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Outland (1981)

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A federal marshal stationed at a mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io, uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy. He gets no help from the workers or authorities when he finds himself marked for murder.

Director:

Peter Hyams

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Marshal William T. O'Niel
Peter Boyle ... Mark B. Sheppard
Frances Sternhagen ... Dr. Lazarus
James Sikking ... Sergeant Montone (as James B. Sikking)
Kika Markham ... Carol G. O'Niel
Clarke Peters ... Officer Ballard
Steven Berkoff ... Sagan
John Ratzenberger ... Tarlow
Nicholas Barnes Nicholas Barnes ... Paul O'Niel
Manning Redwood ... Officer Lowell
Pat Starr ... Mrs. Flo Spector
Hal Galili ... Officer Nelson
Angus MacInnes ... Hughes
Stuart Milligan ... Walters
Eugene Lipinski ... Cane
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Storyline

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 Derek O'Cain

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On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atmósfera cero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,059,638, 25 May 1981

Gross USA:

$17,374,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,374,595
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (MegaSound encoding) (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (MegaSound encoding) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

You can tell this is a British movie. In the opening credits, "Marshal" is spelled "Marshall". See more »

Goofs

While Marshal O'Niel is outside in his pressure suit, he walks and runs normally, as if he was on Earth. But since Io has only a fraction of Earth's gravity, he should have been moving in slow, hopping steps similar to astronauts on the Moon. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Dr. Marian Lazarus: I was on my way to drinking myself into a stupor, and I thought I'd drop in and say goodbye.
Marshal William T. O'Niel: ...You were a good friend. Thank you.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: I should thank you. There hasn't been so much excitement in this heap for some time.
Marshal William T. O'Niel: ...Well, I have to go now.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: So do I. It's gonna hit the fan around here, and I want to watch it happen... You did good.
Marshal William T. O'Niel: So did you.
Dr. Marian Lazarus: Damn right.
[she leaves; he sits at the keyboard and types a transmission]
Marshal William T. O'Niel: [typing] Message to O'Niel, Carol G. From O'Niel, W.T. Arriving in ...
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A decent industrial sci-fi movie
18 December 2017 | by JamesMovieGuy_117See all my reviews

With the late 70's giving us Star Wars and Alien, these films inspired a barrage of filmmakers to have a more realistic edge with sci-fi. Outland is no exception and while the film is heavily flawed, it's a decent sci-fi movie with lots of twists and turns to keep you engaged.

The miniatures and models look fantastic and still hold up today in my opinion. It inhabits that Alien mining operation look throughout and Peter Hyams did a great job on an aesthetic point of view. It's not as detailed as Alien, but what is?

The story is also pretty well written and many have labelled it as High Noon in space. It definitely has that western feeling especially with the showdown climax and your typical western pistols have been replaced with shotguns.

Sean Connery delivers a great performance and I would say this is one of his best post Bond films along with The Name of the Rose.

Despite these positives there are quite a few negatives. The explosive decompression scenes are quite dated and are unintentionally hilarious with peoples heads inflating like balloons. The child actor who plays Marshall O Neill's son is quite possibly the worst child actor ever! It takes you out of the movie for a while but thankfully it's only a brief scene.

If you haven't seen this I would recommend Outland, especially if you're a fan of Alien or any other industrial sci-fi movie from that era. It's quite overlooked so definitely give it a look.


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