!!The Book
* ProtectionFromEditors
* It is [[http://www.disinfo.com/2012/08/mitt-romneys-favorite-novel-is-l-ron-hubbards-battlefield-earth/ Mitt Romney's favorite novel]].

!! The Film
* 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.
* CreatorBacklash:
** J. D. Shapiro, the first screenwriter, ''[[http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/penned_the_suckiest_movie_ever_sorry_MdXedZpTMWJmfpw80Xc7aO/0 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.
** Creator/ForestWhitaker (Ker) has also gone on record saying that he regrets appearing in the movie. Apparently even [[MoneyDearBoy the lure of money]] wasn't enough to justify it in his eyes.
** 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.
* DeletedScene: Plenty of 'em [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weAOue4mTbc here]].
* 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.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** It's been pretty much stated that [[WagTheDirector John Travolta was in charge of 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.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** So you've got Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BarryPepper, and Creator/ForestWhitaker all in the same movie together.
** An only-just recognisable Creator/KimCoates as Carlo. [[Series/SonsOfAnarchy Tig,]] what the hell are you doing?
** And what's [[IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade Col. Vogel]] doing here?
* 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.
* RealLifeRelative: Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, plays Terl's girlfriend.
* 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 and streamed on Netflix 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.''
* StillbornFranchise: There were originally going to be sequels based on the rest of the book. It also indirectly [[{{Pun}} killed Franchise Pictures]] as well.
* 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Travolta had both a sequel and an [[AnimatedAdaptation animated series]] planned even before the film was released.
** On another note, J. David Shapiro's first draft for the film.
** 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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