Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

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John Travolta stars as TerlForest Whitaker co-stars as KerLouie Anderson and Jay Leno at event of Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000Director Roger ChristianBarry Pepper stars as Jonnie Goodboy TylerTerl & Jonnie

After enslavement & near extermination by an alien race in the year 3000, humanity begins to fight back.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 2.4/10 (45,926 voted)

Critic's Score: 9/100

Director: Roger Christian

Stars: John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper

In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlo's, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the seductive and powerful Terl, the Psychlo's are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has descended into a near 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.

Writers: Corey Mandell, J.D. Shapiro

John Travolta - Terl
Barry Pepper - Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
Forest Whitaker - Ker
Kim Coates - Carlo
Sabine Karsenti - Chrissy
Michael Byrne - Parson Staffer
Christian Tessier - Mickey
Sylvain Landry - Sammy
Richard Tyson - Robert the Fox
Christopher Freeman - Processing Clerk
John Topor - Processing Clerk / One-Eyed Guard / Teleportation Supervisor
Shaun Austin-Olsen - Planetship
Tim Post - Assistant Planetship / Psychlo Guard
Earl Pastko - Bartender
Michel Perron - Rock

Taglines: Prepare to go Psychlo


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Release Date: 12 May 2000

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,548,898 (USA) (14 May 2000) (3307 Screens)

Gross: $21,471,685 (USA) (16 July 2000)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (video version)  | South Korea:

Did You Know?

When the book was first written, John Travolta wanted to make the movie, and star as Johnny Goodboy, the young hero, however he could get no investors to back him. By the time the movie was made he was too old to play the part of the hero and, instead, opted to play the part of the villain, Terl.

Plot holes: 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.

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
Terl: It's a joke, oh thank you sir. I don't know if I could have kept my sanity being here another 5 cycles
Zete: We've decided to keep you here another 50 cycles... with endless options for renewal.

User Review

One of the greatest sci fi comedies ever made!

Rating: 1/10

My spouse and I went to see this on opening night. We were expecting to see an extremely bad and costly film, and we were not really disappointed. It is a testament to John Travolta's genius that his career survived this disaster at all.

As they say, garbage-in, garbage out. Start with an L Ron Hubbard novel (your first mistake) featuring a completely plagiarized dark-skinned, war-like and hairy alien culture with wrinkly foreheads (if this sounds like Klingons to you, I thought so too!), and add unfortunate Barry "can't get a break" (or maybe it should be 'cant pick a script') Pepper and all you need is Travolta himself - playing the arrogant, merciless, slightly effeminate and quite under-sized leader of the alien colonists. Remove any hint of character development from the script and use the worst of the worst black box technobabble explanations for plot devices. Finally, stay true to the idiotic gibberish you based the film on in the first place, and you've got the makings of a rolling-on-the-floor comedy.

In fact, opening night, in a packed theater, people started laughing out loud about 20 minutes into the film and never really stopped. We had a great time that night. Halfway through the film more than half the crowd was actually interacting with the film, asking "Mr Worf, where's Commander Riker?" and asking troublesome questions about how many hundreds of years gas would remain viable in the gas-tank of a Harrier.

If you need to know about the plot - it's this simple - Earth has been conquered by an amazingly stupid group of Klingon-like aliens, and the remaining humans live in a large domed slave labor camp where they are taught that their sole purpose is servitude because they are stupid, weak, etc. Barry Pepper somehow becomes convinced that he's not born to be a slave, and learns to fly a harrier, etc. It's really not worth the effort of typing. There are a few not-so-subtle and not very original but good messages about ethnocentrism to be found here, but not much else. Some day when you need a good laugh, rent this or borrow it from your local bad film collector.


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