History Trivia / BattlefieldEarth

12th Apr '17 7:01:58 PM gjjones
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** Travolta asked Creator/QuentinTarantino to direct, but he declined. ([[http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/13709/the-den-of-geek-interview-roger-christian-part-3 he still attended the premiere, and had positive remarks to Roger Christian]])
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* This movie won the Worst Picture [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie for 2000]] (it's the second Worst Picture Award for a Warner Bros. film in a row after the previous year's ''Film/WildWildWest'') and earned the "Worst Drama of our first 25 Years" Razzie in 2005 and the "Worst Picture of the Decade" Razzie in 2010.

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** Travolta asked Creator/QuentinTarantino to direct, but he declined. ([[http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/13709/the-den-of-geek-interview-roger-christian-part-3 he still attended the premiere, and had positive remarks to Roger Christian]])
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* This movie won the Worst Picture [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie for 2000]] (it's the second Worst Picture Award for a Warner Bros. film in a row after the previous year's ''Film/WildWildWest'') and earned the "Worst Drama of our first 25 Years" Razzie in 2005 and the "Worst Picture of the Decade" Razzie in 2010.
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8th Apr '17 1:46:03 AM IncredibleFulk1
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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', but he would not get involved with another sci-fi film until 2010 and would not get a part in a critically acclaimed sci-fi film until 2016 with ''Film/{{Arrival}}''

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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', but he would not get involved with another sci-fi film until 2010 and would not get a part in a critically acclaimed sci-fi film until 2016 with ''Film/{{Arrival}}''
8th Apr '17 1:44:21 AM IncredibleFulk1
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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', but he would not get involved with another sci-fi film until 2010 and would not get a part in a critically acclaimed sci-fi film until 2016 with ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' and ''Film/RogueOne: A Franchise/StarWars Story''.

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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', but he would not get involved with another sci-fi film until 2010 and would not get a part in a critically acclaimed sci-fi film until 2016 with ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' and ''Film/RogueOne: A Franchise/StarWars Story''.
30th Mar '17 7:07:01 PM igordebraga
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** Travolta asked Creator/QuentinTarantino to direct, but he declined.

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** Travolta asked Creator/QuentinTarantino to direct, but he declined. ([[http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/13709/the-den-of-geek-interview-roger-christian-part-3 he still attended the premiere, and had positive remarks to Roger Christian]])
12th Feb '17 8:54:32 AM AnotherGuy
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** Travolta had wanted to make TheFilmOfTheBook since the latter was published in 1982, but he wanted to star as the rebellious human Jonnie. By the time he got funding, he decided he was too old to fit the role (one of precious few good judgments the production made).

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** Travolta had wanted to make TheFilmOfTheBook since the latter was published in 1982, but [[TheOtherMarty he wanted to star as the rebellious human Jonnie.Jonnie]]. By the time he got funding, he decided he was too old to fit the role (one of precious few good judgments the production made).
12th Jan '17 4:20:38 PM jameygamer
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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.

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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland'', but he would not get involved with another sci-fi film until 2010 and would not get a part in a critically acclaimed sci-fi film until 2016 with ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' and ''Film/RogueOne: A Franchise/StarWars Story''.
15th Oct '16 3:31:31 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* JustPlaneWrong: Oh, so many examples. Nothing should be working after about a millennium; it takes years, not weeks, to learn to fly one; none of them has flight suits and yet they're all stunt dogfighter material. On the positive side, they ''do'' mention that Harrier jets can hover.
** Harriers are so unreliable that it is almost ridiculous to suggest they can even be repaired.



* OldShame: Forest Whitaker has apologized for his involvement in the film, as has co-writer J.D. Shapiro. For that matter, you could probably say: "Everyone who did anything for this movie except John Travolta."

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* OldShame: Forest Whitaker Creator/ForestWhitaker has apologized for his involvement in the film, as has co-writer J.D. Shapiro. For that matter, you could probably say: "Everyone who did anything for this movie except John Travolta."



