Shad, a young farmer, assembles a band of diverse mercenaries in outer space to defend his peaceful planet from the evil tyrant Sador and his armada of aggressors. Among the mercenaries are Space Cowboy, a spacegoing truck driver from Earth; Gelt, a wealthy but experienced assassin looking for a place to hide; and Saint-Exmin, a Valkyrie warrior looking to prove herself in battle.Written by
Keith Loh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This was Roger Corman's most expensive feature up to that time, costing $2 million. Corman's production company, New World Pictures, was known for its low-budget adventure movies, but when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was released and set a new standard in genre movies, he realized he had to up his game. Most of the budget was spent on salaries for Robert Vaughn and George Peppard, who both had high asking prices. Corman approached several companies to do the special effects, but none could do it for less than the entire $2 million production budget. Corman then decided to create his own in-house special effects department, which would employ a young James Cameron. See more »
When Dr. Hephaestus tells Shad "when you're in my station, you're in my presence", the hand of the actor can be seen through a small opening in the enclosure. Since it's implied that Dr. Hephaestus has replaced his entire body with cybernetics, he shouldn't have any hands. See more »
Forms must prey on other forms to survive.
That's not what the Varda teach us. We prey on no one.
Your planet is doomed and I have other plans for you.
This station was built for many. It remains a hollow and lonely place. You've met my daughter.
Yes. Wait a minute. Y... you don't mean... that you want me to... breed with your daughter?
It seems a better fate than that offered by the Malmori, does it not?
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In the original ending a faction of pacifists leave Akir, feeling that their society has now become part of the violent universe. The sequence was scrapped after the fx shop delivered poor shots of their spaceships departing from the planet. See more »
When Battlefield Earth is released on video, watch it back to back with this film.
I really enjoy these types of films. When they work it's because of their sheer flamboyance. They aren't afraid to steal from any source, EVERYTHING goes into the pot as long as it's got sparkle, splash, and action. This particular film works real well and I absolutely fell for it when I heard a phrase of music lifted directly from "Alexander Nevsky". It's pure, simple (repeat, simple) fun. The producers of "Battlefield Earth" could have learned something about making entertaining SF movies from repeated viewings of "Battle Beyond the Stars."
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