Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

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Director: Roger Christian

Cast: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker

     
 

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This big-budget science fiction adventure centers on a final battle between good and evil for control of the world. In the year 3000, Earth is ruled by the Psyclos, a vicious alien race of which Terl (John Travolta) is a member, that has laid waste to the planet, killed the majority of the population, and stripped Earth of its valuable resources. Pockets of resistance… See more details below

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This big-budget science fiction adventure centers on a final battle between good and evil for control of the world. In the year 3000, Earth is ruled by the Psyclos, a vicious alien race of which Terl (John Travolta) is a member, that has laid waste to the planet, killed the majority of the population, and stripped Earth of its valuable resources. Pockets of resistance remain among the surviving humans; Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler (Barry Pepper) is one such rebel, living in hiding in the mountains near Boulder, CO. Eventually, Johnny begins organizing like-minded humans for a final stand against the Psyclos. The film is based on the novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction author also known as the founder of the Church of Scientology; it covers only the first half of the book, saving the remainder for a possible sequel. Battlefield Earth also stars Forest Whitaker, Kim Coates, and Kelly Preston.

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Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
In the year 3000, mankind will be an endangered species, according to the postapocalyptic premise of Battlefield Earth. Based on a novel by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the story foresees a bleak future in which the alien Psychlo race has colonized Earth for gold mining and knocked the human race down a few steps on the evolutionary ladder. The cave-dwelling "man-animals" of Earth are imprisoned for slave labor by Terl (John Travolta), a psychotic Psychlo, and his assistant Ker (Forest Whitaker); but one courageous man, Johnny "Goodboy" Tyler (The Green Mile's Barry Pepper) leads his fellow inmates in a revolution to reclaim their home and their freedom. Packed with obvious allusions to America's colonial history, the plot of Battlefield Earth is muddled and at times borders on ridiculous, but there is a cartoonish aura here -- mainly in Travolta's deliciously over-the-top performance -- that catapults the film into that wicked cult film territory of being so bad, it's almost good. Even more so than Travolta, the real star of the film is the production design. And why not? Director Roger Christian was nominated for his art direction for Alien and took home an Oscar for his set decoration on Star Wars. Battelfield Earth's DVD is filled to the digital brim with audio commentary by Christian and the film's production designer; three behind-the-scenes documentaries; makeup tests; and special hidden extras.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
UPC:
0085391856634
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Terl
Barry Pepper Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler
Forest Whitaker Ker
Kim Coates Carlo
Richard Tyson Robert the Fox
Sabine Karsenti Chrissie
Michael MacRae District Manager Zete
Michael Byrne Parson Staffer
Sean Hewitt Heywood
Michel Perron Rock
Shaun Austin-Olsen Planetship
Christian Tessier Mickey
Marie-Josée Croze Mara
Kelly Preston Chirk
Jim Meskimen Blythe

Technical Credits
Roger Christian Director
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Oana Bogdan Art Director
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Eric Gotthelf Sound/Sound Designer
James Holt Co-producer
Jonathan D. Krane Producer
Corey Mandell Screenwriter
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
Robin Russell Editor
Elie Samaha Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Tracee Stanley Co-producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Patrick Tatopoulos Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
John Travolta Producer
Joe Viskocil Special Effects

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