Outland (1981)

1981 Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime, Western

User Score: 60/100


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.

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

About Outland (1981)

Title: Outland
Year: 1981
Starring: Angus MacInnes, Eugene Lipinski, Peter Boyle, John Ratzenberger, Sean Connery, Clarke Peters, Pat Starr, Bill Bailey, Stuart Milligan, Ron Travis, Brendan Hughes, Frances Sternhagen, P.H. Moriarty, Doug Robinson, Steven Berkoff, James Sikking, John Cannon, Marc Boyle, Chris Williams, Angelique Rockas, Maurice Roëves, Kika Markham, Jude Alderson, Rayner Bourton, Nicholas Barnes, Julia Depyer, Manning Redwood, Nina Francoise, Philip Johnston, Hal Galili
Director: Peter Hyams
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users. Votes: 5.
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Crime, Western

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