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Outland (1981)


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For Marshal O'Neil (Sean Connery), the Jupiter moon Io is just another dingy mining town on the final frontier. When his wife leaves him and takes their son with them, it merely confirms that though he's traveled millions of miles, his life is going nowhere. Then he notices that miners are dying in strangely psychotic ways -- walking in space without spacesuits, carving up prostitutes. With the help of Dr. Lazarus (Frances Sternhagen), his investigation reveals that the miners are ingesting a


Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Jul 3, 2001

Warner Home Video

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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.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Because both dialogue and direction are none too exciting, one's tired eyes wander endlessly over the space base sets.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A movie of unexpected pleasures.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The early-going intrigue maintains interest, but once the film starts shamelessly riffing on High Noon, all the excitement fritters away.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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...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.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Connery and Boyle are fine, but the wholesale lifting of High Noon's plot certainly undermines interest.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Outland is essentially High Noon in outer space, and one of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks ever made.

January 25, 2006 | Comments (2)

This harrowing sci-fi flick has mellowed with age over the years, but Sean Connery's performance is still good, and the first couple of acts are still quite engaging.

August 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

Outland works as a sturdy morality play set uin an unsual environment.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Hyams has directed a few sci-fi action thrillers including Capricorn One, Sudden Death, Timecop and 2010. This isn't his best.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4 enjoyable sci-fi action flick.

December 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Exciting science fiction.

January 23, 2002 Full Review

This not-so-fast paced actioner is worthwhile watching if only for the Alien inspired sets and costumes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Outland

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.
January 11, 2011

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A sci-fi version of High Noon set in deep space, with an early 80's vision of the future, a great soundtrack, and some great performances. Connery is great, Sterhagen brilliant and Berkoff at his psychotic best. Underrated by many and passed off as just another sci-fi but it's a really good thriller, a logical progression respectfully done with obvious affection to the original.
October 20, 2010

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High Noon meets Alien with a pinch of noir. Fun and effective. Very watchable. Obviously an influence on the new BSG.
October 10, 2010

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Outland takes place on the moon of Io, one of Jupiter's moons. Approximately 2500 people live on the tiny mining outpost, mining for titanium. The new marshall (Connery) arrives just as a series of strange suicides is taking place. The storyline of Outland reminds me a little bit of "Hot Fuzz", and the style of Outland is very reminiscent of "Alien". The marshall investigates why the company seems to be covering up the suicides, while the manager of the mining "franchise" (Peter Boyle) makes it clear he doesn't want the marshall interfering. Like an old western, the Manager waits for the shuttle (stagecoach) to arrive with the hired guns. Sort of a "High Noon" with a digital clock. In fact, it's all a space western (there's even swinging saloon doors!). Destry Rides Again, with the good-hearted Doctor woman lending him a little support. Even as a sci-fi fan, I can't say this movie is necessary viewing. It's slow, and there's not alot of action. The thing at the end with the green house is scientifically implausible, as is the fist fight in space suits and zero G. Still, it's not a bad movie, but it is a snoozer.
February 20, 2009
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Foreign Titles

  • Outland - Planet der Verdammten (DE)
  • Outland (1981) (UK)
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