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Saturn 3 Reviews

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½ February 9, 2016
OH look, a space horror film that's actually scary and has actual characters in it. Hell even the age difference isn't that out of place in this setting, only taking off half a star for a weirdness in the beginning and something unresolved later on.
April 12, 2015
panned and hated by critics I liked this directed by musical director Stanley Donan.
January 7, 2015
Ive never understood the reason people dont rate this movie. The movie is really a psychological thriller about a sociopath given too much power over a couple in a remote location, but set in space. effects wise, the movie goes for an update of the 1970s b movie genre and manages to create a sinister oppressive feel to the environment that adds to the overall isolation. Terrible editing and not enough pacing ruin the first half of the movie with conversations being dubbed badly and edited to move them along, stealing impact from the dramatic overtones of the first meeting between the scientists and Captain Benson, but its the Frankenstein monster robot, Hector, that makes this movie. for 1980, the only comparable movie effect of its type was Alien. the 9 foot robot is particularly menacing at times, learning from the sociapathic tendencies of Harvey Kietel as he lust after Farah Fawcett and ends up giving Hector a murderous streak that leads to Benson's death. All in all, I found it a rare gem in a time period that was filled with many b movies which fared better (Battle beyond the Stars, Battlestar Galactica, etc...) At least this was an attempt at making something much more original for the time whilest most film companies were responding to Star Wars by releasing any old tripe.
January 7, 2015
Makes mid 70's Dr. Who look like 2001. Douglas, Keitel and Fawcett are all wasted here...particularly the latter who spends the entire film being lecherously ogled by everyone involved even the annoying robot.
½ December 10, 2014
even fawcett couldn't save it.
½ November 16, 2014
A somewhat dated film but still quite enjoyable to watch. Not one to bother watching again though
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2014
Or Frankenstein In Space! Despite the number of A-listers working on this what we get is simply a poor effort all round, but I'd start with a weak story first.Worst than some fan made Youtube efforts I've seen ... by far.Either give it a pass or light up a joint and have a few this.
June 2, 2014
The plot of this movie is just a story about an evil robot. Farrah Fawcett and Kirk Douglas are living alone on a future space station near Saturn. Supposedly they are growing food to send back to earth. Harvey Keitel brings them a robot to help make them more efficient. Harvey Keitel imprints his memories into the robot. When the robot realizes that Harvey Keitel is mentally unstable and has killed the real designer of the robot, it turns on Keitel and kills him. He then tries to kill Farrah and Kirk Douglas. The real reason for the movie is to give Farrah a chance to show some skin and to run around in revealing outfits. The story is so predictable it's kind of boring. Kirk Douglas was in his 60's when he made this movie and Farrah was in her 20's. It's kind of creepy seeing an old man with a woman 40 years younger. It's also kind of sad to think Kirk Douglas is still alive and Farrah died way too young.
April 12, 2014
The best thing I can say about this movie, is that it's got amazing sets.
April 12, 2014
The best part of this film? Proof that Harvey Keitel has been young. But a butt nekkid Kirk Douglas still kicked his a**.
½ February 25, 2014
Saturn 3, for all intents and purposes, is a B movie. It's not exactly a strong one, but it's not exactly weak either. You can tell within the first five or ten minutes what this film is all about and why it came into being. It's a bit of an amalgam of all of the things that were popular at the time having to do with science fiction: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Alien, especially Alien. Even the score evokes these films. It features a terrible performance from Farrah Fawcett, who is simply present for her goods, but there's also Harvey Keitel and Kirk Douglas. It's a real head-scratcher of a movie, especially considering that Stanley Donen came in to finish the film half-way through the production. He directed films like Singin' the Rain and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and really nothing like this, so the movie's odd all around. The monster/robot isn't much of a winner either. The movie is still interesting to watch, despite all of its flaws, of which there are many.
February 13, 2014
Saturn 3 caught my eye for its 3 lead actors as well as the fact that it was one of the first films to be nominated for the Golden Raspberry award for Worst Picture. And I simple just had to determine for myself if it was that bad.

