Space Mutiny

Space Mutiny

name = Space Mutiny

image_size = 350px| caption = Its Hilarious, ... but not on purpose Hilariously Bad
imdb_id = 0096149
writer = Maria Dante
starring = Reb Brown Cissy Cameron Cameron Mitchell
James Ryan
John Phillip Law
Graham Clark
Billy Second
Rufus Swart
producer = David Winters
director = David Winters, Neal Sundstrom (co-director)
cinematography = Vincent G. Cox
Andrew Parke
editing=Bill Asher
Charlotte Konrad
Catherine Meyburon| music = Tim James
Mark Mancina
Steve McClintock
distributor = Action International Pictures
released = 1988 (USA)
runtime = 93 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:45862 |

budget = Unknown
country = South Africa

"Space Mutiny" (also known as "Mutiny in Space") is a 1988 South African science-fiction action film about a mutiny aboard the spaceship known as the "Southern Sun".


The "Southern Sun" is a seedship, or a spacefaring vessel that contains large amounts of people, whose mission is to colonize a new world. Its voyage has lasted generations, so many of its inhabitants have been born and will die without ever setting foot on solid ground. This does not please the antagonist, Elijah Kalgan, who conspires with the pirates infesting the nearby Corona Borealis system and the ship’s Chief Engineer MacPhearson. Kalgan hatches a plot to disrupt the Southern Sun’s navigation systems and use the Enforcers, the ship’s police force, to hijack the ship and direct it towards this system. At this point, the inhabitants of the "Southern Sun" will have no choice but to accept his “generosity.”

Kalgan sabotages a key part of the ship just as an important professor’s shuttle is on a landing trajectory. The loss of guidance control causes the ship to explode. The ship’s pilot, Dave Ryder, is able to escape, but the professor dies in the explosion. This sabotage seals off the flight deck for a number of weeks, which gives Kalgan the opportunity to attempt to wrest control. With the Enforcers in his hand, and with the flight deck out of commission, he holds the entire population of the "Southern Sun" hostage. Commander Jansen and Captain Devers enlist Ryder’s assistance, aided begrudgingly by Jansen’s daughter Dr. Lea Jansen, to regain control of the ship.


"Quite possibly the worst science fiction/space adventure film made in English... Even the horrendously bad Shape Of Things To Come (1979) can't aspire to such depths of total putrescence. I speak of the notorious Made-In-South Africa Space Mutiny"
--Eccentric Cinema [cite web
title=MST3K: Space Mutiny *Eccentric Cinema, {Winner EW Best of Web 2007}
] [cite web
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"Space Mutiny" stars Reb Brown, Cissy Cameron, Cameron Mitchell and John Phillip Law. The spaceship effects were lifted wholly from the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV seriescite web
url =
title = Trivia: Noted on Mystery Science Theater 3000
publisher =
accessdate = 2008-10-05
] .The director of record has stated on his website that he was called away from set due tot a death in the family before filming began. Delegation resulted. Contractually he was apparently unable to get an Allen Smithee credit. [cite web
title= Davidwinters site
note= I was called away and delegated to the aiistant director
date= 2008-10-08
] . Some commentators began to compile rather large lists of continuity errors.Cite web
title= Douglas Milroy |date=2008-10-08
Video Cheese] The engineering areas of the ship were filmed in an industrial building with un-futuristic brick walls, windows and concrete floors, while the bridge looks remarkably like a vintage-1980s corporate office (non-shag, neutral carpeting; white particle board desks; computers with 16-color ANSI displays, including one with a 5¼ inch floppy disk drive as an ID card reader). Kalgan’s “torture chamber” set features contemporary computer keyboards inexplicably mounted on the walls. The characters tend to wear the silver or white lamé outfits that were common to science fiction/futurist productions of the time, whilst many of the female characters wear spandex leotards.Quote box | quote = 1) Sound in a vacuum
2) Space ship engines in constant burn mode
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The film’s notable flaws provided substantial material for later spoofing on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (see below). The engineering deck interiors include several shots of windows, which show sky beyond. In one scene, the camera passes by a bridge officer, Lt. Lemont, working at her computer console as an extra despite having been killed in the previous scene.cite web
url =
title = “Goofs for "Space Mutiny" (1988)”
work =
publisher = Internet Movie Database
accessdate = 2006-08-21
] One chase scene involves slow-moving Enforcer vehicles (inspiring the MST3K comment, "Put your helmet on! We'll be reaching speeds of "three!"), strongly resembling bowling-alley floor polishers, and the collision of two of these vehicles produces an extraordinary explosion for such small craft. The scene is further undermined by the intense sunlight streaming into the corridor—far more sunlight than one would see on a space ship traveling between the stars.

Mirroring the romantic relationship of Brown and Cameron's characters, the actors themselves were married sometime after the film was finished.

