Battlefield Earth A Saga of the Year 3000

  • Directors: Roger Christian
  • Producers: Jonathan Krane, Elie Samaha, John Travolta
  • Writers: Screenplay, Corey Mandell, J D Shapiro, Novel, L Ron Hubbard
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker

In the year 3000, Earth has been ruled for 1,000 years by the Psychlos, a brutal race of giant humanoid aliens. The remnants of humanity are either enslaved by the Psychlos and used for manual labor or survive in primitive tribes living in remote areas outside Psychlo control. Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (Barry Pepper), a member of one such tribe, leaves his home in the Rocky Mountains on a journey of exploration. He joins forces with Carlo (Kim Coates), a hunter, but both men are captured by a Psychlo raiding party and transported to a slave camp at the Psychlos’ main base on Earth, a giant dome built over the ruins of Denver, Colorado.

Terl (John Travolta), the Psychlo security chief on Earth, has been condemned by his superiors to remain indefinitely at his post on Earth as punishment for an unclear incident involving “the Senator’s daughter.” Aided by his deputy, Ker (Forest Whitaker), Terl devises a plan to buy his way off the planet by making a fortune using human slaves to mine gold in radioactive areas. Psychlos are unable to visit such areas due to the explosive interaction of the gas that they breathe with radionuclide particles. Terl selects Jonnie as his “foreman” for the project and gives him a Psychlo education using a rapid-learning machine. Terl gives Jonnie a party of slaves and a Psychlo flying shuttle and orders him to go out and find gold.

After a week of training, the rebels launch a mass uprising against the Psychlos using Harrier jump-jets and other weapons. Carlo sacrifices himself to destroy the dome over Denver, and the Psychlos inside suffocate in Earth’s atmosphere, which they are unable to breathe. Jonnie captures a Psychlo teleportation device and uses it to teleport an atomic bomb to the Psychlo home world. The ensuing detonation causes the entire Psychlo atmosphere to explode, wiping out the planet. Ker and Terl survive on Earth but face different fates: Ker sides with the victorious humans, while Terl is imprisoned as a hostage within a vault in Fort Knox. The film ends with the humans in control of Earth but facing an uncertain future.

Face Off

  • Directors: John Woo
  • Producers: David Permut, Barrie M Osborne, Terence Chang
  • Writers: Mike Werb, Michael Colleary
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

Public enemy number one and freelance terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) is being relentlessly pursued by FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta). Years earlier, Troy had attempted to kill Archer, who barely survived with a chest wound, but the bullet struck Archer’s little son Michael who died of his injuries.

Troy is recorded in the FBI files to have a whole list of terrorism-related offences, including bombings and political assassinations. The FBI receives information that Castor’s brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) has chartered a plane at a Los Angeles airport, and Archer knows the Troy brothers well enough to guess that Pollux “doesn’t fly without big brother!” Archer leads an FBI team in chasing the plane down a runway and is able to shoot out one of the engines. Unable to take off, Castor kills both the pilot and one of Archer’s agents, then crashes the plane into a hangar. In the ensuing chaos, which leaves several FBI agents wounded or dead, Pollux is captured by the Feds and Castor is knocked into a coma after bragging to Archer about a biological bomb that will destroy Los Angeles.

Archer initially believes Castor was bluffing, but after the FBI finds schematics for the bomb on a disk recovered from Pollux’s briefcase, Archer realizes that the threat is genuine. Although he learns the date of the bombing from several of Castor’s henchmen, including Castor’s bomb supplier Dietrich Hassler (Nick Cassavetes), Archer is unable to find any information about the location of the bomb itself. Knowing that the only way to obtain the location is from Castor’s brother, Pollux, Archer’s colleagues, Tito and Miller, present him with a top-secret mission and convince him to undergo a surgical procedure to temporarily graft Archer’s face and pose as Castor in order to gain information about the bomb from Pollux. (Though the time-period is never specified in the film and largely implied to be the present, the technology shown here and later in the prison is partially anachronistic, contrasting with the technology used in the rest of the film.)

