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Battlefield Earth (2000)

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

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Storyline

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

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12 May 2000 (USA)  »

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$73,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$21,471,685 (USA) (14 July 2000)
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A "Battlefield Earth 2" was planned and was set for a 2003 release, so it could not compete with Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) with John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker returning in their roles. However, the film was a box-office disaster and the planned sequel was abandoned. See more »

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In the remains of Denver, ruined for 1000 years, Johnnie finds books in good condition despite being in the open air, cars with still-pressurized tires and wrecked buildings with completely intact plate glass windows. See more »

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Terl: Who is responsible for allowing this man-animal to run around unsupervised?
Psychlo: The man-animal shot the wrangler, sir.
Terl: I'm a little pressed for time, why don't you save the going-away jokes for later!
Psychlo: No joke, sir, I swear. The man-animal somehow got a hold of his gun.
Terl: Really? Show me.
[he takes the gun and hands it to Jonnie]
Terl: Reach for the gun.
Psychlo: But sir, I might get shot.
Terl: Sure, you might. And I might suddenly grew a third arm!
Psychlo: But sir, I swear it shot the wrangler!
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What were they thinking???
3 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Actually, was anyone involved with this total disaster thinking at all? My personal guess: no, and if they were, I'd rather not know about what.

None of the reviews have done BE justice. Having heard what a start to finish mess this was, my brother and I decided to watch it, just for fun. It was horrible beyond all our expectations - and not in a fun way. And so I can now tell anyone who's interested: You must see this movie yourself to realize the sheer magnitude of its badness, stupidity, and ineptitude.

I've heard that BE cost about 70 million dollars to make - though how anyone could have greenlighted it is a great mystery. Since there was nothing on screen to indicate why it had cost that much, my brother and I have also worked out how the budget was allocated:

* Travolta's salary, plus assorted managers and hangers on: 40 million.

* Special effects, film, sets, costumes, makeup and hair extensions: 25 million.

* all other salaries: $4,999,888.

* script: $112 and change.

Though that still doesn't begin to explain the end result. I give up. I'll never understand how Travolta managed to get BE made, or released, for that matter. Why is he tanking his career again? Who knows? After this, why should anyone care? Ah, well. I hope he finds something better to act in in the future; I honestly can't see how he could come up with something worse.

I never thought I'd give anything a 1, but this is indeed as worthy a candidate as I've ever seen. So, * is my vote, and I'd rate it lower if it were possible. Just... incredible. Watch and learn.


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