Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

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Director: Paul Verhoeven, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards

Cast: Paul Verhoeven, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards

     
 

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Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally

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Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October-November, 1959). After graduation, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) volunteers for the Mobile Infantry to do his Federal service -- but also to win over his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), who has signed with the Fleet Academy to become a starship pilot. Johnny joins other boot-camp recruits -- Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer), who has had a crush on Johnny since school, and Ace Levy (Jake Busey). Ace and Johnny become pals, and Johnny's abilities earn him the squad leader position. A training accident occurs on Johnny's watch, and he is about to resign when Earth is attacked by alien insects intent on eradicating all human life. Johnny's home, Buenos Aires, is no longer on the map. Horrified, he chooses to stay on and fight to destroy the insect threat. The Mobile Infantry travels to the planet Klendathu to battle the warrior bugs, a ruthless enemy with only one goal -- survival of their species no matter what. In the initial encounter, some 100,000 lives are lost. At a distant fort, Johnny's unit discovers that the bugs drain brains to acquire knowledge. Soon they are overwhelmed by an advancing arthropod army of immense proportions, attacking both in space and on the planet surface. The notion of human extinction becomes a possibility. For this $100-million production, some 300 artists and technicians combined models and miniatures with CGI effects to fashion a variety of creatures -- from breeder bugs to armored tanker bugs. The film employed hundreds of extras and has over 500 visual effects shots. Filming began 4/29/96 in California (LA and Long Beach, where Cal State's pyramid gym was used for the Jumpball game), New York, South Dakota, Wyoming (Casper, Hell's Half Acre), and Utah (an abandoned Wendover airstrip where the Enola Gay WWII bomber crew trained). At an abandoned airfield in Fountain Valley, California, an elaborate set was constructed to resemble a military boot camp of the future -- complete with an array of pup tents, gull-winged spaceships, hurdle obstacle course, and training facility buildings. Cinematography by Jost Vacano (Showgirls).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
This highly ambitious adaptation of the sci-fi novel by Robert A. Heinlein exhibits director Paul Verhoeven's signature flashes of mordant wit, satire, and strong violence. The rare action picture that tries to operate on several levels at once, Troopers uses elements of fascism, Nazi imagery, and World War II propaganda to illustrate its central story: the takeover of futuristic civilization by deadly, ravaging insects. A singular piece of science fiction that achieves its goals -- especially in the notable casting of good-looking, bland performers to underline the army's Aryan-ness -- Verhoeven's film simultaneously parodies and satisfies the public's fascination with media and mass destruction. Troopers is very much a companion to the director's 1987 hit RoboCop, which dealt with similar issues in a comparably cheeky tone, without losing its ability to be a grand entertainment. Though it was a mid-level success, Troopers failed to achieve blockbuster status, considering its $100 million budget. Encouragingly, though, the film is widely recognized in cult circles as a telling critique of the absurdity of wartime values.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
UPC:
0043396118003
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:10:00
Format:
Sony PSP

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Brenda Strong Captain Deladier
Dean Norris Commanding Officer

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Jon Davison Producer
France Doel Co-producer
Stephen Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Geisinger Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Gregg Goldstone Asst. Director
Robert Hill Art Director
Elaine J. Huzzar Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Stacy Lumbrezer Co-producer
Alan Marshall Producer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Neumeier Co-producer,Screenwriter
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Johanna Ray Casting
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
Caroline Ross Editor
Phil Tippett Co-producer
Jost Vacano Cinematographer
Steven Wolff Art Director
Robert A. Heinlein Source Author

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Full-length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality

