Saturn 3 (1995) from Tuna

Saturn 3 (1980) is a UK Sci Fi thriller. That said, you know that it will involve a strange environment (in this case, a moon of Saturn), interesting conflicts based on science (in this case, hydroponic gardening and rogue robots), and some sex and/or nudity.

As the film opens, a rocket is being readied to visit a food research station on a moon of Saturn which is being manned by Spartacus and Farrah Fawcett. We eventually learn that the captain of this mission is to provide them with the most advanced robot ever to aid them in their work. He is to build it, then program it, transferring all the knowledge directly from his brain to the robot.

Someone kills the captain of that rocket, and flies off in his stead. Unfortunately for Spartacus and Farrah, the killer was bitter because he had been flunked out of the training program  - because he was too mentally unstable to set up this kind of robot. If that news isn't bad enough, once the killer assesses the situation, he also decides he wants to screw Fawcett, and those feelings will also get transferred to the robot.

As expected, the killer programs a neurotic robot who starts rebelling against his master and wants to have robo-sex with a certain famous member of Charlie's Angels, and the story turns into a battle of Spartacus against the robot.


Farrah Fawcett shows her breasts after a shower, and a few moments later in bed with Douglas. She clearly wasn't hired for her resonant speaking voice or her thespian prowess, and they had her poking through every costume she wore.

The set design was elaborate, and fairly well done, but Harvey Keitel, as the demented substitute captain, was way over the top in his performance. When added to Fawcett's squeaky little girl voice and the inimitable Kirk Douglas style, Keitel's histrionics were a bucket of sand in the gear box.

The Critics Vote ...

  • TV Guide 1/5

The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C-, with the caveat that it is a must for Farrah Fawcett fans. For others - it is short, and has the required elements for the genre

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