Outland (1981)




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Considered by many to be High Noon in outer space, Outland stars Sean Connery as a 21st-century peacekeeper on the Jupiterian moon Io, a futuristic mining colony plagued by a narcotics ring. O'Neil (Connery) is given several opportunities to pack up and leave this violence-prone orb, but he's a man who's gotta do what he's gotta do. His devotion to his duty forces his wife to leave him, and soon his co-workers (read "deputies") follow suit. Thus, O'Neil is forced to face the villains -- who are in the employ of the corrupt mining company -- all alone. Just as High Noon reminded the audience that time was running out on marshal Gary Cooper, so too does Outland have cutaways to a digital clock counting down Connery's last moments of safety. The film was scripted by its director, Peter Hyams.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sean Connery
as Marshal Willian O'Neil
Peter Boyle
as Station Manager Sheppard
Frances Sternhagen
as Dr. Lazarus
James B. Sikking
as Sgt. Montone
Kika Markham
as Carol O'Neil
Clarke Peters
as Ballard
Nicholas Barnes
as Paul O'Neil
Pat Starr
as Mrs. Flo Spector
Hal Galili
as Security Officer Nelson
Angus MacInnes
as Security Officer Hughes
Ron Travis
as Fanning
Anni Domingo
as Morton
Chris Williams
as Caldwell
Marc Boyle
as Spota
Gary Olsen
as Worker
Sharon Duce
as Prostitute
Angelique Rockas
as Maintenance Woman
Judith Alderson
as Prostitute in Leisure Club
Rayner Bourton
as Prostitute in Leisure Club
Nori Morgan
as Dancer (Leisure Club Sequence)
Julia Depyer
as Dancer in Leisure Club
Nina Francoise
as Dancer in Leisure Club
Brendan Hughes
as Dancer in Leisure Club
Philip Johnston
as Dancer in Leisure Club
Norri Morgan
as Dancer in Leisure Club
P.H. Moriarty
as Man #1
Doug Robinson
as Man #2
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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 25, 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 25, 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

...the film's visual impact may be as important as its main character. (Blu-ray edition)

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.
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
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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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