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Outland (1981)




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A Sci-fi adventure that owes a lot to High Noon, this time with Sean Connery filling Gary Cooper's shoes as a lawman policing a mining colony on Jupiter's moon, who becomes the target of assassins when he falls foul of a drugs cartel.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Hyams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 3, 2001
Warner Home Video


Sean Connery
as Marshal Willian O'Ne...
Peter Boyle
as Station Manager Shep...
Frances Sternhagen
as Dr. Lazarus
James B. Sikking
as Sgt. Montone
Kika Markham
as Carol O'Neil
Nicholas Barnes
as Paul O'Neil
Pat Starr
as Mrs. Flo Spector
Hal Galili
as Security Officer Nel...
Angus MacInnes
as Security Officer Hug...
Ron Travis
as Fanning
Gary Olsen
as Worker
Sharon Duce
as Prostitute
Angelique Rockas
as Maintenance Woman
Judith Alderson
as Prostitute in Leisur...
Nori Morgan
as Dancer (Leisure Club...
Rayner Bourton
as Prostitute in Leisur...
Julia Depyer
as Dancer in Leisure Cl...
Nina Francoise
as Dancer in Leisure Cl...
Brendan Hughes
as Dancer in Leisure Cl...
Philip Johnston
as Dancer in Leisure Cl...
Norri Morgan
as Dancer in Leisure Cl...
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Critic Reviews for Outland

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

While there are several mile-wide plot holes and one key under-developed main character, the film emerges as a tight, intriguing old-fashioned drama that gives audiences a hero worth rooting for.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The failure of director-writer Peter Hyams to put any weight whatever behind the moral issues (crude as they are) makes this merely violent nonsense.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Because both dialogue and direction are none too exciting, one's tired eyes wander endlessly over the space base sets.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie of unexpected pleasures.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The early-going intrigue maintains interest, but once the film starts shamelessly riffing on High Noon, all the excitement fritters away.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
Creative Loafing

...not a great movie but a reliable one, with another solid performance from Sean Connery, who always makes a staunch, stalwart protagonist of truly heroic proportions.

Full Review… | July 10, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Outland

High Noon in space, with a look and feel that is clearly influenced of the massive success of Alien shortly before it. The film did not age as well, but still works as a slowly building thriller with a convincing leading man.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Update the classic High Noon, say, set it in space, cast uber-charismatic Sean Connery as the lead, and lose all that time wasting moral implication stuff = well, two out of three ain't bad. Who knew that all that moral stuff was actually the heart of the piece, and not the action???
And w/o those important considerations, the piece just ain't got the legs.
It does have Sean Connery though.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I liked Connery in this, but the story isn't good, and the rest of the cast is forgettable. I don't recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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