Archer then brings Adam Hassler, Castor Troy’s son, into his family, in order to fulfill his promise to Sasha of not allowing Adam to grow up to be a criminal.

From Paris with Love

  • Directors: Pierre Morel
  • Producers: Luc Besson, India Osborne
  • Writers: Luc Besson, Adi Hasak
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

A young embassy worker Richard Stevens(Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and an American secret agent Shashank Gates (John Travolta) cross paths while working on a high-risk mission in Paris.

Old Dogs

  • Directors: Walt Becker
  • Producers: Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams, Robert Levy
  • Writers: David Diamond, David Weissman
  • Genres: Comedy, Family
  • Actors: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Matt Dillon, Seth Green, Bernie Mac, Rita Wilson, Dax Shepard, Justin Long, Luis Guzman, Conner Rayburn

Dan (Robin Williams) and Charlie (John Travolta) are two best friends and co-workers. They apparently have no clue about the importance of family and what life is truly about. Dan’s ex-wife Vicki (Kelly Preston) shows up after a long period of time and announces she and Dan have seven-year-old twins: a son and a daughter. Now Dan recruits Charlie and together they have to take care of the twins and a dog. With help from a co-worker (Seth Green), they go from outdoor activities with the kids and a rough instructor (Matt Dillon), to enduring a flamboyant children’s entertainer (Bernie Mac) and eventually they will learn the true meaning of life and family.

Saturday Night Fever

  • Directors: John Badham
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood
  • Writers: Nik Cohn, Norman Wexler
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

The film is about 19-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta), a young Italian American from the New York City borough of Brooklyn who works a dead-end job in a small hardware store by day, but rules the dance floor at night with his frequent appearances at 2001 Odyssey, a Brooklyn dance club.

While at 2001 Odyssey, Tony is seen in the company of his three close friends, Joey (Joseph Cali); Double J (Paul Pape); and the meek Bobby C. (Barry Miller), still in high school. It is presumed Bobby C., though younger, is part of the gang because he is the only one with a car (a run-down Chevrolet Impala). An informal member of their gang is Annette (Donna Pescow), a neighborhood girl who has apparently been Tony’s partner in previous dance competitions and longs for a more permanent relationship with him.

Tony, knowing Annette has the right moves to win an upcoming dance competition, recruits her to participate with him in the contest, much to her delight. Her happiness is short-lived, however, when Tony abruptly terminates their partnership after seeing Stephanie Mangano dance at the disco and later at a neighborhood dance studio. Stephanie is a tall, attractive, talented dancer with what Tony assumes is a more committed potential toward winning the competition.

After leaving his friends behind, a distraught Tony spends the rest of the night riding the subway. He finally shows up at Stephanie’s apartment, apologizing for his earlier bad behavior. He tells her that he plans on leaving Brooklyn and coming to Manhattan to escape from his family and friends, and what he considers to be a fake life. He also tells her that he wants to try to salvage their relationship by being friends first and see what develops from there. Recognizing Tony’s honest wish to change, Stephanie takes his hand in hers, and then him into her arms in this final scene.

Carrie

  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Paul Monash
  • Writers: Lawrence D Cohen, based on a novel by, Stephen King
  • Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta

Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy outcast, has her first period while showering after a P.E. class. She is humiliated by her classmates who tease her by chanting/screaming “plug it up!” The gym teacher, Miss Collins (Betty Buckley), breaks up the bullying. Miss Collins berates Carrie, but becomes horrified when she realizes Carrie has no concept of menstruation. At home, Carrie is harassed by her mother Margaret (Piper Laurie), a delusional religious fanatic, who tells her daughter the humiliation is a punishment from God for having her period.

