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Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James B. Sikking, Kika Markham ... see more see more... , Clarke Peters , Steven Berkoff , John Ratzenberger , Nicholas Barnes , Manning Redwood , Pat Starr , Phillip Johnston , Angus MacInnes , Stuart Milligan , Eugene Lipinski , Norman Chancer , Ron Travis , Anni Domingo , Bill Bailey , Chris Williams , Marc Boyle , James Berwick , Gary Olsen , Sharon Duce , P.H. Moriarty , Angelique Rockas , Doug Robinson , Brendan Hughes , Hal Galili , Nori Morgan

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 h... read more read more...e'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. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr., Rovi

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R, 1 hr. 49 min.

Directed by: Peter Hyams

Release Date: January 1, 1981

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DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001

Stats: 518 reviews

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  • July 9, 2014
    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 ... read morereally good thriller, a logical progression respectfully done with obvious affection to the original.
  • January 11, 2011
    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.
  • October 10, 2010
    High Noon meets Alien with a pinch of noir. Fun and effective. Very watchable. Obviously an influence on the new BSG.
  • February 20, 2009
    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 ... read morebit 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.
  • May 12, 2008
    Not bad, not bad. Apparently this a huge ripoff of High Noon but I don't really give a shit. It's a nice, junky science fiction movie, full of exploding heads and Sean Connery shooting things with like five hundred different shotguns. (I typed "shotfuns" on accident and considere... read mored just leaving it.) The ending seems to have nothing to do with the beginning, since it starts as a mystery and ends as a violent space station chase scene, but I guess as a change in gears it's fine.

    Fluffy, non-committal entertainment in every sense of the phrase.
  • October 25, 2007
    Sean Connery kills druggy spacemen. I like when the guys face explodes outside. Not that entertaining as a whole.
  • September 9, 2007
    Sci Fi action with Connery wielding a shotgun. Not too bad and it has some decent action.
  • July 14, 2007
    Shaun Connery fights corruption and drug abuse on an outer space mining colony. There aren't any creatures here, only humans! I liked this suspenseful movie.
  • July 14, 2007
    Efficient sci fi thriller that's basically High Noon made in the style of Alien. The family based scenes are a little embarrassing, but they are mercifully brief and infrequent.
  • October 23, 2006
    "High Noon" goes sci-fi with Connery as a marshal on the Jupiter moon.

Critic Reviews

Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Variety Staff, Variety

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

Dave Kehr
June 5, 2007
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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

January 26, 2006
Time Out

Because both dialogue and direction are none too exciting, one's tired eyes wander endlessly over the space base sets. Full Review

Vincent Canby
August 30, 2004
Vincent Canby, New York Times

A movie of unexpected pleasures. Full Review

Matt Brunson
August 8, 2012
Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing

The early-going intrigue maintains interest, but once the film starts shamelessly riffing on High Noon, all the excitement fritters away. Full Review

John J. Puccio
July 10, 2012
John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis

...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

June 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Connery and Boyle are fine, but the wholesale lifting of High Noon's plot certainly undermines interest. Full Review

Chuck O'Leary
January 25, 2006
Chuck O'Leary,

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

Christopher Null
August 14, 2005
Christopher Null,

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. Full Review

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
January 31, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice

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

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    • Sheppard: You're a dead man.
    • O'Neil: Think it over!

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