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


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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Atmósfera cero  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). 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 »

Goofs

In the last of the opening titles, "Principal Ore: Titanium", the first word is misspelled as "Principle". See more »

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Dr. Marian Lazarus: 28 in the last six months.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: I wonder how many in the six months before that...
Dr. Marian Lazarus: 24. I've got initiative.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: Well. Good for you.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: Wanna know how many in the six months before that? Two.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: Are you sure?
Dr. Marian Lazarus: I'm unpleasant, I'm not stupid. Of course I'm sure! I can count!
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »

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Yes, it's high noon in space. And what's wrong with that?
28 August 2001 | by (Stourbridge, England) – See all my reviews

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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