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Saturn 3 (1980)

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 eight foot robot.


Stanley Donen, John Barry (uncredited)


Martin Amis (screenplay), John Barry (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Farrah Fawcett ... Alex
Kirk Douglas ... Adam
Harvey Keitel ... Benson


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... Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Trapped between unnatural love and inhuman desire See more »


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Release Date:

15 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A few years after the release of this movie, Farrah Fawcett was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), in which Johnny 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." See more »


When Adam is going to leave Benson 'to the robot', he's about to close the door when it cuts back to Benson pleading on the table. You can see Adam's hand helping him, even though at that point, he's over at the door saying he won't leave him. time 36.46. See more »


[first lines]
Announcement: Captain James, your presence on pad 73, immediate, urgent.
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Alternate Versions

A scene of Adam and Alex taking a recreational blues pill was cut from the original UK cinema version in order for the film to receive an 'A' (PG) certificate. The scene was restored for the later 15-rated video version. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1991) See more »

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11 November 2006 | by greer453See all my reviews

I just read a glowing review of this movie in which the reviewer dismisses the film's legion of critics as a bunch of benighted Star Wars nerds. Well, let me tell you, anyone who thinks Saturn 3 was remotely interesting or cool must have watched it on Ecstasy or acid (basically, I am saying that marijuana would not be enough). I grew up as a rabid Sci-Fi fan who salivated at the prospect of ANY movie set in space, and back when Saturn 3 was made, you took what you could get. I found redeeming qualities in nearly every Sci-Fi flick that came down the pike, so I was not what you'd call picky. Silent Running, Outland, Logan's Run-- you name it, I managed to convince myself that it was good. But Saturn 3? What a turkey! It was pedestrian, it was dull, the story was hackneyed and pointless, and it was annoying. And remember, this was Farah Fawcett BEFORE she won acclaim in The Burning Bed. Oh, and the special effects were not very special at all. The person who praised this movie and registered disdain at all the negative reviews should go back into the archives and look up what every single film critic said about the movie when it premiered. It was panned by everyone in the industry, and for very good reason. It stunk. So please, unless you have a clinical fascination with dreadful movies, don't waste your time. And don't listen to delusional apologists for the film who first saw it when they were 12 years old.

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