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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 lethal drug that speeds their work efforts. He learns that the company that runs the town is behind the drug. He confronts the town boss Sheppard Peter Boyle and soon has two hit men heading toward Io with a plan to kill him. As the seconds tick down to the next space shuttle's arrival, O'Neil plots to meet them and faces the biggest challenge of his life.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

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


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

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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