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(1980)

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The robot Hector stood over eight feet tall and cost a little over a million dollars to make.
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Kirk Douglas reportedly directed this film for two days after John Barry left the project.
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Elmer Bernstein wrote an hour of music for the film, much of it progressive and experimental, but most of it was unused after the opening sequences until the film's last half hour. Bernstein removed some of the cues himself after the film was extensively re-edited because they did not work in truncated form while others appear to have been removed by producer and replacement director Stanley Donen. The full score was released as a very limited edition CD in 2008 that is now deleted.
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Lord Lew Grade objected to two scenes he felt were distasteful and had them cut out of the picture. One scene had Hector mutilate Benson's corpse on a laboratory table whilst the other was a dream sequence where Alex and Adam murdered Benson.
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Sean Connery was originally considered to play Adam while Michael Caine was initially in the running to portray Benson.
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Harvey Keitel's voice was dubbed by Roy Dotrice.
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Colin Chilvers modeled "Hector" on a drawing by 'Leonardo Da Vinci'.
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The budget for the production of this movie was reduced when the Lord Lew Grade / ITC production house's other production Raise the Titanic (1980) went over budget.
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A few years after the release of the film, Farrah Fawcett was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in which Mr. Carson casually poked fun at Fawcett's movie choices. "I remember you did a picture - I think it was called 'Saturn 3'." The audience laughed a bit as Fawcett squirmed, answering, "Originally they had a very good script, it was called 'The Helper', and it was a lot different from what we ended up shooting."
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This was the first production that Farrah Fawcett was again billed as Farrah Fawcett and not as Farrah Fawcett-Majors after her separation / divorce from Lee Majors. Before this marriage, earlier in her career, she had previously been billed as Farrah Fawcett.
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Stanley Donen on John Barry's abrupt departure "It was my fault, not John's. The truth is John had hardly ever been on a set, which I didn't realize. He was such a terrific talent, but he'd spent most of his time in an office. He knew next to nothing about staging a scene, or handling actors. And since nature hates a vacuum, the actors jumped on him. The film started floundering. Finally I had to tell him : 'it's not working. I'll have to be on the set with you'. I had a moral commitment, after all ; I'd make sure the film went all right. But when I did turn up on the set, John said he just couldn't work like that, so he left. There was no question of his being fired."
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First film as a story writer for sci-fi specialist production designer / art director John Barry.
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It took 79 craftsmen four months to build the massive interior set for the moon research station.
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It took twenty people to animate the puppet for Hector the robot.
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A fantasy sequence featuring Farrah Fawcett in a skimpy PVC jumpsuit was filmed but not used. Stills from the sequence were used extensively in publicity for the film on its original release.
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Penultimate theatrical feature film for director Stanley Donen.
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This picture has a sexually-aroused robot and was released just a few years after the similarly themed Demon Seed (1977).
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The 62-year-old Kirk Douglas appeared nude in the film.
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Michael Palin visited the set during the shooting of this movie.
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Farrah Fawcett celebrated her thirty-second birthday during the making of this film.
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Kirk Douglas thought the clothes he wore in this movie were so comfortable that he kept them after production wrapped.
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In his novel "Money" (1984) Martin Amis uses a great deal of his experience as the screenwriter for this film as the basis of the book. The director, John Self, is based on the film's original director John Barry, and Lorne Guyland (Long Island in Newyorkese) is meant as a caricature of Kirk Douglas, the aging star still trying to prove how sexy he was. Caduta bears some resemblance to Sophia Loren, who, fortunately for her, was not a member of the film cast.
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The name of the robot Hector in this movie is taken from The Trojan Wars in Greek Mythology where Hector was the Trojan Prince and the greatest fighter of Troy.
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Harvey Keitel had one other film out in the same year as this movie, Death Watch (1980) [aka Death Watch], and like this picture, it was also a science-fiction movie.
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