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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 14 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

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Action | Sci-Fi

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:

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


$54,700,065 (USA) (20 February 1998)

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only theatrical movie of the Starship Troopers trilogy - the second two were were direct to video. See more »


The top of Pvt. Ace Levy's swimming trunks are visible during the shower scene. 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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Spin-off Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999) See more »


Written by Karen Poole, Terence Martin & Shellie Poole (as Michelle Poole)
Performed by Alisha's Attic
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Better -- and more disturbing -- each time I watch it
28 July 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This movie never fails to generate strong reactions, both positive and negative.

Much of the negative criticizes the wooden acting, soap-opera beautiful stars, and unreasonably military tactics that lead to an enormous human body count.

But that misses the whole point. The actors and plotlines are supposed to be caricatures of themselves. We are presented with a seemingly utopian society, where everyone is beautiful, the world is united under a single government, and patriotism is rampant.

The further the movie goes, the more the viewer realizes just how horrific this supposed utopia really is. Patriotism is exploited to trick young men and women into going off to a pointless war. The beautiful people are mercilessly chopped to pieces by their insectoid opponents. And the united world government uses its control of the media to brainwash the public into supporting this bloody war.

Yes, the Nazi symbolism is a little heavy-handed. But that's the whole point -- the intertwining of this "perfect" society with such a deeply evil subtext is supposed to be disturbing. What's even more disturbing is how close to our recent (American) history this movie truly is. Yes, it's a caricature, but it's a caricature of a very real and frightening phenomenon.

How different are the government propaganda ads in Starship Troopers from the "Loose Lips Sink Ships" campaign or the "10% for War Bonds" posters in 1940s U.S.? How dangerous is it to have a society where everyone looks the same, thinks the same, and acts the same, even to their own death? This is the message behind Starship Troopers, and it's a chilling one at that.

And for me, it works.

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