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  • 12
  • Action, Sci-Fi
  • 2000
  • 121 mins

Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

Synopsis

The Earth has been captured by nine foot dreadlocked aliens in leather and stack heels. They want gold! Only one man can stop them - Jonnie the caveman

About

John Travolta flushed all the credibility he gained from Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty right round the u-bend with this critically reviled flop.

The renowned Scientologist claims this pet project arose from his genuine love of the story, not because the novel was written by L Ron Hubbard, his church's founder.

It's the year 3000. The Earth is ruled by the Psychlos, intergalactic strip-miners. Travolta plays Terl, their cackling, nastier-than-thou leader. Humanity is on the verge of extinction, barely surviving in stinking stone age communities or slaving in the mines. However, one man, Jonnie, has other ideas. With the aid of a gang of liberated crusties he fights back.

Battlefield Earth is a Plan Nine From Outer Space for the new millennium. Though some of the special effects are passable, the script is ludicrous and offensively illogical, and the acting, understandably, smacks of desperation. The overriding impression, however, is of boredom, and the public stayed away in droves.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Barry Pepper, Richard Tyson, Michael Byrne, Kim Coates, John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Sabine Karsenti
  • Director: Roger Christian
  • Writer: Corey Mandell, J David Shapiro, L Ron Hubbard
  • Producer: Jonathan D Krane, Elie Samaha, Tracee Stanley, John Travolta
  • Photographer: Giles Nuttgens
  • Composer: Elia Cmiral

In a nutshell

Undeterred, Travolta is now rumoured to be planning part two.

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