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Outland is a 1981 science fiction movie starring Sean Connery. It is essentially a futuristic Western movie, with a specific nod towards High Noon, with Connery's character the federal marshal of a mining colony on Io, a moon of Jupiter, rather than in the Wild West.
The manager of the colony, played by Peter Boyle, is part of a drug smuggling ring. The drugs are brought into the colony for the miners' recreation during their harsh duty on Io. When a bad shipment of drugs is distributed, several miners experience hallucinations and die in mishaps. The marshal investigates and uncovers the smuggling ring. The marshal confronts the manager to stop the drug shipments, but the manager says that nobody else wants the drugs shipments to be stopped. The manager contacts his smuggling ring and several assassins are sent to the station to murder the marshal. With the sole help of the station doctor, played by Frances Sternhagen , the marshal evades the assassins through a desperate kill-or-be-killed chase throughout the colony.
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