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Starship Troopers (1997)

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Humans in a fascist, militaristic future wage war with giant alien bugs.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer ... Dizzy Flores
Denise Richards ... Carmen Ibanez
Jake Busey ... Ace Levy
Neil Patrick Harris ... Carl Jenkins
Clancy Brown ... Sgt. Zim
Seth Gilliam ... Sugar Watkins
Patrick Muldoon ... Zander Barcalow
Michael Ironside ... Jean Rasczak
Rue McClanahan ... Biology Teacher
Marshall Bell ... General Owen
Eric Bruskotter ... Breckinridge
Matt Levin ... Kitten Smith
Blake Lindsley ... Katrina
Anthony Ruivivar ... 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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Taglines:

They Came to Our Planet, They destroyed our cities, But on November 7th, They'll learn, They messed, With the wrong species. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,058,773, 9 November 1997

Gross USA:

$54,814,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,214,377
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DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The rifles featured in the movie are based off the Ruger Mini-14 in a custom bullpup stock similar to those available for other rifles/shotguns in the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

During the "Brain Bug" sequence, Carmen is speared through the upper body by a bug, which immobilizes her. The injury is massive, in the vicinity of the clavicle, subclavian artery and subclavian vein, and through the muscles in the region of the shoulder, trapezius and pectoral area. An injury of this type would lead to massive blood loss, and very significant damage to the muscles and bones that allow movement of the arm and shoulder. However, seconds later after being released by the bug during the rescue, Carmen's bleeding has stopped, she doesn't need to cradle the arm and uses it to touch Rico without any apparent difficulty, and happily swings her arm as she exits the tunnel, holding a weapon with the same arm a few moments later. In reality an injury of this type would be completely incapacitating and the functioning of the arm and shoulder would be severely limited for some time afterwards. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

A heavily cut version was shown on German TV in March 2001. This version was cut down to 89min. but still labeled as "not under 18" although almost every violent scene was cut out. For example the opening-battle at Klendathu was cut down to about 2 or 3 minutes. After the speech of the reporter you only saw the bug grapping the reporter and some soldiers firing some seconds before Rico is screaming into the camera. See more »

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Fade Into You
Written by Hope Sandoval & David Roback
Performed by Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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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 BrandtSponsellerSee 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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