* ReCut: The version on VHS and DVD removes a few scenes, adds a scene of the heroes discovering the instructions for the nuclear warhead, and the opening crawl that states the bloody obvious. The versions aired on TV are the original theatrical cut. For those scenes, see DeletedScene.



* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Forest Whitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.

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* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Forest Whitaker Creator/ForestWhitaker would eventually bounce back with ''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.



* TroubledProduction: The film took almost 20 years to finally get to the big screen. L. Ron Hubbard intended for the book to be turned into a movie from the moment he had it finished. When Hubbard died, Creator/JohnTravolta started trying to get it made into a film. It wouldn't be until he had a CareerResurrection in ''Film/PulpFiction'' that he had enough star power to convince anyone to touch it. He started putting even more effort in 1995 and it took another 4 years for the film to be greenlit. When filming began, the production team had to move from the U.S. to Canada in order to keep costs down. Even then, the budget ended up ballooning to the point where it became the most expensive film to ever be shot in Canada. Travolta's makeup proved to be challenging for the actor. Production ended up taking so long that Travolta had to cancel 2 other roles in order to finish ''Battlefield''. Right before the film was set to release, a version of the screenplay was leaked and retitled online. Reviews for the screenplay were scathing, pretty much ensuring the film to be the complete commercial disaster that it was. Travolta's career arguably hasn't recovered since.



* WagTheDirector: The DVDCommentary makes it clear that Travolta, not Roger Christian, was in the driver's seat. Considering his status as driving force behind the project and probable writer of the script though, perhaps the wonder is that he wasn't ''actually'' the director.

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* WagTheDirector: The DVDCommentary makes it clear that Travolta, Creator/JohnTravolta, not Roger Christian, was in the driver's seat. Considering his status as driving force behind the project and probable writer of the script though, perhaps the wonder is that he wasn't ''actually'' the director.



** Travolta had both a sequel and an [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] planned even before the film was released.

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** Travolta Creator/JohnTravolta had both a sequel and an [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] planned even before the film was released.


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** Travolta asked Creator/QuentinTarantino to direct, but he declined.
18th Sep '16 11:37:02 AM jameygamer
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* This movie won the Worst Picture [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie for 2000]] and earned the "Worst Drama of our first 25 Years" Razzie in 2005 and the "Worst Picture of the Decade" Razzie in 2010.

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* This movie won the Worst Picture [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie for 2000]] (it's the second Worst Picture Award for a Warner Bros. film in a row after the previous year's ''Film/WildWildWest'') and earned the "Worst Drama of our first 25 Years" Razzie in 2005 and the "Worst Picture of the Decade" Razzie in 2010.
14th Sep '16 1:24:11 PM jameygamer
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* This movie won the Worst Picture [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie for 2000]] and earned the "Worst Drama of our first 25 Years" Razzie in 2005 and the "Worst Picture of the Decade" Razzie in 2010.
19th Aug '16 9:02:11 AM BananaPancakes
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* AllMenArePerverts: Hilariously enough, Shapiro admits in [[http://www.avclub.com/article/apology-for-embattlefield-earthem-somehow-worse-th-39624 his apology letter]] 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.
* BillingDisplacement: The film was supposed to be about Jonny's quest to save Earth, but advertisements heavily focus on Travolta, who plays the antagonist Terl.
* BoxOfficeBomb: The film made $29.7 million on a budget of $44 million, not counting marketing or Franchise Pictures' embezzlement, which pushed it to $75 million.

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* AllMenArePerverts: Hilariously enough, J.D. Shapiro admits in [[http://www.avclub.com/article/apology-for-embattlefield-earthem-somehow-worse-th-39624 his apology letter]] 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.
* BillingDisplacement: The film was supposed to be about Jonny's Jonnie's quest to save Earth, but advertisements heavily focus on Travolta, Creator/JohnTravolta, who plays the antagonist Terl.
* BoxOfficeBomb: The film made $29.7 million $29,725,663 on a budget of $44 million, not counting marketing or Franchise Pictures' embezzlement, which pushed it to $75 million.



