Saturn 3

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Science fiction

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Time Out says

Some handy tips on how to enjoy Saturn 3 One, you can play 'Spot the Rip-off', a game requiring only a cursory knowledge of successful sci-fi/horror movies. Watch for the Star Wars special effects, the claustrophobic chase scenes from Alien, the rampant robots of Dark Star. Or you can while away the credibility gaps by guessing how much Kirk Douglas got paid for not cracking up over lines like 'I guess I'm near abort-time', or how much Martin Amis got paid for writing them. Alternatively, try to figure out whether Harvey Keitel's baddie talks in such a clipped monotone because he's a baddie, or because he's gritting his teeth. And if all else fails, you can ponder the absurd central premise: could any biped - let alone the film's Meccano-built robot - be driven blood-lust crazy for Farrah Fawcett's fanny? Just another miserable muddle from the Lew Grade empire; there's more fun to be had cleaning out your cat litter tray.
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Release details

UK release:

1980

Duration:

87 mins

Cast and crew

Producer:

Stanley Donen

Cast:

Harvey Keitel, Farrah Fawcett, Douglas Lambert, Ed Bishop, Kirk Douglas

Art Director:

Stuart Craig

Editor:

Richard Marden

Screenwriter:

Martin Amis

Music:

Elmer Bernstein

Director:

Stanley Donen

Cinematography:

Billy Williams

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"Mutch"? Does anyone from Time Out Online read customer reviews and, you know, edit them a bit so that it doesn't seem like their readership are all morons? Saturn 3: nice production design, good exploitation premise, one memorably nasty death very early on. And that's it. Textbook example of how interesting ideas on the page die in the making. It would be nice to know M. Amis's thoughts on this little number, other than his observations on movie people in "Money"..