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'Battlefield America' Lawsuit

I Lost $10,000

On Your Terrible Movie!

4/28/2013 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE



DON'T INVEST IN CRAPPY MOVIES ... a hard lesson learned by a single mother who's suing to recover $10,000 from the director of an epic flop.

The woman is going after director Chris Stokes in small claims court, claiming she loaned him $10K to complete "Battlefield America" ... a flick about an underground dance competition.  She says she was promised she'd get the $$$ back within 30 days.

But shocker, the movie flopped -- making a pathetic $172,000 in theaters -- and she says she hasn't seen a penny. The woman, Crystal Wade, says she's made repeated demands for repayment ... to no avail.

Our calls to Chris weren't returned ... a trial's been set for next month.

The real slap in the face ... Crystal says Chris has since raised significant capital for his new film ... without repaying his old investors. 

If true ... Chris has a future in Hollywood!

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Just like John Travolta's movie- Battlefield Earth.

483 days ago
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J4X    

Checked IMDb. He already has a career. I think I did more research than you did, TMZ

483 days ago
3.

Phil    

That's the risk you take with films. Hopefully this woman has a cast iron contract she can fall back on. But , if you have 10,000 to invest , you have 10,000 to can lose.

483 days ago
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LDB    

da fck did I just watch?

483 days ago
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Truth    

YOU CAN TELL IT'S A SUCK ASS FLICK WHEN 95% OF THE ACTORS ARE KIDDIES. 1ST, IT'S KINDA PEDOFILIC... AND 2ND THEY COME F*CKING CHEAP. THAT REALLY MUST SUCK WHEN THIS D-LISTED STOKES IDIOT CANT EVEN REFUND 0.1% OF THE BUDGET. #TRUTH!!

482 days ago
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Vince    

Was it a secured loan...was there paperwork..or will judge Judy be presiding? There inst always a happy ending in business deals.....

482 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Did the kids win the dance competition and save the community center? I sure hope so.

482 days ago
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Reese    

IT looked like a film that should have gone straight to Nickledeon. It would have done well and played all weekend. Should not have gone to theaters, The only cool thing is, that the kids could dance, acting....not so much.

482 days ago
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Applehead    

Hey Lindsay, why ya gotta be such a lying skanky mess?

482 days ago
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DTD    

Good God, All I saw was the trailer and I cant believe it made even the $172,000 that it did.

482 days ago
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happyhomemaker29    

I'm thinking Straight to DVD. It'll barely last in Cinemas. Unless she has a contract guaranteeing payment by a certain date for any reason, and investment is just that, an investment. You are taking a risk with your money. It's just like stocks. There's no guarantee she was going to make money off of it. It'll be interesting to see how the trial goes.

482 days ago
12.

Esther     

maybe someone should have told her what it means to make an investment in something. It happens all the time.

482 days ago
13.

Shelly    

what else did she expect to happen if the movie didn't do good

482 days ago
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pattyduke    

she'll never get that back, first it's a small amount of money and second that's the nature of investments

482 days ago
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jjjohnson    

she definitely didn't read the investors handbook. good luck with that.

482 days ago
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