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  • J. D. Shapiro's Creator Backlash resulted in two slices of hilarity, this "apology" article and a speech at the Golden Raspberry, most notably when he recited quotes from critics.
    J. D. Shapiro: The critic for New York Times said 'Battlefield Earth is about the extinction of the human race, and after seeing this movie I'm all for it.' From the Banana Daily they said 'I'd like to call this movie a train wreck but that's not really fair to train wrecks. Because people actually want to watch a train wreck.' And my absolute favourite, 'This is the worst fucking piece of shit fucking movie I've ever had the displeasure of fucking seeing.' That was from my mom. (raising the Razzie) Thank you very much. I'm gonna keep this in my belly button.
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  • The Bar scene:
    Terl: When you were still learning how to spell your name, I was being trained to conquer galaxies!
  • Perhaps the only legitimately funny (and good) part in this movie:
    Terl: You will soon be relocated to a new mining site, and if any of you get any bright ideas about escaping, just keep in mind that although you know nothing about firearms, I certainly do. I graduated top marksman in my class and I can kill any one of you at over a thousand paces. [to Jonnie] Tell them what I've said.
    Jonnie: [to the other humans] We try to run, he'll kill us.
    Terl: [stunned] That's it?
  • When the tribals are giving Jonnie As You Know exposition in the film's opening minutes, there's a brief interlude where they go past a long abandoned McDonald's. Their talk of the "gods" riding "chariots beneath golden arches, where food would magically appear" has never made a drive-thru experience sound more epic or more ridiculous.
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  • From the book, a villain is named Roof Arsebogger.


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