Starship Troopers

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TriStar Pictures / Touchstone Pictures Released 1997

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Director:
Paul Verhoeven
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Starship Troopers is a science fiction film in which humanity faces destruction at the hands of an alien arachnid force. After graduating from high school, Johnny Rico joins the military in a last-ditch effort to stay close to his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez. While Carmen goes off to fly starships, Johnny joins the mobile infantry alongside the girl who has had a crush on him since they were kids, Dizzy Flores. When Carmen dumps Johnny, he decides to quit the mobile infantry and return home. Before he can do so, the Earth is attacked by the arachnids, and Johnny decides to remain with the military. After completing training, Johnny and Dizzy are sent off to the arachnid planet to destroy them before they can attack Earth again. When they arrive, they quickly realize that they are completely over matched and outnumbered. Will the mobile infantry find a way to kill the arachnids or is Earth doomed?

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What Ed Neumeier's script provides instead is a cheerfully lobotomized, always watchable experience that has the simple-mindedness of a live-action comic book, with no words spoken...

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Pretty actors, grisly critters, brains sucked out of skulls, buckets of green slime and a plot that is half beach blanket bingo, half Iwo Jima.

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rasczak: What does that look like to you, Rico?
      Rico: Looks like a bug was in his brain, sir.
      Rasczak: They sucked his brains out.

    • Rasczak: Rico.
      Rico: Sir.
      Rasczak: I need a corporal. You're it until you're dead or I find somebody better.
      Rico: Thank you, sir.

    • Rasczak: This is for you new people. I only have one rule, everybody fights, no one quits. You don't do your job, I'll kill you myself.

    • Carl: Your basic arachnid warrior isn't too smart but you can blow off a limb, and it's still 86 percent combat effective. Here's a tip, aim for the nerve stem, and put it down for good.

    • Zim: Now, anytime you think I'm being too tough, anytime you think I'm being unfair, anytime you miss your mommy, quit! You sign form 1240A, you grab your gear you take a stroll down washout lane! Do you get me?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $105,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $54,814,377 (35th)
      Worldwide Gross - $121,214,377 (38th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $97,447,781
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $215,492,226

    • Production Companies:
      Buena Vista International (distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Agoura Hills, California
      Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota
      Baldwin Park, California
      Pasadena, California
      Interior, South Dakota
      Kadoka, South Dakota
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Fountain Valley, California
      Pasadena, California
      Powder River, Wyoming
      Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
      South Dakota
      Long Beach, California

    • Taglines:
      1. You can't step on these ones.
      2. The only good bug is a dead bug.
      3. Forget the insecticide, bring on the nukes!
      4. Mankind just became an endangered species.
      5. A new kind of enemy. A new kind of war.
      6. The paratroopers of the future are here... and their enemies aren't HUMAN
      7. Prepare for Battle.
      8. When you battle 6 trillion enemies that will eat you alive, there are only two rules... EVERYONE FIGHTS. NO ONE QUITS.
      9. This Fall, Tristar Pictures takes you to the front lines of the next frontier.
      10. They Came to Our Planet, They destroyed our cities, But on November 7th, They'll learn, They messed, With the wrong species.
      11. Genocide doesn't compare to this.
      12. In Every age there is a cause worth fighting for, but in the future the greatest threat to our survival will not be man at all. Now the youth of tomorrow must travel across the stars to face an enemy more devastating then any ever imagined.

    • Music:
      Into It
      Written and Performed by Zoë Poledouris
      I Have Not Been To Oxford Town
      Written by David Bowie & Brian Eno
      Performed by Zoë Poledouris
      Intense
      Written by Karen Poole, Terence Martin & Shellie Poole
      Performed by Alisha's Attic
      Fade Into You
      Written by Hope Sandoval & David Roback
      Performed by Mazzy Star
      Pier Thirteen
      Written by Jake Cavaliere & Johnny De Villa
      Performed by The Bomboras

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects

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Themes

Aliens, Thrillers