I've honestly seen a lot worse, but I can say that Saturn 3 is in fact fairly had.
It has a simple plot which could have made it a decent science fiction thriller, but it's a bit close to the 1972 sconce fiction film Silent Running, only with the environmental theme replaced by a killer robot one. Still, Silent Running had superior visual effects and better acting while Saturn 3 has a lot of poor quality models and cheap visual effects combined with bad acting.
It's more very derivative of the film Alien in terms of the story, but it again lacks the acting and effects that Alien had. It also has no suspense or thrills whatsoever in it, and save from a convincing setting a decent production design and costumes, Saturn 3 proved to suffer at the hands of cutbacks due to ITC Entertainment going over-budget and over-schedule with the creation of the notorious box office flop Raise the a Titanic and under the low point of Stanley Donen's career as a director.
The story lacks tension, action or drama and it is paced slowly. At least it doesn't run for an excessive length.
The visual effects in Saturn 3 are too poor. You can obviously tell that most of the scenes are comes with really small models filmed up close as if to look big without succeeding once. Some moments are decent but the majority are notably poor.
And there just really isn't any fun in the film, and the actors have no determination for what they're doing.
Kirk Douglas puts no charisma into his role. He delivers his line without any passion or strength, and since he is considered one of the greatest male actors of all time, the same actor who have an incredible lead performance in the 1960 spectacle Spartacus, this is seriously disappointing. Saturn 3 is arguably the lowest point in his career as a leading man, and he has no charisma in the film.
Farrah Fawcett's performance is weak. She doesn't ever have a sense of belief in her emotional state or reactions to stimulus in the film. This is especially notable when her character Alex finds that her dog Sally has been murdered and she emotionlessly hyperventilated until screaming suddenly when Hector picks her up. None of it is believable, and it all just feels like a cheap attempt to capitalise on her attractiveness, which is also supported by the fact that she appears topless in the film briefly and constantly wears revealing space suits. There is no real acting in her, just a lot of strange bodily actions.
Harvey Keitel is no better. All he brings to the film is tight green leather pants and a haircut that says "virgin for life". He brings none of the acting talents that would later score him ah Academy Award nomination to his role in Saturn 3 and so it seems like he is nothing more than a name in the film, also because he has minimal screen time. Plus, even though Stanley Donen cast him, he was displeased with Harvey Keitel's Brooklyn accent and had British actor Roy Dotrice dub him which is just ridiculous and damaging to the film. There is little logic behind why he was cast in the first place if this was the case, and that reminds us that Stanley Donen really did not know what he was doing.

All in all I guess Saturn 3 could have been a lots worse, but in hundreds of ways it could have been better.
Super Reviewer
½ January 20, 2014
Fond memories of this movie. Actually, any science fiction around the late 70's to early 80's was seen as a continuation of the Star Wars exciting momentum. Re-watching with post-ROTJ blues, Saturn 3 seemed confined to a single base, with a junky robot and embarrassingly acted. The story is a shambled mess. The future technology presented now seems clunky. Harvey Keitel plays a cold snake character. Farrah and Kirk's relationship seems a bit awkward; she was so smooth and young and he was so old and wrinkled. I noticed the lack of incidental music. Most impressive was the set design of the remote space station.
November 14, 2013
Harvey Keitel builds a robot named Hector which turns evil on account by falling in love with the beautiful Farrah Fawcett. Kirk Douglas plays the older scientist who gets to sleep with Fawcett's character for much of movie. A bizarre love triangle takes place in a space station on Saturn 3 between Keitel, his robot and Douglas who all lust after Fawcett since she's the only woman around. I liked the thriller aspect of the robot turned evil and wants to kill, but at times it was too boring as a story to be interesting. What was interesting was the set design on Saturn 3 and the effects of course.
November 9, 2013
Even by 1980, science-fiction had films like 2001 and Star Wars to set a standard of high-concept and visual spectacle. Saturn 3 has none of these; it's shockingly idiotic, scientifically dubious, and a waste of money and talent.
September 29, 2013
In the future, the world is over-crowded and in need of food. A pair of scientists (who are also lovers) work by themselves on a moon of Saturn researching food production. An off-balance astronaut travels to their base to get their research back on track (it doesnt appear that the two do any work ever). The astronaut (Harvey Keitel) brings with him a robot he can (barely) control with his thoughts. Harvey disrupts the scientists' idyllic lifestyle as he lusts for the female of the pair played by Farrah Fawcett (the robot wants her ass too). Not only does the new resident eat dogs, he has great pick-up lines such as "You have a great body. May I use it?" Even with the Terminator-like chase, this was really boring as all hell (and seeing Kirk Douglas' rear-end sure didnt help things!). Other similarities can be found with Alien and 2001 (plus the intro was a total Star Wars rip-off/tribute).
½ September 22, 2013
Everything about this film has aged terribly.
September 5, 2013
With the standout scene being a naked Kirk Douglas kicking a leather clad Harvey Keitel's ass, this film otherwise manages to be jarringly un-fun for it's seemingly endless 88 minute running time. It's the decision-making that went into this film that is the real horror.
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