It is noted that the soundtrack sounds remarkably similar to the Depeche Mode song, "Enjoy the Silence", using synthesizers to replicate choir.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000"

Nine years after its initial release, "Space Mutiny" was lampooned in a November 1997 episode of movie-mocking television comedy series "Mystery Science Theater 3000" {MST3K). The movie’s editing flaws, stilted dialog, and poor production lent itself well to the "MST3K" treatment, and it has repeatedly proved to be one of the most popular episodes, released as part of the "MST3K DVD Collection, Vol. 4" from Rhino Entertainment.cite web
url =
title = “The MST3K DVD List”
publisher = Satellite News
accessdate = 2006-08-21

Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo's arsenal of jokes include poking fun at Commander Jansen's resemblance to Santa Claus and God, Captain Devers resemblance to Sting, and to the obvious fact that the actress playing Lea is much older than her character is meant to be (they refer to her as Jansen's "Grandma-daughter") The film's numerous battles feature casualties that fall over railings as they die, so Mike and The Bots often reference them as "railing kills" (Prompting Tom to fill the 'Satellite of Love' with railings). Many of the Enforcers are portrayed as homosexual, and two were compared to The Oak Ridge Boys while another was repeatedly mocked for his Ed Grimley-like hairstyle. They also make up numerous fake bodybuilder names for the muscular hero Ryder, including, among others, Slab Bulkhead, Fridge Largemeat, Bolt van der Huge, Stump Beefknob, Crud Bonemeal, Crunch Buttsteak, Blast Hardcheese, Gristle McThornbody, Big McLargeHuge, Buff Drinklots, Bob Johnson (accidentally), Punch Rockgroin, and Roll Fizzlebeef, and make fun of the way he screams. Kalgan's frequent maniacal laughter is also a source of entertainment, as is the lobster-red armor his bodyguard wears.

Two actors featured in the film made appearances in other films that were featured on the show. John Phillip Law, who appeared in this movie as the villain Elijah Kalgan, also starred in "", which was featured in the series finale. Cameron Mitchell, who played Commander Jansen, also appeared in another "MST3K" episode, season three's "Stranded in Space". He is not the only member of the Mitchell family to be involved in "Space Mutiny"; his daughter Camille Mitchell provided the voice for Jennara, the lead Bellarian; his son Chip Mitchell played Blake, a mustachioed member of Kalgan’s crew (in an early scene he is shown apologizing because "the information’s so scanty").

Despite comments made during the "MST3K" episode, in which Servo states that this movie is very good at "tossing Canadians around" and that the movie is "rife with the stench of back-bacon", the movie was not made in Canada, but rather in South Africa during the apartheid period. The accents of several characters are due to this. The only black person on screen is one of the bodies 'on ice'.

Some ten minutes of footage were cut from "Space Mutiny" for its use on "MST3K". Much of the edited footage featured space battle scenes taken from the original television series of "Battlestar Galactica". [cite book
title= An Analytical Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica: An Episode Guide and Analysis of the 1978 Science Fiction Television Series and Its Short Lived Sequel, "Galactica: 1980"
first= John Kenneth
last= Muir
publisher= McFarland
origyear 1999
isbn= 0786404418
pages= p146
chapter= In 1997, Mike, Crow and Servo watched Space Mutiny
] The version of the film featured in the episode was, in essence, consistent with the full version; the discontinuities apparent in the episode were all present in the 1988 film.

"MST3K" viewers found it odd that Mike Nelson and the 'bots did not comment on the reused "Battlestar Galactica" footage. Best Brains writer Paul Chaplin acknowledged the omission, but did not provide an explanation.cite web
last = Chaplin
first = Paul
url =
title = “Episode 820—Space Mutiny”
work = The Amazing Colossal Transplanted Sci-Fi Channel Episode Guide
publisher = Satellite News
accessdate = 2006-08-21
] Notably, the episode featuring the film "Future War" included a joke related to "Battlestar Galactica", indicating that the writers had some knowledge of the show.

Mike makes a reference to Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who set himself on fire in protest of the South Vietnamese government's treatment of Buddhists. At one point in the movie, Ryder fires a laser bazooka at Kalgan, but hits one of his henchmen, setting him on fire. When Kalgan kicks the man out of his way, Mike screams, "Stupid Buddhist monk! The Vietnam War's been over for hundreds of years!"

Mike and the Bots also mock the fact that a character killed on screen blatantly shows up as an extra in later scenes (see above).

Best Brains, Inc, the producers of MST3k, market a "Space Mutiny" T-shirt, commemorating this film on their website [ [ Mystery Science 3000 Website] ] .

Notable cast

* Reb Brown—Dave Ryder
* John Phillip Law—Flight Commander Elijah Kalgan
* Cameron Mitchell—Commander Alex Jansen
* Cisse Cameron—Dr. Lea Jansen
* James Ryan—Chief Engineer MacPhearson
* Graham Clark—Captain Scott Devers
* Billy Second—Lieutenant Lemont
* Gary D. Sweeney—Ranger

ee Also

*List of David Winters Productions


External links

* cite web
title=Youtube search for space mutiny

* cite web
url =
title = “Trivia for "Space Mutiny" (1988)”
publisher = Internet Movie Database
accessdate = 2006-08-21

* [ "Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt"] on Space Mutiny

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