Space Mutiny Trivia and Quotes


  • Space Mutiny is also called Mutiny in Space, and has a poster.(pictured)
  • All space-battle special effects footage is from the 1978 TV series, Battlestar Galactica.
  • It was filmed in South Africa.
  • Due to a death in the family, the main director, David Winters was replaced by Neal Sundstrom early in the filming.
  • The main action sequences were filmed in an old factory, as they appear to be. The cinemotographer, Vincent G. Fox, originally used a red-orange color filter to make the sunlight appear as part of the ship's reactor. The film processing lab corrected to color back to normal, ruining the effect.
  • The Bellerian sequences were added post production when the initial cut of the film was determined to be too short. David A. Prior was hired to direct them.
  • The final result was such a disappointment, David Winters wanted his name to be listed as Alan Smithee, but his contract would not allow it. Alan Smithee is a pseudonym used by directors who wish to disown the project.
  • Neal Sundstrom was also displeased with the result, blaming a lack of care and attention in preproduction. He refused to be credited with anything more than co-director.
  • Reb Brown who played David Ryder, and Cisse Cameron, who played Lea Jansen are married in real life. Some sources say the met on the set of Space Mutiny, others say the have been married since 1979.
  • The Space Mutiny episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 was Season 8, Episode 20.
  • The doomed Professor Spooner, who dies in Ryder's ship explosion was from, Coriolis. The Coriolis force is a physics term; an effect whereby a mass moving in a rotating system experiences a force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation.
  • Could this movie have been inspired by Heinlein's Orphans of the Sky? The premise is a generation ship called Vanguard, originally destined for "Far Centaurus", is cruising without guidance through space as a result of a long-ago mutiny that killed most of the officers. Might this be a "what if" of the mutiny being quelled?

Corona Borealis, or the Northern Crown, is a real constellation in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere. One of the stars is named Alphecca, I assume this is what the pirate fleet is named after. Alphecca is the the brightest star in the constilation, also known as Alpha Coronae Borealis, and is located 75 light years from us.

Another "star", Abell 2065, in this constellation is a galaxy cluster of over 400 galaxies, located 1 billion light years from us. Yet another star, T Coronae Borealis, is a recurrent nova and is located 2,000 light years from us.

So, as you can see, the constellation does not actually exist in real space as these objects are not anywhere near each other. Also, The Southern Sun was only on a 10 light year journey, and could not possibly have gotten close to the stars in this "constellation".

Another perfect example of bad science fiction cliché.

The song that plays during the ending credits is, "The Edge of a Dream" by Steven McClintock.

Memorable quotes:


"It was cruel fate to be born in space, but I have vowed we will not die here. It is my destiny to set my feet upon a real world to accumulate wealth and power beyond our wildest dreams. I have offered the people of the Southern Sun a rich, new life, and now they have no alternative but to accept my generosity and alter course for Corona Borealis."

"Take that, you space bitch!"

"You meddling fool!"

"I'm being undermined by my own disciples!"


"Surrender, or be blown to astro-dust!"


"It's true, we have the power to do this. But this would directly oppose the law of the universe, the law of the galaxy."

Capt. Devers:

"Whoever did this knows his way around spaceships."

Cmdr. Jansen:

"I think they want to drive us into the neighboring constellation."

Character/ship names

  • Could the name Lea be a reference to Princess Leia in Star Wars?
  • Is it possible the name Kalgan is an Asimov reference? Kalgan is a planet in Isaac Asimov's science-fiction novels Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation?
  • Is the name Devers also an Asimov reference? Lathan Devers was a character in Foundation and Empire.
  • Southern Sun Resorts is a South African hotel company.
  • Ranger- Star Rangers is a 1953 science fiction novel by Andre Norton. Connection?
  • Stingray Squadron- Battlestar Galactica had Viper and Raptor Squadrons, Stingray probably wasn't hard to come up with.
  • Bellarian- Latin word that can mean, beautiful or, a confection or dessert.

The Space Mutiny "Birth" chart of the opening night premiere.

August 1, 1988, USA

War of the Robots, also riffed by MST3K, is almost as satisfyingly bad as Space Mutiny. Its sister movie, Cosmos: War of the Planets is also highly recommended.