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Starship Troopers (1997)

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Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.



(screenplay) (as Ed Neumeier), (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity. Written by Christopher Van Pelt

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The paratroopers of the future are here... and their enemies aren't HUMAN See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic sci-fi violence and gore, and for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine  »


Box Office


$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,058,773, 9 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While ostensibly based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein, the plot closely follows that of Erich Maria Remarque's classic WWI novel "All Quiet on the Western Front": a jingoistic teacher preaches patriotic duty and the glory of battle to his young and impressionable students, who rush to enlist in the military. After enduring the rigors of boot camp and a brutal drill instructor they are sent to the front lines, where their dreams of glory are shattered as they face the horror and futility of war. The lead character is wounded but survives, and after a stay in the hospital he returns to the front to find his unit has been decimated and most of his comrades are dead.

The chief difference is that while "All Quiet on the Western Front" makes a powerful anti-war statement, "Starship Troopers" (both novel and movie) bewilderingly caps off its bloodshed and horrendous waste of life with a pro-war message. See more »


The graphic at the beginning of the movie shows Earth and the bug planet located at opposite ends of the Milky Way Galaxy, which means that it would be impossible for the two to be at war with each other. Even using Star Trek's Warp 9 (~1,516 times the speed of light), it would take the Earth force 65 years to reach the bug planet. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreel announcer: Young people from all over the globe are joining up to fight for the future.
Soldier #1: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #2: I'm doing my part.
Soldier #3: I'm doing my part.
Young kid dressed up as a soldier: I'm doing my part too.
[Soldiers laugh]
Newsreel announcer: They're doing their part. Are you? Join the Mobile Infantry and save the world. Service guarantees citizenship.
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Pure Science Fiction
26 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Again the same story of: "go to watch a movie after read many reviews telling you how bad it's the movie just to find something incredible" and really it was. I remember wait to see and action film about great space heroes, and even when I found heroes and action, I found a awesome and satirical story about the evolution of the human race and how the path of war falls in a road to hell. More than that, Starship troopers it's that kind of science fiction films with great a big special effects but at the same time a terrific script. A shocking story, more realistic and cruel than many movies about real conflicts, where you can feel the havoc and the pain of any battle. The acting it's good, the soundtrack it's one of the best works of Basil Poleoduris. After this you can read the book of Robert Heinlein founding how far goes Paul Verhoeven in every scene and every character creating. But the best of all is how everything has a reason, there's no word or scene without a meaning, even the promise of the beginning remain intact making clear some disturbing things about some character(s). An movie to watch more than two times.

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