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Battlefield Earth (2000)

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It's the year 3000 A.D.; the Earth is lost to the alien race of Psychlos. Humanity is enslaved by these gold-thirsty tyrants, whom are unaware that their 'man-animals' are about to ignite the rebellion of a lifetime.


Roger Christian


Corey Mandell (screenplay), J.D. Shapiro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Terl
Barry Pepper ... Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
Forest Whitaker ... Ker
Kim Coates ... Carlo
Sabine Karsenti ... Chrissy
Michael Byrne ... Parson Staffer
Christian Tessier Christian Tessier ... Mickey
Sylvain Landry Sylvain Landry ... Sammy
Richard Tyson ... Robert the Fox
Christopher Freeman Christopher Freeman ... Processing Clerk
John Topor John Topor ... Processing Clerk / One-Eyed Guard / Teleportation Supervisor
Shaun Austin-Olsen Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Planetship
Tim Post ... Assistant Planetship / Psychlo Guard
Earl Pastko Earl Pastko ... Bartender
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Rock


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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Take Back The Planet See more »

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) See more »

Also Known As:

Battlefield Earth See more »


Box Office


$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,548,898, 14 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,471,685, 16 July 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.D. Shapiro admitted that he got involved at first because he read that the Scientology centre was "a great place to pick up women", and it snowballed from there. See more »


Many of the human males apparently were able to shave everyday or so, since few had beards. See more »


Bartender: When the best security chief this planet ever had is leaving, the least I can do is buy him a pan of Kerbango on the house. Of course, I'm sure our little argeement is still in effect. Now that you're leaving, that unfortunate little incident won't somehow magically appear in my file.
Terl: Of course not. I'm a Psychlo of my word.
Bartender: Because I've always told you everything I've overheard in here.
Terl: Yeah, and your information has often proved to be quite useful.
Bartender: We know how they overreact back in home ...
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Plot holes like Swiss Cheese!
1 January 2011 | by AshenGreySee all my reviews

Lemme get this straight: This is a post-apocalyptic film that takes place a thousand years after an alien race conquers Earth. Well, I noticed a few plot holes in this film.

-- After 1,000 years, there is apparently no linguistic drift whatsoever. Johnny Tyler can pick up a book published in the year 2001 and read it just fine. Let's see, the King James Bible was written only a few hundred years ago and is nearly unintelligible due to linguistic drift.

-- Books don't have thousand-year shelf lives. If you go to the Smithsonian, you'll find the curators go to extreme measures to protect documents that are only 200 years old.

-- Are we really supposed to believe that stone-age barbarians can learn to fly fighter jets in just one week? It takes professional pilots years of training.

-- Jet fuel does not remain stable for a thousand years. Most of the plastic components in the jest would have become brittle. The battery packs in the jets would have become unusable. The tires would have gone flat and the rubber would have disintegrated.

-- I seriously doubt that our planet actually has enough elemental Gold that a high-tech invading civilization would still be mining it after 1,000 years. They probably would have packed up long ago.

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