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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.



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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

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Action | Sci-Fi | War

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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


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,058,773 (USA) (7 November 1997)


DEM 15,096,442 (Germany) (20 February 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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The year in the movie is 2197. See more »


Several references are made to the M.I. being Marines, yet there are several uses of Army and Naval directive within the M.I. This is due to the fact the the M.I. is the result of all of the ground-based military units becoming 'one' after the afore-mentioned fall of democracy. The M.I. would use the best parts of the 3 branches to make up the 'Federation Mobile Infantry.' 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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Written by Karen Poole, Terence Martin & Shellie Poole (as Michelle Poole)
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The negative buzz kept me from watching this film for awhile, but I'm glad I've seen it now!
22 January 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Based on the famous Robert A. Heinlein novel, Starship Troopers is set in a world of the future where militarism is the norm, largely because we've discovered alien civilizations of huge insect-like creatures and we're at war with them. The film follows a quartet of high school friends as they make their varied ways through the military.

Starship Troopers is both a tongue-in-cheek satire of society and an intense sci-fi/action/war film filled with horror-like insect monsters and a healthy dose of graphic gore. That's a genre combination that will not please all viewers, especially if the tongue-in-cheek humor goes over their heads. For those more in tune with the genre melding, Starship Troopers promises a quick, edge-of-your-seat ride from the first moments to the last.

The film can be looked at in three sections, with slight crossovers from one section to another. The first is focused on the social satire. The cultural differences of the future are given in mostly indirectly, and occasionally, the point is what hasn't changed, or perhaps what is currently (per the film's setting) in vogue as a retro element. The second and third sections could be seen as a sci-fi Platoon (1986), with the second section focused on military basic training and the third focused on wartime. Like Platoon, the basic training scenes show order and a clear sense of purpose, while the wartime scenes show comparative chaos.

That the film could be compared to something like Platoon shows that although director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Edward Neumeier are aware that the material could easily be seen as absurd, they have the chops to make it believable and suspenseful at the same time.

This is not to say that Starship Troopers is a rip-off of any other movie. The film-making here is highly original, and we could almost see the entire film as a computer-based CNN-styled collection of wartime newsreels of the future. It remains quick, witty and intense throughout. My only regret is that they didn't incorporate Yes' song Starship Troopers in the score somehow.

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