Outland (1981)

Movie Title: Outland

Year Released: 1981

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 52min

Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Director: Peter Hyams

Writer: Peter Hyams

Starring: Sean Connery, Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, James Sikking, Kika Markham, Clarke Peters, Steven Berkoff, John Ratzenberger, P.H. Moriarty

Review: In the future, a marshal (Sean Connery) has been stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io. Soon he uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy and stands alone again those responsible who now want him dead.

Outland is a sci-i "western" that gets lost in the shuffle. Which is a shame because it is 10 kinds of awesome!

Sean Connery is tough, blunt, and ready for action as Marshall William T. O'Niel. His performance really drives this movie, plus he's surrounded by memorable character actors like Peter Boyle, Frances Sternhagen, and James Sikking, all of which are game for this space western thriller.

'Outland' is like 'High Noon' in space. Connery stands alone to stop the powers that be from running a corrupt, drug-fueled mining operation. Peter Hyams not only directed and wrote this underrated '80s gem, but he also brings a great visual style with his uncredited cinematography. With the set, costume design, and Jerry Goldsmith score, you'd swear this movie takes place within the 'Alien' universe.

So glad I found this flick! It's definitely worth a watch, especially for Connery fans.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Sean Connery lost a major extended cameo role in Chariots of Fire (1981) because this film went over schedule.


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