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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 he's the only law. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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

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

Goofs

The terrestrial atmosphere of the studio is evident, even though the exterior scenes take place in the near-vacuum of Io. When O'Niel drops the panel atop the greenhouse, it flutters away from him instead of falling straight down. The gunman shoots at the panel through the greenhouse window, breaking it, and the resulting explosive decompression causes a billowing cloud of gas and debris. Nothing "billows" in a vacuum; the surrounding air allows that, so the gas and debris should have sprayed away from the greenhouse in more or less straight lines. See more »

Quotes

Sheppard: You know, I've misjudged you. You're not stupid - you're crazy. You think you caused more than an inconvenience? Is that what you think? Why don't you go home and polish your badge? You're dealin' with grown-ups here! You're out of your league.
Marshal William T. O'Niel: Whoever sent you that shipment's gonna be mad that you lost it. Grown-ups have no sense of humor.
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under-estimated sci fi western,
31 July 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

After leaving the James Bond franchise in 1971, Sean Connery gave a number of notable performances in films such as The Offense and The Man Who Would Be King but Outland is really the film that started him on the comeback trail that culminated with his Oscar acceptance speech 6 yrs later for The Untouchables. No one seems to recall this but at the time of Outland's release, no one had seen or heard from Connery for a few years and most of the reviews, while not kind to the film for a variety of reasons--chief among them being the fact that most movie critics (at least back then) harbored serious prejudice against sci fi--the main comment was "It is good to see Sean Connery back in action again".

This film has one of the best production designs ever.Phillip Harrison did a superb job. Obviously the look was copped from Alien--blue collar workers in space--but it works remarkably well. I was often reminded of OUTLAND during my seven year prison term; the housing was remarkably similar--as was the company. But I digress...

Nothing special about the plot-- it's routine cop show or western movie stuff--but who cares? Sean Connery gives a splendid performance and the whole film moves at a nice clip. Very enjoyable.


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