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Battlefield Earth (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  12 May 2000 (USA)
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After enslavement & near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Parson Staffer
Christian Tessier ...
Sylvain Landry ...
Christopher Freeman ...
Processing Clerk
John Topor ...
Processing Clerk / One-Eyed Guard / Teleportation Supervisor
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Assistant Planetship / Psychlo Guard
Earl Pastko ...
Michel Perron ...


In the year 3000, humanity is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the seductive and powerful Terl, the Psychlos are stripping Earth of its resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has reverted to a primitive state, believing the invaders to be demons and technology to be evil. After humanity has all but given up any hope of freeing themselves from alien oppression, a young man named Tyler decides to leave his desolate home high in the Rocky Mountains to discover the truth, whereupon he is captured and enslaved. It is then that he decides to fight back, leading his fellow man in one final struggle for freedom. Written by Cheeseycom

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Battlefield Earth  »

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Box Office


$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,548,898 (USA) (12 May 2000)


ESP 258,210,904 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was reported to have been the most expensive production shot in Canada up to that point. It was also reported that the production costs would have been twice as high had the film been shot in the United States. See more »


In a few shots inside of the Psychlo Dome, blue sky is visible at the top of the frame where the dome roof should be visible. See more »


Zete: Home office is well aware of your academic achievements and obvious talents. That's why we decided not to keep you here for another 5 cycles
Ker: It's a joke!
Terl: Oh, thank you sir. I don't know if I could have kept my sanity being here for another 5 cycles
Zete: We've decided to keep you here for another 50 cycles. With endless options for renewal.
Zete: [echoes]
Zete: [laughs maniacally]
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The Critics Are Right
12 August 2002 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

What a bad film this is. I thought the critics were exaggerating when they said how bad it was but they weren`t BATTLEFIELD EARTH is one of the worst films released by a major Hollywood studio. It`s badly directed , badly cast ( Barry Pepper as Jonnie makes for one of the least impressive screen hero`s ever seen . Maybe Travolta should have stuck to his guns and played Jonnie . He perhaps would have been slightly too old for the part but at least he does have some charisma unlike Pepper) and has one of the worst scripts ever written. An alien race called Psychlos , sounds just like psychos , I bet they `re really evil and cruel . Oh they are evil and cruel just like psychos . Why do they think rats are the favourite food of humans when it`s the only thing they`ve seen humans eat ? And why do they think " Rat brains " is an insult to humans ? especially when they consider the " man animals " to be a primitive species . And am I alone in finding the term " Man animals " irritating ? Surely it should be " Manimals " ? A far sharper and clever expression . But sharp and clever is no way to describe this script . Cities stand almost intact after a thousand years since the collapse of human civilisation ! Not only that but so do large amounts of firearms , ammo and Harrier jump jets , and a flight simulator for the jump jets where the humans learn to fly within a week , and no doubt they`ll learn what petrol is and learn to put it in the jets in order to fly them . Does this sound very likely to you ? Let me put it this way: Go into a time machine and go back to the biblical times , capture a few dozen people , bring them back to the present and get them to become fighter pilots within the week. Do you think they`d be any good flying planes and shooting down enemy forces ? Me neither . Do you think they could overthrow a superior civilisation ? Me neither ? Do you think anyone involved with this film deserves to work again ? Me neither

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