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Space Mutiny (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Romance | August 1988 (USA)
A pilot is the only hope to stop the mutiny of a spacecraft by its security crew, who plot to sell the crew of the ship into slavery.

Directors:

David Winters, Neal Sundstrom (co-director)

Writer:

David Winters (as Maria Danté)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reb Brown ... Dave Ryder
John Phillip Law ... Elijah Kalgan
James Ryan ... MacPhearson
Cameron Mitchell ... Alex Jansen
Cisse Cameron ... Lea Jansen
Graham Clarke ... Scott Devers (as Graham Clark)
Billy Second Billy Second ... Lt. Lemont
Rufus Swart Rufus Swart ... Steve Codell
Arthur Hall Arthur Hall ... Mortuary Keeper
Norman Anstey Norman Anstey ... Joseph Enforcer
Rick Skidmore Rick Skidmore ... Chief Engineer
Guy Pringle Guy Pringle ... Kalgan's Bodyguard
Claudia Jacobs Claudia Jacobs ... Female Lieutenant
Evan J. Klisser Evan J. Klisser ... Mohawk (as Even Klisser)
Cameron Mitchell Jr. Cameron Mitchell Jr. ... Blake (as Chip Mitchell)
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One of the funniest films featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the Emmy® Award nominated show's 11-year run, Space Mutiny is a hilariously bad sci-fi epic that's guaranteed to have you in stitches. Combine a wardrobe of spandex and tinfoil; a set boasting AstroTurf® and spray-painted floor buffers; and special effects that, well, aren't so special, and you've got one of the most hysterical cheeseball movies to ever come out of the '80s. Grab your friends and have a riot with this underground cult hit! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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There is nowhere to hide from the enemy within!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The sequences with the Bellerians were added in post-production after the initial cut of the movie came in too short. Neither David Winters nor Neal Sundstrom wanted to come back to direct the sequences, so David A. Prior was hired to direct them instead. See more »

Goofs

The laser Kalgan uses on Lea in the interrogation room appears in closeups, but disappears in long shots while in use. See more »

Quotes

Kalgan: I'm being undermined by my own disciples!
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Crazy Credits

Cisse Cameron receives an 'Introducing' credit during the opening credits (as Cissy Cameron) despite having appeared in numerous films and TV productions since 1971. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 4s for a '15' rating. See more »


Soundtracks

The Edge of a Dream
Written by Steve McClintock & Tim James
Vocals by Steve McClintock
Courtesy of McJames Music
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It would be sad if it weren't so pathetic.
28 September 2004 | by ptrschcklSee all my reviews

OK, folks! Don't worry, I won't be giving away anything important, although I don't think I could spoil this movie if I tried. So off we go...

As what sounds like Kintaro's arrangement of 'O Fortuna' wafts our way, we are subjected to the film's opening credits. They look like they were produced by a Commodore 64 and they freeze up more than once because there are too darned many moving objects on the screen.

Welcome to Battlestar Galactica-- I mean, the Southern Sun! This ship is home to an entire civilization, despite the fact that 90% of it appears to be a brewery. In charge of this magnificent flying basement is Captain Santa Claus, assisted by his Billy-Idol-wannabe sidekick. I've seen this movie at least a dozen times and still am not really sure what the plot is, but it has something to do with a greasy-haired guy named Kalgan trying to disrupt the transportation of a bunch of magical -- and (of course) extremely horny -- women. Santa puts our seemingly brain-damaged hero Ryder in charge of defeating Kalgan. Meanwhile Captain Santa's daughter Leah, who somehow doesn't seem much younger than the Captain himself, gets pretty chummy with Ryder. In the words of Crow T. Robot: "If you pretend you know what's going on, it's actually kind of exciting."

Watch and enjoy the following: Vacu-formed unitards, ridiculously small weapons, Santa's incredibly fake beard, tinfoil muu-muus, Kalgan's giggling fits, Ryder's bizarre reaction shots, a woman who punches in at work despite the fact that she was just murdered, Leah's sensual Dance of the Hoola Hoop, the most '80s bar scene EVER, women who reeeeeally like Van DeGraf Generators, countless shots of computer screens (graphics by Kenner), Ryder's attempt to say 'auxiliary', and numerous molasses-fast chase scenes involving golf carts... or floor waxers or something.

This movie is not campy; it's just that everything is wrong in all the right ways. Acting, sets, lighting, costumes, dialogue... they're all just plain goofy. These folks tried to make an exciting space-drama -- and maybe it would've been if they had dared to take ANYTHING up a notch -- but every aspect of it just says, "space movie" and nothing more.

If this movie was just plain bad, you might have to feel sad for the people that made it, thinking it would work. However, it makes such a leap into the ridiculous that you just have to laugh. A must-see for fans of so-bad-it's-good movies. And whether you love or hate sci-fi, this is a very funny movie.

I give it a 4 -- it may not affect you the way it's supposed to, but it's great entertainment.


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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutiny in Space See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$397,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,887
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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