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The Cold Equations (1996)

Lt. John Barton is sent on a special mission to deliver a special vaccine to a distant mining colony. He is infuriated to find Lee, a stowaway aboard his spacecraft. Barton has only enough ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Billy Campbell ... Lt. John Barton (as Bill Campbell)
Poppy Montgomery ... Marilyn 'Lee' Cross
Daniel Roebuck ... Mitch
William R. Moses ... Adrian Cross
John Prosky ... Markham
Heidi Swedberg ... Board Member
Derk Cheetwood ... Corporal
Nicki Micheaux ... Ground Controller
Albert Hall ... Capt. Keynes
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Lt. John Barton is sent on a special mission to deliver a special vaccine to a distant mining colony. He is infuriated to find Lee, a stowaway aboard his spacecraft. Barton has only enough fuel to carry himself and his precious cargo, and Lee's added weight insures that they will crash if she stays on board. They have gone too far to turn back, and Barton's superiors make it clear: the mission takes precedence and Lee has to be dumped into space. But she won't go quietly. Written by Allen Brown <browna@ohsu.edu>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emergency in Space - Notfall im All See more »

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Dolby

Color:

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Based on the story "The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin See more »

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Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: So what are you gonna do?
Lt. John Barton: Ask for help.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Don't be stupid. They're not gonna help. You're kind of stuck with me.
Lt. John Barton: Stupid? I'm being stupid? You have no idea what's happening.
Marilyn 'Lee' Cross: Yes I do. I'm here and it's against the rules and don't be such a pain. I said I'd pay the fine.
Lt. John Barton: There is no fine. It's more serious than that!
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Version of Out of This World: Cold Equations (1962) See more »

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Good short story.
23 July 2003 | by jelly300See all my reviews

The acting and special effects were decent, and it brings up that age old question of sacrificing one life for the lives of many. This type of story is similar to the short stories told on The Outer Limits.

7/10


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