Starship Troopers

Starship Troopers

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Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: 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, originallySee more details below


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).

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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.

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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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