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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
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Ballard
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Paul O'Niel
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Lowell
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Flo Spector
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Nelson
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,374,595
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Connery lost a major extended cameo role in Chariots of Fire (1981) because this film went over schedule. See more »

Goofs

The shuttle carrying the two hit-men arrives 42 minutes early on its 70-hour trip from the space station. Since the laws of physics couldn't have been broken, this means that someone made a huge error in calculating the orbit of the shuttle (all objects in this case are in orbit of Jupiter), but by blind luck still managed to intersect with Io anyhow. If the shuttle HAD arrived on time, Io would have been in a totally different position, as it moves at 17.3 km per second due to its low orbit around Jupiter. The only way to arrive early would be to expend a lot more energy, which would mean lost money for Con-Am. (Even then you would still know the exact time of arrival - it's just physics.) See more »

Quotes

Security Sergeant Montone: Now don't get your nose out of joint.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: What was that all about?
Security Sergeant Montone: It's just his way. A little ceremony for the good folk.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: I don't like his way.
Security Sergeant Montone: Yeah, well don't mess with him.
Marshal William T. O'Neil: He's an asshole.
Security Sergeant Montone: He's a very powerful asshole! Don't mess with him!
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In the opening credits, the word "Principal" is misspelled. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Yes, it's high noon in space. And what's wrong with that?
28 August 2001 | by 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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