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The Cold Equations (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  7 December 1996 (USA)
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Lt. John Barton is sent on a special mission to deliver a special vaccine to a distant mining colony. He is infuriated to find Lee, a stowaway aboard his spacecraft. Barton has only enough ... See full summary »

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Lt. John Barton is sent on a special mission to deliver a special vaccine to a distant mining colony. He is infuriated to find Lee, a stowaway aboard his spacecraft. Barton has only enough fuel to carry himself and his precious cargo, and Lee's added weight insures that they will crash if she stays on board. They have gone too far to turn back, and Barton's superiors make it clear: the mission takes precedence and Lee has to be dumped into space. But she won't go quietly. Written by Allen Brown <browna@ohsu.edu>

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Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: So what are you gonna do?
Lt. John Barton: Ask for help.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Don't be stupid. They're not gonna help. You're kind of stuck with me.
Lt. John Barton: Stupid? I'm being stupid? You have no idea what's happening.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Yes I do. I'm here and it's against the rules and don't be such a pain. I said I'd pay the fine.
Lt. John Barton: There is no fine. It's more serious than that!
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The endless debate over the sacrifice of one to save the many.
22 February 2001 | by (Kansas) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a wonderful movie. Granted the effects are pretty bad and the cinematography was horrible, probably due to a very small budget. However, if you dig through all of that, you'll find a wonderful story line and amazing acting talent. Poppy Montgomery and Bill Campbell make the story come alive in this interesting tale of the human reaction to major life decisions when options run out(trapped in a spaceship). You just have to watch it to appreciate it. Onboard a mercy mission to a sick planet a pilot, played by Campbell, is forced to choose between a stowaway, Montgomery, and the medicine that will save the planet. I haven't read the book, but I will now to compare. But as far as the movie is concerned it rocked.


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