Outland (1981) Sci-Fi Movie Review
Sci-Fi movies Review
Outland is another in a long line of Westerns retooled for science fiction. Writer-director Peter Hyams (Capricorn One, 2010, Timecop) restages High Noon in outer space, with Sean Connery as O’Neil, the marshal for a settlement on one of Jupiter’s moons. While investigating the deaths of some miners, O’Neil discovers that mine boss Peter Boyle has been giving his workers an amphetamine-like work-enhancing drug that keeps them productive for months—until they finally snap and go berserk. When Boyle sends killer henchmen to neutralize the lawman, O’Neil is unable to get the miners to back him up. Outland is no classic, but it offers solid suspense in an otherworldly atmosphere. Also starring Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking (Howard on television’s Hill Street Blues), and John Ratzenberger (later to become famous as Cliff on the sitcom Cheers). —Jim Emerson
Synopsis:In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.
About Outland (1981)
Starring: Angus MacInnes, Eugene Lipinski, Sean Connery, John Ratzenberger, Ron Travis, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, Clarke Peters, Steven Berkoff, Stuart Milligan, Angelique Rockas, Chris Williams, Bill Bailey, Marc Boyle, P.H. Moriarty, Manning Redwood, Rayner Bourton, Pat Starr, Hal Galili, Norman Chancer, Anni Domingo, Richard Hammatt, James Berwick, James Sikking, Gary Olsen, Kika Markham, Isabelle Lucas, Sharon Duce, Nicholas Barnes, Jude Alderson
Runtime: 112 minutes
Director: Peter Hyams
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