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14. In OUTLAND and TOTAL RECALL, people exposed to vacuum promptly explode. In 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, a few seconds' exposure to vacuum doesn't bother one at all. Which is right?




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This article is from the rec.arts.sf.movies FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper evelynleeper@geocities.com with numerous contributions by others.

14. In OUTLAND and TOTAL RECALL, people exposed to vacuum promptly explode. In 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, a few seconds' exposure to vacuum doesn't bother one at all. Which is right?

This hasn't occurred in real life, but there have been experiments where
animals, or parts of a person's body, were exposed to vacuum; these
experiments happened before any of these films were made. 2001 was right;
OUTLAND and TOTAL RECALL ignored the known facts. A full discussion of
this can be found in the sci.space FAQL. (Someone also mentioned that in
OUTLAND Connery wears a spacesuit that leaves some parts of his arm
uncovered.)

 

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