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The Cold Equations (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 7 December 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 »

Director:

Peter Geiger
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Was a made for TV movie by the Sci-Fi channel. See more »

Quotes

Lt. John Barton: One word: captain's orders.
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Connections

Version of Out of This World: Cold Equations (1962) See more »

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The endless debate over the sacrifice of one to save the many.
22 February 2001 | by hcs3399See all my reviews

I thought this was a wonderful movie. Granted the effects are pretty bad and the cinematography was horrible, probably due to a very small budget. However, if you dig through all of that, you'll find a wonderful story line and amazing acting talent. Poppy Montgomery and Bill Campbell make the story come alive in this interesting tale of the human reaction to major life decisions when options run out(trapped in a spaceship). You just have to watch it to appreciate it. Onboard a mercy mission to a sick planet a pilot, played by Campbell, is forced to choose between a stowaway, Montgomery, and the medicine that will save the planet. I haven't read the book, but I will now to compare. But as far as the movie is concerned it rocked.


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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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