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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This Fall, Tristar Pictures takes you to the front lines of the next frontier. See more »

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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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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Jon Davison:  a producer of the film plays the owner of the dog killed in the destruction of Buenos Aries: "The only good bug is a dead bug!" See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Raczak's legs are severed at the outpost defense, he tells Rico "You know what to do!" The audio doesn't match up with his mouth movements. See more »

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[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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Pier Thirteen
Written by Jake Cavaliere & Johnny De Villa
Performed by The Bomboras
Courtesy of Dionysus Records
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LOVED IT!!!!!
21 December 1998 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

While some of the characters and lines in the movie were a little underdeveloped, the overriding story of the evolution of our society into an aggressive, militarist regime cannot be ignored. The action scenes were great, with flawless computer animation (how Titanic beat it for SFX I will never know) and enhancement supported by what can only be described as gore-laden prosthetics. I thought they could have left the love story out, but that's Hollywood.

Very watchable, and a nice change from the Alien movies - this is WAR, not some isolated pit-fight! I love the Alien movies, but Startship troopers just has a lot o' lead, heads, and bodies flying left, right and centre! I thought the Mobile Infantry could have used better weaponry (apparently in the novel that it's based on, the MI has powered armour with assault cannon and missile launchers etc.) to battle such a foe, but I'm just being technical.

If you want a nice beer & pretzels movie to yell and scream at, then this is it.

10 out of 10


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