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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Rico
... Dizzy Flores
... Lt. Carmen Ibanez
... Ace Levy
... Carl Jenkins
... Sgt. Zim
... Sugar Watkins
... Zander Barcalow
... Jean Rasczak
... Biology Teacher
... General Owen
... Breckinridge
... Kitten Smith
... Katrina
... Shujimi
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Storyline

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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Since the dawn of his existence, Humankind has ruled the earth. But now the rules are about to change. 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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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$54,814,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,214,377
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, Dina Meyer, and Brenda Strong were in DC comics based animated and live-action series. Michael was the voice of the evil tyrant Darkseid on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League/Justice League: Unlimited, Dark Knight Returns Batman in one episode of The Superman/Batman Adventures. He also played as General Sam Lane in Smallville. And, he played the father of the villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold in The Flash. Clancy was the voice of Lex Luthor in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited. Also, played as General Wade Eiling in The Flash. Dina played the Batgirl/Oracle in the series Birds of Prey. And, Brenda Strong plays as the mother of the villain Lex Luthor Lillian in Supergirl (2015). See more »

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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 »

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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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I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
Written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
Produced by Terry Becker (as Terri Becker), Eric Colvin and Zoë Poledouris
Performed by Zoë Poledouris
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Better -- and more disturbing -- each time I watch it
28 July 2004 | by 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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