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Outland (1981)

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
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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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This film draws on the Gary Cooper classic, High Noon (1952). Killers are on their way to kill the Marshal, who finds himself abandoned by his deputies, and with none of the residents willing to stand with him. Numerous villains await the arrival of the killers. As the arrival time approaches, Connery enters the "saloon" and speaks to the "townspeople", repeating the classic Cooper line, "I could use a little help," receiving none. His only ally is a woman with a sullied reputation, in this case, a doctor who describes herself as being, "one step short of a malpractice suit." Despite this, she has become a solid citizen. This parallels the character of the old flame in High Noon (1952), who had become a hotel owner. The Marshal must decide between joining his wife, or doing the right thing; staying behind and facing almost certain death. Also, as with High Noon (1952), the name of the site is never specifically mentioned, although it is displayed here and there on signs throughout the film. See more »

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Lazarus: [aghast] Polydichloric euthimal! Those stupid bastards are taking polydichloric euthimal! It's an amphetamine. Strongest thing you ever saw. Makes you feel wonderful. Makes you do ten hours work in six hours, that kind of nonsense. Especially manual labor. It makes you work like a horse. The army tested it a few years ago. It made the men work alright... then it made them psychotic. It takes a while, ten maybe eleven months... and then it fries your brain.
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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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