The girls who teased Carrie are subjected to an athletic detention by Miss Collins, who then bans the chief instigator, Chris Hargensen (Nancy Allen), from the upcoming senior prom for her refusal to participate. Another of the instigators, Sue Snell (Amy Irving), feels guilty for her actions and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross (William Katt) to take Carrie to the prom. Carrie initially refuses, thinking the invitation to be another trick, but Miss Collins’ comforting pep talk persuades her to agree.

When told about the prom, Carrie’s mother forbids her from going and warns her that Tommy will lead her into a life of sex. However, Carrie resists and in her anger, she displays telekinetic powers, causing her mother to believe her daughter is possessed by a demon. As Carrie firmly insists on going to the prom, her mother warns her that “They’re all gonna laugh at you!”

Some time afterward, Sue, the sole survivor, is seen walking up to the empty lot where Carrie’s house once stood. She sees a “For Sale” sign planted in some rocks, “CARRIE WHITE BURNS IN HELL” written across it with lipstick. As Sue gently kneels down to put flowers at the base of the sign, Carrie’s bloody hand reaches up and grabs her. Sue then wakes up screaming and shaking in the arms of her mother (Priscilla Pointer).

The General s Daughter

  • Directors: Simon West
  • Producers: Mace Neufeld
  • Writers: Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, Nelson DeMille
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, James Woods, Leslie Stefanson

Chief Warrant Officer Four Paul Brenner (John Travolta) is in Georgia masquerading as First Sergeant Frank White at a local army base, to broker an illegal arms trade with a self-proclaimed freedom fighter. While on the base, his car gets a flat tire. Without a lug wrench, a pretty young officer arrives and helps him change the spare. The officer is Captain Elisabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson), the base commanding general’s daughter and army captain in psychological operations. The next evening, she is found murdered. Brenner and another warrant officer, Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) are brought in to investigate, as both are part of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. They find Captain Campbell’s body staked down with tent poles, strangled, and presumably raped.

They search Elisabeth’s home off base and find it typical of a career Army officer, with one exception: through a false door in the basement, they find what appears to be a sexual dungeon of sorts, with handcuffs, harnesses, and a camera connected to a VCR. Sunhill goes to their car to make a call from her cell phone, and while Brenner gathers the tapes, he is attacked by a masked figure armed with a steel snow shovel. The culprit manages to disorient Brenner long enough to steal the videotapes. Brenner questions Elisabeth’s close confidante, Colonel Robert Moore (James Woods), who also works in psy ops. Though cordial and somewhat cooperative, Moore is evasive when questioned, and gives an alibi of being in bed asleep at the time of the murder. However, this proves false when Moore’s fingerprints are found on Elisabeth’s dog tags that were found in a plastic trash bag several yards from her body, along with her clothing. Brenner arrests Moore on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and takes him to jail.

As the general steps toward the plane, one is given to see that it is his end, as well as his daughter’s, that he is approaching. The film ends with a montage of Elizabeth’s happy childhood and Brenner and Sunhill departing in opposite directions and an admiring glance by Sunhill at the departing Brenner.

Bolt

  • Directors: Chris Williams, Byron Howard
  • Producers: Clark Spencer, John Lasseter
  • Writers: Idea, Chris Sanders, Screenplay, Chris Williams, Dan Fogelman
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell

A girl named Penny and a dog named Bolt star on a hit television series called Bolt in which the titular character has various superpowers and must constantly thwart the evil plans of the nefarious Doctor Calico. To gain a more realistic performance, the TV show’s producers have deceived Bolt his entire life, arranging the filming in such a way that Bolt believes the television show is real and he really has superpowers. After filming completes for the latest episode, Bolt escapes from his on-set trailer mistakenly believing Penny has been kidnapped by the television villain. He attempts to break through a window, knocking himself unconscious as he falls into a box of styrofoam. With no one aware Bolt is in the box, it is shipped from Hollywood to New York City. In New York, he meets Mittens, a female alley cat who bullies pigeons out of their food. Bolt, convinced this is another adventure, forces Mittens to help him get back to Hollywood, and the two start their journey westward. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Penny is deeply saddened over Bolt’s disappearance but is forced by the studio to continue filming with a Bolt lookalike. As their adevnture proceeds, Bolt starts to notice that his superpowers aren’t working, and rationalizes this is the effect that styrofoam has on his body.

