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  • Actors: Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel, Ed Bishop, Roy Dotrice
  • Directors: John Barry, Stanley Donen
  • Writers: John Barry, Martin Amis
  • Producers: Stanley Donen, Eric Rattray, Martin Starger
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9MW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Research scientists Adam (Kirk Douglas) and Alex (Farrah Fawcett) enjoy an idyllic existence on a remote space station until they are joined by inventor Benson (Harvey Keitel). Determined to create a super-race of robots, Benson manufactures a prototype, Hector, who gradually develops a mind of his own - taking on some of the more unpleasant aspects of his creator's personality in the process. The arrival at the station of the psychotic Captain James proves to be a catalyst for Hector to go on the rampage: but will his developing passion for Alex help or hinder the crew?

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When I first saw Saturn 3 on it's release I really enjoyed it. I seemed to be in a minority of one. It looks like I still am. For some reason everybody ignores the wonderfully understated Keitel in this. Also, for some reason, no-one appreciates one of the weirdest, most unhinged robots in movie history. It's a wonderful study of obsession run amok and it's all the more dangerous because the robot is completely warped. And, contrary to current opinion, Kirk Douglas and Farrah F. aren't as miscast as you might think. The whole point is he's a square-jawed hero and she's a screaming blonde. How do they cope when Hector (who's like an earlier incarnation of The Bad Lieutenant) turns up? They don't. It's Brad and Janet for real. I love it, I'm only sorry no-one else does.
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To say that sci-fi thriller Saturn 3 was a troubled picture is putting it mildly. The film suffered massive budget cuts shortly before shooting because of ITC's losses on Raise the Titanic, and things didn't get any better from there. Originally set to be the directorial debut of production designer John Barry, he soon fell foul of Kirk Douglas (whose ego was already smarting from taking second billing to Farrah Fawcett in what would be the last attempt to turn her into a major big screen star) and was replaced after a few days by producer Stanley Donen. Co-star Harvey Keitel fell out with the new director and didn't stick around for post-production, leaving him very obviously dubbed by British actor Roy Dotrice, which is all the more obvious since he also voices many of the public address announcements in the early scenes. Most of Elmer Bernstein's modernistic score was thrown out (including a particularly prescient bit of disco techno funk with Gregorian chants) and the film was heavily re-edited to less than an hour-and-a-half in a failed attempt to get a lower rating. After taking a box-office beating in the States it ended up opening quietly in the UK in a double-bill with Hawk the Slayer. It's probably a miracle the film came out at all, but the scars do show.

The idea isn't a particularly bad one, with Douglas and Fawcett an Adam and Eve (well, Adam and Alex) on a research station on one of Saturn's moons who find themselves with a pair of unwelcome serpents in their Eden in the form of Keitel and a robot helper, Hector.
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I remember reading the book and it was excellent. They then released the film which I enjoyed very much. The star of the film is without doubt, Hector the psychopathic robot who is hell bent on taking over the complex and using the two occupants as his slaves. It's nice to watch a Sci-fi film without CGI. I enjoyed this film very much and would recommend it to anyone who wants to watch something a little different.
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Odd 80s film starring Farrah Fawcett who is cute, flashes a breast, and can't act, and her lover Kirk Douglas who is too old, flashes his buttocks, and can act. Hector the robot is a deranged formidable presence who gets the hots for Farrah and why not. This causes jealousy as owner Harvey Keitel also wants Farrah. Hector tries to seduce her but Kirk attempts to stop it. The robots owner Keitel is as deranged as Hector. It is an unfriendly square triangle of romance and mayhem as the robot takes on allcomers in order to win the affections of Farrah.

Nice film to kick back to and not bad effects overall. The music is terrific, and the scenes with Hector are ominous and at times terrifying. Saw this on TV in the 80s and loved it then. Returning to it now I can see the plot holes but its a simple idea with 3 people fighting a massive robot on Saturnian spacecraft. Wonderful fun if you can put up with the acting.
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Dated but still good. The performances are decent and the story is well written. As with all films of this vintage the effects look poor but that doesn't matter much as this isn't an effects film. Worth the money
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This film isn't to the standard of Alien or other sci-fi classics. But Saturn 3 is a good story that is creepy! Harvey Keitel is perfectly cast as the mad killer who visits a far off outpost. The robot he builds learns from Harvey Keitel's mind so it ends up pretty twisted. There's a fair bit of tension, mostly helped by the gripping music. You wonder what the whole point of this will be and what that robot might want with our Farrah...

Some might say the special effects aren't all that great, well they aren't brilliant, certainly Alien (made a year or two earlier) has much better effects. With Saturn 3 you wish they'd more of an effort on the spaceships for sure. The films ending is also a little flat. But the build up is good. I recommend this film to anyone who likes a simple sci-fi story and of course anyone who likes Farrah Fawcett!
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Still a worthy addition to my sci-fi collection.
This has two versions one with fully french audio,the other one in english.Picture and sound are watchable.
Saw this at the cinema,i rated it then.Just ok now.B movie entertaining.
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