Outland
Outland (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A movie of unexpected pleasures.

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TV Guide

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

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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.

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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.

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Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

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

Time Out

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

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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.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Well there's no real mistaking what Peter Hyams set out to do with this movie. From the opening credits and score its pretty clear that Hyams had been… More
Aj V
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.
Jens S.
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… More
Ken Stachnik
High Noon meets Alien with a pinch of noir. Fun and effective. Very watchable. Obviously an influence on the new BSG.
Kevin M. Williams
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 =… More
Devon Bott
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… More