Penny and her mother subsequently quit the show when their agent attempts to exploit the incident for publicity purposes. Penny herself adopts Mittens and Rhino, and moves to a rural home to enjoy a simpler, happy lifestyle with Bolt and her new pets. The show continues, but with a replacement “Bolt” and “Penny”, and adopting an alien abduction storyline suggested by a character they met on the way.

Hairspray

  • Directors: Adam Shankman
  • Producers: Adam Shankman, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Bob Shaye, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Toby Emmerich
  • Writers: John Waters, Thomas Meehan, Leslie Dixon, Mark O Donnell
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, James Marsden, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney, Taylor Parks, Jerry Stiller, Paul Dooley

May 3, 1962. Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), a cheerful, rotund high school student living in Baltimore, Maryland steps out of her apartment (“Good Morning Baltimore”), only to endure a day’s worth of school so she and her best friend Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) can race home to view their favorite TV show, The Corny Collins Show. The program, a teen dance show, is broadcast from Baltimore’s station WYZT on weekday afternoons (“The Nicest Kids in Town”).

The teenagers featured on the show attend Tracy and Penny’s school, among them the arrogant and wealthy Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and her boyfriend Link Larkin (Zac Efron), the lead male dancer on the show. Amber’s mother, Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer) manages station WYZT and goes out of her way to make sure that Amber is prominently featured and that The Corny Collins Show remains a racially segregated program. Corny Collins (James Marsden) and all of his “Council Members” are white; black kids are only allowed on The Corny Collins Show on “Negro Day”, held the last Tuesday of each month and hosted by local R&B radio disc jockey Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah), who also owns her own record shop on North Avenue.

Against all expectations, Little Inez receives the most votes and wins the pageant, officially integrating The Corny Collins Show. A perturbed Velma loudly declares her frustration, informing her daughter of the tally-switching scheme. Unknown to Velma, Edna and Wilbur have turned a camera on her, and Velma’s outburst is broadcast on the air, causing her to be fired from the program. Meanwhile, The Corny Collins Show set explodes into a celebration as Tracy and Link cement their love with a kiss (“You Can’t Stop the Beat”).

Wild Hogs

  • Directors: Walt Becker
  • Producers: Kristin Burr, Todd Lieberman, Brian Robbins, Amy Sayres, Sharla Sumpter, Michael Tollin
  • Writers: Brad Copeland, Robert Popper
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Actors: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei

Doug Madsen (Tim Allen), Woody Stevens (John Travolta), Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence) and Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) are four middle-aged suburban men in Cincinnati who find themselves frustrated with the pace of daily life. Woody is a formerly rich businessman who suddenly finds himself alone and broke. Doug is a dentist who can’t connect with his son, and he misses his college glory days when he was called “The Golden Knight.” Bobby is a plumber who is henpecked by his wife and daughters while trying to follow his dream of writing a plumbing how-to book. Dudley is a computer geek who seeks to find a woman in his life. Their one collective hobby had always been to ride together on motorcycles around the city, though after college that happened less and less often.

When Woody finds out that his marriage is ending in divorce and that he’s bankrupt, he suggests they embark on a cross-country road trip west on their bikes to seek adventure. After some hesitation from the other three, the four agree to the trip and set off on their Harley-Davidsons.

The road trip is filled with humorous moments, such as sleeping close together scantily dressed and being found by an obviously gay policeman (John C. McGinley) who tells them they can be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, but it turns out that he is only teasing: he is actually jealous. Later, when the four go to a small lake, a family on a picnic joins them in the water only to realize the four men are naked. The policeman appears again; he also undresses and joins the four men, who quickly leave.

The closing credits include excerpts from a faux episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition where the Del Fuegos are given a brand new bar. Jack can barely restrain his emotions as he views it.