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(1980)

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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 this movie, 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 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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Harvey Keitel's voice was dubbed by Roy Dotrice.
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Hector the robot stood over eight feet tall, and cost a little over $1 million to make.
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Executive Producer Lord Lew Grade (uncredited) had 2 scenes removed because he thought they were distasteful. In one scene, Hector mutilated Benson's corpse on a laboratory table. The other was a dream sequence in which Alex and Adam murder Benson.
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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."
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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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It took seventy-nine craftsmen four months to build the massive interior set for the moon research station.
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Asked about the original director,John Barry's abrupt departure, Stanley Donen said "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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This was Farrah Fawcett's first film after her divorce from Lee Majors, and her first film where she wasn't billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
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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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Colin Chilvers modelled "Hector" on a drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci.
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Sir Sean Connery was originally considered to play Adam, and Sir Michael Caine was initially in the running to portray Benson.
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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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Sixty-two-year-old Kirk Douglas appears nude.
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Original Director John Barry had made his name as a Set Designer, and had been acclaimed for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Superman (1978). After he was removed from this movie, he was working as a Second Unit Director on Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), when he collapsed on-set, and died of meningitis.
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Penultimate theatrical feature film for Director Stanley Donen.
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This movie featured a sexually-aroused robot, and was released just a few years after the similarly themed Demon Seed (1977).
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First film as a Story Writer for science fiction specialist Production Designer and Art Director John Barry.
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The name of the robot, "Hector", was taken from the Trojan Wars in Greek Mythology, where Hector was the Trojan Prince, and the greatest fighter of Troy.
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Farrah Fawcett celebrated her thirty-second birthday during the making of this film.
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In his novel "Money," Martin Amis used 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 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 was not a member of the cast.
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Michael Palin visited the set during filming.
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Harvey Keitel had one other movie out in the same year as this one, Death Watch (1980), and like this movie, it was also a science fiction movie.
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