wrote a very good comment on this movie on 24 October 2001.

The movie is never superficial if you look at its characters: The bad are not simply bad but realistically brutal. The good are not simply heroic, they rather strive to survive and struggle to keep what's left of their personal dignity and values after the school of life.

People of the future will possibly wonder why anyone ever liked such a "normal life"-movie. The answer is: Simply because of the everyday life dignity that people emanate in the movie.

Really a great positive movie !

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