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Starship Troopers 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen and highly reccomend it to any one who likes Sci-Fi movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your into Si-Fi movies this is the one. Its got everything, Special FX, Big Guns, gore, and Aliens. Thats all I can say, its perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My experience with this Blu-Ray is most disappointing. I had gone through about 10 different copies of this DVD, from another source as well as B&N, and the disc did not play. This was after I had updated my Blu-Ray player with the most current update of the hardware/software from Sony. I'd love to see this DVD but the disc will not load at all. Certainly a disc manufacturing problem. I hope they get it straightened out, because I'm anxious to see this movie in Blu-Ray HD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is loaded with action and riddled with special effects, and a farely good plot. The film maker has made such movies as 'robocop', not a personal favorite, and 'total recall', again not the best film. but this movie outshines those last two by a long shot. The graphics are worth five stars themselves, but the action is also great, and the hidden political satire is awsome. A great film for action lovers, or people who are in for entertainment. (If you watch it, you will like it)
Guest More than 1 year ago
STAR WARS fans will surely love this film. The visual effects are truly awesum, from majestic space panoramas to creature animations it is just about perfect for this genre. The plot does, however, require some suspension-of-disbelief by the viewer. I wondered WHY, for instance, in an era of super high-technology are ground based infantry troops even needed when the enemy bugs could simply be nuked from orbit or by some other advanced technique instead of an old-fashioned WWII search-and-destroy mission. Of course, face to face with the enemy insects is the theme so you need to overlook questions like that. The film is also a bit too long and could have been edited better. On balance, it is visually stunning and deserving of 5 stars for that alone. Highly recommended for SF fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude, this movie rox. Its hardcore to da max in an x-tream way. A super solid movie, might be a window to da future. Keep yo eyes on da sky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIES GIVES YOU ALL THE THINGS NECESSARY TO ENJOY SPACE DRAMA'S. THE BUGS VERSE'S THE HUMAN'S MAKE FOR A GREAT PLOT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
History has a habit of repeating itself, if we haven'd learned what has come before. Those who have seen 'Triumph of the Will' will begin to see where this movie is going. Think irony. Think 'campy'. Anyway, the special effects are great and Starship Troopers is very fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done! A beautiful story about war, growing up, and people, but with an unrealistic war machine. Then again I guess we can't blame it for that, it is based on a 1959 book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, we all know that movies based on books will look nothing like the books they're based on. But this takes the cake. I really enjoyed Heinlein's ST, namely because it's not just sci-fi, it's also very politically and sociologically charged. As a generic sci-fi movie, this is pretty great stuff. The special effects are amazing and the plot is pretty wild. But aside from some of the character's names happening to be the same, it's just not Starship Troopers. Not in the least.
markthefreediver More than 1 year ago
Have new Blu-ray player, which plays all of my other Blu-ray and non Blu-ray discs as well as CD's. Returned the DVD for a replacement and it didn't play as well, so it was returned for a refund. I gave up because I have no time for analyzing why this occurred - it should just play like everything else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Starship troopers rocked.Its so gorey and bloody and captures the horrors of man vs beast warfare.I have to admit it was the best si-fi film I have ever seen.In the middle of all the bloodshed there is a love story but I dont want to talk about that right now.Im getting tired of typing so i'll just say if your a si-fi fan buy this film now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Special affects wonderful, characters terrible. This film has space battle and alien insects that are a joy to watch, the only reason to watch this. The military and soldiers however are completely absurd. The military has space ship and stations, yet still fight with weapons and armor no more advanced than it has now - hard to believe. This has a coed military, coed infantry. Coed showers where the soldiers don't even notice or care that they naked with members of the opposite sex - Yeah Right.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has all the ingredients of a bad machismo movie-pretty girls, big guns, and plenty of violence. It is however deceptively smart in how it deals with war. The movie on the surface is a masculine movie with an all-too-simple plot. But in fact, the movie is quite more than that-even though it is that. It goes to the heart of the all-too-real possiblity of a fascistic, militaristic society that bases its government with "us" (humans) vs. "them" (aarachnids).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent title for sci-fi fans. It's special effects and story line can make even the most stubborn a sci-fi fan. This movie should have an edited version with out nudity in it:(
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want a highly implausible and gore for the sake of being gore plot, with the same amount of character developement that you could get out of the average episode of Jamie Foxx, then you're in for a great time, for the rest of us that don't want to be considered amongst the lowest common denominator, we'll just read the book.