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Film: Saturn 3
"I loved you in Spartacus!"

Saturn 3note  is a 1980 science-fiction film staring Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, and Harvey Keitel. It was conceived and partly directed by John Barry, a production designer for A Clockwork Orange and Star Wars: A New Hope. This film takes cues from both. After some sort of dispute (accounts differ), Stanley Donen (of Singin' in the Rain fame) ended up directing most of it.


Saturn 3 provides examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: When Hector goes fully haywire (Or, Hector goes fully haywire when) Harvey Keitel's character Benson is trying to forcefully abduct her and take her to Earth, Hector grabs him by the wrist and just crushes straight through it.
  • Artistic License - Astronomy: Based on the way Saturn moves through the moon's sky, it would have to be orbiting perpendicular to the rings. For some reason it's necessary to pilot a craft straight through the rings in order to get to the moon. The station is out of communication with Earth for 22 days because Saturn is blocking it, which is impossible (no satellite could orbit that slowly).
  • Badass Grandpa: Kirk Douglas was 63 when he filmed this movie.
  • The Bait: Alex (Farrah Fawcett) at one point stands in the middle of the lab, in front of a few floor panels of which the supportive grating had been removed. Hector just walks around them.
  • Bloodless Carnage: When Adam pushes Hector into the coolant pit whilst carrying the explosives, a massive blast with several parts of Hector is shown. But nothing belonging to Adam.
  • Brain Uploading: Hector learns, slowly, but learns quicker when connected to a human brain.
  • Cold Open: Benson is shown killing a pilot in order to obtain the Wetware CPU. Why he did this is never revealed within the context of the movie.
  • Damsel in Distress: Farrah Fawcett's character Alex. Constantly harassed by Harvey Keitel's character, and later stalked by the Hector the Killer Robot, who possesses Benson's character's memories and bits of his personality.
  • Deleted Scene: A scene was filmed where Hector was using the lab equipment to "dismantle" Benson. It was sufficiently gory enough that the director decided to leave it out of the final cut.
  • Development Hell: The movie changed hands and writers several times. The end result is a film that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Adam sacrifices his own life for Alex', seeing as he was linked to the Robot and probably under its influence already.
  • Indy Hat Roll: There's one sequence where Alex and Adam have to run through a corridor full of closing doors that close in sequence, as the trope dictates; however, they don't quite make it and the last door closes in front of them.
  • Killer Robot: Hector.
  • Let Him Die: When a gigantic ceiling claw ('cause all laboratories have giant ceiling claws) pins Benson down, Adam considers just letting Hector have him as he's about to close the emergency door on him. He turns out to be a better man than Benson, and goes back to save him.
  • Ms Fan Service: Farrah Fawcett's Alex. So much that all the other characters (even the robot) are fighting over her.
  • Mile-Long Ship
  • Minimalist Cast: There are only five speaking actors onscreen. Six if you count the Killer Robot. Three of which carry 99% of the movie. One of whom dies as soon as the robot starts going mental.
  • Not Quite Dead: Hector gets dismantled at one point, but manages to reactivate himself later on, and use the lab equipment to put himself back together.
  • Recycled Set: During the cat and mouse game with Hector and the heroes, they repeatedly run through the same corridor with the same lighting shot from the same angle.
  • Same Language Dub: Benson is dubbed by Roy Dotrice.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Once Hector has appropriated Benson's voice there is a Wham Shot of him standing in a corridor wearing his head.
  • The Voiceless: Hector, at first. He later obtains Benson's voice, Adam's and uses Alex' to send away The Cavalry.
  • Wetware CPU: Hector's three brains, which are stacked in a tube full of bubbling water.
  • Unnecessarily Creepy Robot: Hector looks for all the world like a skinned, metallic corpse with tubes for veins and metal plates where its muscles would be. Slowly, more of it is revealed, until we come to its head... or lack of one. All it has on top are two insectile, twitching, glowing eyes on an arm. It doesn't talk — it merely flicks its eyes around to stare at you. When you combine those attributes with its measured tread, its deliberately inhuman movements and the fact that it's learning directly from the thoughts of the murderous, psychotic handler who has a stalkercrush on Farrah Fawcett, it invokes the eeriest elements of the Uncanny Valley, essentially recreating Frankenstein's Monster in space. But scarier. What happens near the end of the film isn't pretty either: the handler places his own brain inside the robot, which wears the front of his face like a mask.

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alternative title(s): Saturn 3
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