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jaragon

"Saturn 3" 1980

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Adam (Kirk Douglas) and Alex ( Farrah Fawcett) are scientist (?) living on a space station on one of Saturns's moons- they spend their day jogging, playing with a cute dog and having sex- they act like they are in a beach house in Malibu not in outer space.  The May-December couple's fun is interrupted by the arrival of Benson ( Harvey Keitel with dubbed voice by Roy Dotrice) an obvious psycho who brings along Hector- a robot who goes out of control once he gets a look at Farah in short shorts.  John Barry the production designer had written the original story and was suppose to direct but because of creative differences was replaced by Stanley Donen.  Mr Donen shows off his MGM musical heritage by staging a space launch as if it was Busby Berkley production number.  The effects are good for that time but feel very generic now.  Hector the robot has a cool body but I wonder who came up with ridiculous flimsy head which could easily be knocked off .  The movie feels truncated we never get too see the effect of the drug when the couple take it- which Mr Donen could have staged as dream ballet.  My favorite shot in the trailer is Miss Fawcett wearing a Barbarella like costume which does not appear in the final cut of the  film-( maybe that was part of the dream ballet? )https://youtu.be/NENxIu02bvg

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