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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:

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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Dolby

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

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Lt. John Barton: One word: captain's orders.
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Version of The Twilight Zone: The Cold Equations (1989) See more »

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a taut, nicely paced sci fi/suspense tale, with a few uneven moments
15 August 1999 | by AlgernonSee all my reviews

I must admit that it took me a while to warm to this film, but as the story unfolded, I found myself drawn more and more into the dilemmas it posed. My only real objection to the piece were those moments when the characters seemed to take a break from events to talk about themselves and where they had come from. At times the characters almost seemed to step out of the story, and talk about themselves as though nothing out of the ordinary were happening around them.

The film seems on more sure footing when it's dealing with the primary elements of the story, less so when it attempts to branch out into character development, or "backstory".


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