Marshal O'Niel's assigned to a mining colony on Io, one of Jupiter's moons. He soon encounters miners who are dying, due to use of an illegal amphetamine. O'Niel follows the trail, and now O'Niel must watch his back, as he's now their target.Written by
Peter Hyams' work on this movie led to him being chosen to direct "2010 (1984)." Both movies take place in and around the moons of Jupiter. See more »
In the opening sequence, in which computer readouts across the bottom of the screen set the scene, one of the last of these identifies the Io mine's "principle ore" as titanium, instead of "principal". Also, "marshal" is misspelled as "marshall" ("dependants", however, is the usual UK English spelling of "dependents" and is not an error). See more »
Outland is brilliant. So many good moments in the movie -the first time you see someones head explode from change of pressure, the bloodied elevator as it returns from the bottom of the mining shaft and the overall excellent visionary style of the mining colony. Connery is perfectly cast as the marshall who cannot be bought and Frances Sternhagen brings much needed warm relief from the terror with her smart, down-to-earth manner. Hyams directs the film with excellent vigour and his choice of filters and lighting, (especially the scene in the prostitues room which is blood red from the emergency lighting), gives an instant impression of heat, fear and so cool relief from the space shots. It could quite easily be overlooked as just another sci-fi flick but I think it established much more the benefits of bringing earth-realism to outer-space than any other film in it's day.(Probably best to watch it, as I did, when you are 10 years old!!)
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