** J. D. Shapiro, the first screenwriter, ''openly apologized'' for this film, and even personally received the film's UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.
** Creator/BarryPepper (Jonny) said that had he known he was going to win the Worst Supporting Actor award at the Razzies, he would have shown up to accept his trophy in person, too.

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** J. D. Shapiro, the first original screenwriter, ''openly apologized'' for this film, and even personally received the film's UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward for Worst Movie of the Decade, 2000-2009.
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** Creator/BarryPepper (Jonny) said that had he known he was going to win the Worst Supporting Actor award at the 21st Razzies, he would have shown up to accept his trophy in person, too.



** Even the film's cinematographer has gone on record as saying that the overuse of color filters and Dutch angles wasn't his idea, and that he was given the smallest lighting budget he had ever worked with.
* CreatorKiller: In addition to the film grossly underperforming in all areas, the [[UpToEleven egregious]] case of HollywoodAccounting involved in the production led to Franchise Pictures being sued into bankruptcy. John Travolta's hopes of producing the sequel at all and having any creative input in future movies has also been given a handicap, and Roger Christian hasn't been a major director in cinema since 2000.

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** Even the film's cinematographer cinematographer, Giles Nuttgens, has gone on record as saying that the overuse of color filters and Dutch angles {{Dutch angle}}s wasn't his idea, and that he was given the smallest lighting budget he had ever worked with.
* CreatorKiller: In addition to the film grossly underperforming in all areas, the [[UpToEleven egregious]] case of HollywoodAccounting involved in the production led to Franchise Pictures being sued into bankruptcy. John Travolta's Creator/JohnTravolta's hopes of producing the sequel at all and having any creative input in future movies has also been given a handicap, and Roger Christian hasn't been a major director in cinema since 2000.



* DoingItForTheArt: The production could be seen as a Deconstruction of this trope. Travolta poured so much money, time and passion into a project that wound up being considered one of the worst films ever and turned him into a laughingstock.

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* DoingItForTheArt: The production could be seen as a Deconstruction of this trope. Travolta poured so much money, time time, and passion into a project that wound up being considered one of the worst films ever and turned him into a laughingstock.



** It's been pretty much stated that [[WagTheDirector John Travolta was in charge of everything]].

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** It's been pretty much stated that [[WagTheDirector John Travolta was in charge of everything]].everything.]]



** Before that, J.D. Shapiro, the first screenwriter was fired because the original studio (MGM) wanted to change his script too much (which he knew he would be a bad decision...). He [[CreatorBacklash practically disowned the film]], and even decided to accept his Razzies.
** This was the last movie Franchise Films helped finance. According to the lawsuit and federal investigation afterward, this studio made a living forcing movies to be severely under budget and taking the leftover as pure profit. In this case, the $75 million budget-film only got $44 million.
* JustPlaneWrong: Oh, so many examples. Nothing should be working after about a millenium, it takes years, not weeks to learn to fly one, none of them have flight-suits and yet they're all stunt dogfighter material. On the positive side, they ''do'' mention that Harrier jets can hover.
** Harriers are so unreliable that the fact that they can even be repaired is almost ridiculous.
* TheMerch: Yes, it's true: ''Battlefield Earth actually had a toyline''. It was one of Trendmasters' last ones, in fact.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/ForestWhitaker did it for the pay gig.
* OldShame: Forest Whittaker has apologized for his involvement in the film; co-writer J.D. Shapiro has also regretted his part in it.
** Hell, probably counts for everyone who is not John Travolta.

