Film (1980). Transcontinental. Produced and directed by Stanley Donen. Written by Martin Amis, from a story by John Barry. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel. 87 minutes. Colour.
With a good director like Donen and a screenplay by Martin Amis, it is difficult to see how so obscene and silly an exploitation movie could come to be. Douglas and Fawcett play the couple alternating romping in bed with working on a hydroponics project, designed to feed millions, situated for no logical reason on Titan, the moon of Saturn (see Outer Planets). Unbalanced Benson (Keitel) arrives disguised as a legitimate researcher and builds an equally unstable Robot which spends most of the rest of the film tearing apart living creatures (including people) and groping lasciviously at Fawcett. This is the second film after Demon Seed (1977) to feature an amorous, unbalanced AI, a notion more Gothic than scientific. The novelization was Saturn 3 (1980) by Steve Gallagher. [PN]
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