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:
- 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).
- Damsel in Distress: Farrah Fawcett's character. Constantly harassed by Harvey Keitel's character, and later stalked by the Hector the Killer Robot, who possesses Harvey Keitel's character's memories and bits of his personality.
- Indy Hat Roll: There's one sequence where they 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.
- Ms Fan Service: Farrah Fawcett's character. So much that all the other characters (even the robot) are fighting over her.
- Mile-Long Ship
- 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: Harvey Keitel's character is dubbed by Roy Dotrice.
- 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.