Saturn 3

Synopsis: Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream...
Production: Associated Film Distribution
  5 nominations.
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96 min

Captain James, your

presence on Pad 73. Urgent.

Captain James,

your presence required. Urgent.

Pad 73, for immediate launch.

Launch 392. Captain James,

your presence required. Urgent.

Is that you, Benson?

How you doing?

So you blew the mental test?

"Potentially unstable". Huh!

I'd have been unstable,

too, getting Saturn 3.

Huh! Saturn 3...

You're not going to appeal?

It's been tried before.

Hey, Benz, what are you doing?!

Wait a minute! Stop!

Stop! No, B... Quick, stop!

Benz! Hold it!

Launch 392. Captain James

for Saturn 3 launch minus 5.

Launch 392. Commit minus 3.

Launch to Control. Group

on board. Commit minus 250.

Status red and counting.

You remain clear.

Let's go. Minus 030.

Have a pleasant trip, Captain.

Minus 20.

Minus 15.

Minus 10 and counting...

Nine, eight, seven, six, five,

four, three, two, one...

You are entering the field

of Saturn 3 Experimental

Food Research Station.

Landers should adopt vectors

You are entering the field

of Saturn 3 Experimental

Food Research Station.

- Any urgent unloads?

- It can wait.

- I'll take that.

- No.

Is that all right in here?


Here's where we've been

for the last three years.

- Captain.

- Major.

This is my partner.

Take a look around.

We'll lock up.

You're quite an event

in our lives.

I guess you don't get

many drop-ins.

Hardly ever,

especially not from Earth.

- Hmm...

- Captain.

- What condo do you come from?

- Terminal 5.

Oh, I know 5. Where?

Far side of the East Billions.

Where were you?

I spent a couple of terms

in Billion Park.

They've cleaned it out now.

It's a dead cell.

Dead? I didn't know that.

- It's been a while. This way.

- I see by your scan

- you've never been to Earth.

- No, I haven't.

Saturn 3...

When they want to give...

...the Solar System an enema,

it's where they stick the tube.

We've heard that one.

I expected to go the lab.

We thought we'd have

a welcoming drink first.

- How's Earth, Captain?

- You get the bulletins.

You're supposed

to scan and acknowledge.

We do acknowledge.

But we don't always scan.


- Earth is hungry.

- That's why we're here.

Your research

is behind schedule.

We're doing all we can.

- You need help.

- You're the help?

- No taction contact.

- You mean don't touch?


What's in there?

I have to report in.

- You can't.

- We're in eclipse.

Oh, yes.

No external contact

while we're shadow-locked.

- You know that.

- Of course.

- How long will it last?

- 22 days.

- I need some rest.

- Show the captain his quarters.


Can I get you anything?

Some herbal?

- I'll just take some blues.

- Blues?

Blues. Blue dreamers.

Sleeping pills?

You've never heard of blues?

You lead a shut life here.

I choose to be here.

Here... In case

you choose to try one.

- One thing I envy him.

- What's that?

He's breathed.

We lead a shut life here.

It must be something

to go outside and breathe.

When I was last there,

if you breathed,

the pollution count

would rust your tubes!

What do you think

of the captain?

- He's funny.

- Funny?

I must have missed

his best lines.

- Adam?

- Hmm?

What are blues?


- Blue dreamers.

- Where did you get that?

From him.

He had no business

giving you this.

What do they do?

When they send

someone out alone,

they give them these

to stop them going static.

Did you ever take one?

- Blue dreamers?

- Did you?

Years ago.

- What was it like?

- Huh?

You heard me.


Let's try one... together.

- Maybe.

- Come on.


After he goes.

How long will he be here?

No longer than I can help.

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Martin Amis

Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist, essayist and memoirist. His best-known novels are Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for the Booker Prize twice to date (shortlisted in 1991 for Time's Arrow and longlisted in 2003 for Yellow Dog). Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.Amis's work centres on the excesses of late-capitalist Western society, whose perceived absurdity he often satirises through grotesque caricature; he has been portrayed as a master of what The New York Times called "the new unpleasantness". Inspired by Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis, Amis himself has gone on to influence many successful British novelists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Will Self and Zadie Smith. more…

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