Outland (1981)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  22 May 1981 (USA)
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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:
Mark Sheppard
Dr. Lazarus
Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
Carol O'Niel
Nicholas Barnes ...
Paul O'Niel
Manning Redwood ...
Pat Starr ...
Flo Spector
Hal Galili ...
Stuart Milligan ...


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 Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening See more »


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Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atmósfera cero  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

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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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Did You Know?


The role of Dr. Lazarus was first offered to Colleen Dewhurst. See more »


In one of the opening shots, when we first see the mining complex on the surface of Io and Jupiter in the sky above it, the sunlight hitting the complex is clearly coming from the left side of the screen, but Jupiter is lit from the right side. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »


Referenced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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User Reviews

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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