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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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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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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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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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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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Good central theme marred by unnecessary variations.
4 November 2000 | by Michael-11See all my reviews

I haven't read the story of which other users are bemoaning the destruction so I didn't go into this feature with any preconceptions. I still didn't like it.

The central -- and undoubtedly short -- story in this movie is good: How do you cope with an inevitable death? How do you cope if you're the agent of that death? The recipient? When this movie followed that small, tight core it was good. When it strayed from that core, delving into "corporations (and/or bureaucracies) are evil" territory (with a smidgeon of a Messiah complex thrown in for no good reason), it was bad.

In the end I found the time I spent watching this movie to be wasted.


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