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Writers:
Martin Amis (screenplay)
John Barry (story)
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Release Date:
15 February 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Ultimate Space Adventure See more »
Plot:
Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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Harmless Space Hokum See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Farrah Fawcett ... Alex

Kirk Douglas ... Adam

Harvey Keitel ... Benson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ed Bishop ... Harding (uncredited)

Roy Dotrice ... Benson (voice) (uncredited)
Douglas Lambert ... Captain James (uncredited)
Christopher Muncke ... 2nd Crewman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
John Barry (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Martin Amis (screenplay)

John Barry (story)

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
Eric Rattray .... associate producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
 
Production Design by
Stuart Craig 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Dorme 
 
Set Decoration by
Alan Cassie 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... chief makeup artist
Leonard Engelman .... makeup designer: Miss Fawcett (as Leonard Engelmann)
Jeanette Freeman .... assistant hairdresser
Garren .... hair designer: Miss Fawcett
Pauline Heys .... assistant makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye .... chief hairdresser
 
Production Management
Terence A. Clegg .... production manager (as Terry Clegg)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Cotton .... assistant director
Nick Daubeny .... assistant director (as Nicholas Daubeny)
Terry Madden .... assistant director
Michael Murray .... assistant director
Eric Rattray .... second unit director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... assistant director
Andrew Warren .... assistant director
 
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Gavin Bocquet .... space equipment deviser
Ken Pattenden .... construction manager
Andy Aitken .... scenic plasterer/mould maker (uncredited)
Gari Bacon .... props (uncredited)
Peter Russell .... art set assistant (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Roger Limb .... electronic sound effects
Tony Message .... sound editor
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Robin O'Donoghue .... assistant dubbing mixer
John Poyner .... sound editor
Nicholas Stevenson .... dubbing editor
 
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects
Chris Corbould .... special effects assistant
Michael Dunleavy .... special effects assistant
Joe Fitt .... special effects assistant
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects assistant
Jeff Luff .... special effects assistant
Terry Schubert .... special effects assistant
Roy Spencer .... special effects assistant
Jonathan Williams .... special effects assistant
Neil Corbould .... special effects runner (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Bartlett .... matte technician
Roy Field .... optical effects
Vic Fuller .... focus: model unit
John Morgan .... model unit camera operator
Peter Parks .... optical effects
Jonathan Taylor .... focus: model unit
Wally Veevers .... optical effects
Martin Body .... matte cameraman (uncredited)
Keith Holland .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chic Anstiss .... camera operator
George Cole .... gaffer
Ted Deason .... focus puller
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Robert Paynter .... additional photographer (as Bob Paynter)
John Flemming .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe mistress
John Hilling .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Campbell Askew .... assistant editor
Roy Benson .... assistant editor
Roy Birchley .... assistant film editor
Robert Gavin .... assistant editor (as Bob Gavin)
Mark Gill .... assistant editor
John Preston .... assistant editor
Paul Hamill .... post-production assistant: Cinema Research Corp. (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Keith Grant .... music mixer
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sidney G. Barnsby .... production accountant (as Sid Barnsby)
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Doreen Landry .... publicist
Loretta Ordewer .... production assistant
Judith Van Amringe .... jewellery
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Saturn Three" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

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Trivia:
Farrah Fawcett celebrated her thirty-second birthday during the making of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 56 mins) Benson strikes Adam on the head with a lamp. It leaves a bloody gash that comes and goes during the ensuing chase scene.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Announcement:Captain James, your presence on pad 73, immediate, urgent.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Harmless Space Hokum, 11 May 2007
Author: trickyascupart from United Kingdom

Right. Saturn 3 is one of those films that always seems to divide reviewers into the two old and trustworthy camps: "what a great picture" and "who the heck let this pile of manure be made?" And then, it has the ability to have a solid middle ground; the "nyah...not bad..." crowd. I have to say that I fall into this latter group. I first saw Saturn 3 when I was a teenager and was gripped by it. I remember thinking how cool Hector looked and the fact that he was also downright creepy. In the years before seeing The Terminator Hector, for me, was the archetypal maniac machine that will stop at nothing to kill you in a (probably) gruesome way. Okay, the film's saving graces: the overall design of the sets and costumes. Ignoring the rather bleak look of the corridors, the Saturn 3 station has that feeling of being futuristic but also familiar in a Holiday Inn-sort of way, and the launching area at the film's beginning, with that great big flaming hole image effectively acting as a rather cool backdrop. Benson's (and also James') space suits are very nicely done. They give off the distinct air of practicality, like a hyper-modern air force pressure suit, and also a sense of impersonality about them which becomes menacing with the addition of the dark face plated helmets. Adam and Alex's work-out gear, however, is very dated and it's also quite excruciating to watch their exercise routine. The ships aren't Star Wars Star Destroyers, but then they're not meant to be. The way I look at it, they were designed to look slightly other worldly and also practical. Benson's pod that he flies to Saturn 3 looks entirely functional and although it appears rather clunky and distinctly un-aerodynamic, it's worth remembering that in space there isn't any wind resistance so sleek lines aren't necessary. Unfortunately, because this was a full-sized prop for the actors to interact with the other ships do look like the models they are. Hector is a piece of design excellence. For a start, the actual costume is made from metal, instantly rendering the appearance of a real robot. The actual laboured gait and measured way of moving employed by the actor playing Hector (probably due to the considerable weight of the suit) is instrumental in convincing the viewer of his cybernetic credentials. What helps is that we see Hector being constructed and that can block out any ideas of the "man in a suit" mold, particularly in regards to the insertion of the brain tissue into (effectively) the torso of the costume. Finally, Harvey Keitel. His performance in this film is derided by many as being too over the top and hammy but I think that he actually saw the script for what it really was - eighty-odd minutes of comic-book fun. He had a ball with the Benson character and it's quite obvious that he knew he wasn't asked to do Shakespeare and play it straight. Kirk Douglas and Farrah Fawcett are a let down to be sure. It's evident that Kirk's entering his dotage and the idea of him being an action hero and hot stud when he's the same age as most of the audience's grandfathers is frankly ludicrous. And showing your sagging butt, Kirk? Should've kept those training suit bottoms on. Farrah does play Alex well when she's there to look good, but any semblance of the idea that she's a research scientist just doesn't compute. The film in itself is a bit of a hit and miss affair. It aims to be a sophisticated sci-fi thriller like Alien but the casting of Douglas and Fawcett certainly taint any idea of it being classed as a thriller. The music (what there is of it) is original, the direction so-so and the overall concept is there, but it fails to it the target spot on. An enjoyable piece of hokum to pass the time would be a fair review.

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