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** Before that, J.D. Shapiro, the first screenwriter screenwriter, was fired because the original first studio (MGM) that expressed an interest in the project ([[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]]) wanted to change his script too much (which he knew he would be a bad decision...).decision ). He [[CreatorBacklash practically disowned the film]], and even decided to accept his Razzies.
** This was the last movie Franchise Films helped finance. According to the lawsuit and federal investigation afterward, this studio made a living forcing starving movies to be severely under budget of their planned budgets and taking the leftover as pure profit. In this case, the $75 million budget-film budget film only got $44 million.
* JustPlaneWrong: Oh, so many examples. Nothing should be working after about a millenium, millennium; it takes years, not weeks weeks, to learn to fly one, one; none of them have flight-suits has flight suits and yet they're all stunt dogfighter material. On the positive side, they ''do'' mention that Harrier jets can hover.
** Harriers are so unreliable that the fact that it is almost ridiculous to suggest they can even be repaired is almost ridiculous.
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* TheMerch: Yes, it's true: ''Battlefield Earth Earth'' actually had ''had a toyline''. It was one of Trendmasters' last ones, in fact.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/ForestWhitaker has admitted did it for the pay gig.
* OldShame: Forest Whittaker Whitaker has apologized for his involvement in the film; film, as has co-writer J.D. Shapiro has also regretted his part in it.
** Hell,
Shapiro. For that matter, you could probably counts say: "Everyone who did anything for everyone who is not this movie except John Travolta. Travolta."



* ReCut: The version on VHS and DVD removes a few scenes, adds a scene of the heroes discovering the instructions for the nuclear warhead, and the opening crawl that states the bloody obvious. The versions aired on TV are the original theatrical cut. For those scenes, see DeletedScenes.
* SpringtimeForHitler: The film was the subject of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_Earth_(film)#Fraud_by_Franchise_Pictures $121.7 million judgement]], possibly being an attempt to deliberately profit from a bomb.
* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. Forest Whitaker would eventually bounce back with ''The Last King Of Scotland.''

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* ReCut: The version on VHS and DVD removes a few scenes, adds a scene of the heroes discovering the instructions for the nuclear warhead, and the opening crawl that states the bloody obvious. The versions aired on TV are the original theatrical cut. For those scenes, see DeletedScenes.
DeletedScene.
* SpringtimeForHitler: The film was the subject of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_Earth_(film)#Fraud_by_Franchise_Pictures $121.7 million judgement]], possibly being an attempt to profit deliberately profit from a bomb.
* StarDerailingRole: For EVERYONE. At least Forest Whitaker would eventually bounce back with ''The Last King Of Scotland.''''Film/TheLastKingOfScotland''.



* VanityProject: The film is considered Travolta's baby through and through, with him sticking with the film through it's DevelopmentHell, and using his post-''Film/PulpFiction'' CareerResurrection in order to get it bankrolled.
* WagTheDirector: The DVDCommentary makes it clear that Travolta, not the director, was in the driver's seat. Considering his status as driving force behind the project and probable writer of the script though, perhaps the wonder is that he wasn't ''actually'' the director.

to:

* VanityProject: The film is considered Travolta's baby through and through, with him sticking with the film through it's its DevelopmentHell, and using his post-''Film/PulpFiction'' CareerResurrection in order to get it bankrolled.
* WagTheDirector: The DVDCommentary makes it clear that Travolta, not the director, Roger Christian, was in the driver's seat. Considering his status as driving force behind the project and probable writer of the script though, perhaps the wonder is that he wasn't ''actually'' the director.



** Travolta has wanted to make this movie for quite a while, but he wanted to star as the rebellious human Jonnie. By the time he got funding, he decided he was too old to fit the role.

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** Travolta has had wanted to make this movie for quite a while, TheFilmOfTheBook since the latter was published in 1982, but he wanted to star as the rebellious human Jonnie. By the time he got funding, he decided he was too old to fit the role.role (one of precious few good judgments the production made).
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