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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marshall William T. O'Niel
... Mark Sheppard
... Dr. Lazarus
... Sgt. Montone (as James B. Sikking)
... Carol O'Niel
... Ballard
... Sagan
... Tarlow
Nicholas Barnes ... Paul O'Niel
... Lowell
Pat Starr ... Flo Spector
... Nelson
... Hughes
... Walters
... 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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Even in space, the ultimate enemy is man. See more »


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22 May 1981 (USA)  »

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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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Hot Fuzz (2007) bares similarities with that of Outland (1981). In Hot Fuzz, London cop Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is transferred to the village of Sanford which the local police are lazy and don't do their jobs and Angel investigates gruesome deaths of the local residents which appear to be accidental and Angel whom soon believes that they were no accidents and that were murdered and that his new superior officer Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent) is behind it and Angel sets out to take them down. See more »

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When O'Niel unwraps the body of the supposedly dead Sagan, Sagan's eyelids slightly twitch. See more »

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Rudd: You're supposed to protect us! You're the police! It's your job! Where are your men?
Marshal William T. O'Neil: My men? My men are shit.
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Realistic space mining movie
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The movie is amazingly realistic in regard to the technology used and in regard to the human characters.

I totally agree with OP Voutilainen, who wrote a very good comment on this movie on 24 October 2001.

The movie is never superficial if you look at its characters: The bad are not simply bad but realistically brutal. The good are not simply heroic, they rather strive to survive and struggle to keep what's left of their personal dignity and values after the school of life.

People of the future will possibly wonder why anyone ever liked such a "normal life"-movie. The answer is: Simply because of the everyday life dignity that people emanate in the movie.

Really a great positive movie !


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