Battlefield Earth - A Saga of the Year 3000 2000

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It's the year 3000 and Earth and its primitive humans are dominated by the alien Psychos. Led by powerful Terl, they're stripping the planet of its resources. When young Tyler leaves his desolate home to discover the truth, Terl captures and enslaves him. Allowed to mine gold, he decides to fight back.

Starring:
John Travolta, Barry Pepper
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

Battlefield Earth - A Saga of the Year 3000

Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Roger Christian
Starring John Travolta, Barry Pepper
Supporting actors Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, Richard Tyson, Sabine Karsenti, Kelly Preston, Michael Byrne, Christian Tessier, Jim Meskimen
Studio STUDIOCANAL
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.5 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Hood-Fredriksen on 10 July 2011
Format: DVD
Let me be clear. This film is AWFUL - bad acting (from good actors), lousy plot etc. However, it is, in some ways, so bad it's good, if you want to watch something at which you can just laugh (and cringe). Personally, I'm not much for laughing/cringing at how bad something is, but I do know a few people who own it for this purpose.
I don't think I could improve on a review given by Mark Bourne on DVDJournal.com (and found on Rottentomatoes.com): "Watching Battlefield Earth is to a movie-watching experience what having a yeast infection is to having sex."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By _d_u_d_e_ on 16 Aug 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Once I regressed my brain back to the stage of development it was when I was 12 years old - when I wasn't as jaded as I am as an adult - then with a giant bowl of popcorn and critical-thinking skills appropriately suspended, this movie was pretty enteraining.

And that's the key word. "Entertainment". This movie does not bill itself as an academic art film that its makers expected would be dissected and analyzed by pretentious stuck-up film students. I watched it in the spirit in which it was intended to be watched. From that mind set, it ain't half bad.

If you're looking for Laurence Olivier-quality "ACT-I-I-I-N-N-N-G!!!!" (in my best Jon Lovitz impersonation)...then this ain't for you.

Make no mistake. I'm most definately not a Scientologist. No M'am! In fact you couldn't find a more hard-core non-believer of organized group-think dogma, than moi.

But the story this movie tells is no more unbelievable, no more illogical, no more fantastical than the stories told in the bible or the quran or of any of the other popular more main-stream cults out there.

So to all you wannabe film critics out there that take themselves too seriously: Chill the f**k out! You might enjoy life more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Kelly on 4 April 2011
Format: DVD
I began to watch this out of morbid curiosity but much look like watching a car crash I couldn't look away. It is truly baffling, seriously it is hard to get your head round how absurdly bad every element of this film is. The ridiculous camera angles, every shot is angled, every shot is tinted with blue or green, an incredible overuse of slow motion, what were they thinking? Everyone who was involved in this, what were you thinking? The costumes look ridiculous, laughable- they look like what they are, men wearing wigs, they look like joke rasta wigs. The script is unbelievably poor, the acting is dire- Travolta gives a bafflingly bad, hammy performance that cannot be criticised enough. The whole concept is terrible, not surprising given the source material- these aliens talk about hell, what? I mean... what? This film is retarded. It is an unintentional comedy, I actually enjoyed watching (once and just this once) because I found it genuinely hilarious from beginning to end. The atrociousness of this film is not overly hyped, it is ridiculous, absolutely beyond ridiculous. I recommend you watch it, seriously, it gave me so many belly laughs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Battlefield Earth (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Studio: Studiocanal
Running Time: 113 minutes

Please Note:This DVD release restores the Terl headbutt scene which was omitted by the Warner Bros edition).

Cast.
John Travolta as Terl
Barry Pepper as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
Forest Whitaker as Ker
Kim Coates as Carlo
Sabine Karsenti as Chrissy
Richard Tyson as Robert the Fox
Kelly Preston as Chirk
Michael MacRae as District Manager Zete
Shaun Austin-Olsen as Planetship Numph
Tim Post as the Assistant Planetship
Michael Byrne as Parson Staffer
Christian Tessier as Mickey
Sylvain Landry as Sammy
Earl Pastko as the Bartender
NoŽl Burton as the Clinko Learning Instructor

Box Office.
Budget $73 million
Box Office Gross $29,725,663

Trivia.
1)Forest Whitaker expressed his regret for participating in this movie (I don't blame him).
2)The original plans called for a sequel to be produced, which would be based on second half of the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. These plans were scrapped due to the poor critical & public reaction to this film.
3)Listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in "The Official Razzie Movie Guide", by Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson.
4)Barry Pepper said that had he known he was going to win Worst Supporting Actor at the Razzies, he would have shown up to accept his award in person.
5)Author L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the controversial Church of Scientology, to which John Travolta & Kelly Preston belong.
6)The film covers only the first half of the L. Ron Hubbard book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gururob on 31 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
I know that Travolta doesn't seem able (or willing) to say no to dodgy films and, having read some, I know that the works of L. Ron Hubbard are approximately 90% filler and 9% rubbish, however, I still watched this film with an air of hopeful anticipation.
Unfortunately, from the first few minutes I knew we weren't in for anything approaching mediocre.
The script was stilted nonsense, the plot hackneyed, the aliens (though evil enough) were caricatures and the effects cheap.

Overall, I'd say that, if you have a couple of hours with absolutely nothing to do, you could do worse that watch this. If you have a toilet to clean then you'd be better off doing that.
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