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Starship Troopers [1997] (1 disc)

Director:Paul Verhoeven
Writer:Edward Neumeier
Composer:Basil Poledouris
Length:124 minutes
(2 hours 4 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:SciFi
Sorting Tub:India
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:63%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival.

Reaction: Overblown, like typical Verhoeven fare, and the characterization is pretty basic and superficial. Meh.

Personal Rating: 4/10

Paul Verhoeven => Director
Edward Neumeier => Writer
Basil Poledouris => Composer
Robert A. Heinlein => Book
Amy Smart => Pilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser
Anthony Ruivivar => Shujimi
Blake Lindsley => Katrina
Brenda Strong => Captain Deladier
Brian Tochi => Male Trooper (uncredited)
Casper Van Dien => Johnny Rico
Christopher Curry => Mr. Rico
Clancy Brown => Sgt. Zim
Dean Norris => Commanding Officer
Denise Richards => Lt. Carmen Ibanez
Dina Meyer => Dizzy Flores
Eric Bruskotter => Breckinridge
Jake Busey => Ace Levy
Lenore Kasdorf => Mrs. Rico
Marshall Bell => General Owen
Matt Levin => Kitten Smith
Michael Ironside => Jean Rasczak
Neil Patrick Harris => Carl Jenkins
Patrick Muldoon => Zander Barcalow
R. Lee Ermey => Voice heard on speaker when troopers were receiving gear for battle (uncredited)
Rue McClanahan => Biology Teacher
Seth Gilliam => Sugar Watkins
Tami-Adrian George => Djana'D

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • A miniature Millenium Falcon can be seen on the backside of one of the starships' bridges.
  • In the original script, Capt. Deladier was supposed to have her brains sucked out instead of Zander Barcalow.
  • In the novel, Dizzy is a man.
  • Casper Van Dien (Johnny) broke a rib during a stunt involving jumping off a "tanker bug".
  • The classroom walls display portraits of major philosophers; Aristotle, Baruch Spinoza, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt. All these thinkers are known for their influence on politics and political theory. Arendt notably worked on totalitarianism, an important theme of the movie.
  • More ammunition was used in this film than in any previous movie.
  • Some of the walls were reused from Total Recall (another film directed by Paul Verhoeven).
  • In the movie credits, Amy Smart's character is identified as "Pilot Cadet". However, the FedNet announcer refers to her as "Lieutenant Stack Lumbrezer". One of the movie's co-producers is [?] Stacy Lumbrezer.
  • The band at the graduation party plays a David Bowie song called "I Have Not Been To Oxford Town". The lyrics are reworked a bit to refer to the 23rd century rather than the 21st.
  • During the scene at Whiskey Base where the general is discovered in a "closet," the prop used for the closet was actually an industrial refrigerator commonly found in the restaurant kitchens.
  • Mark Wahlberg turned down the role of Johnny Rico. James Marsden was also considered for the role.
  • During the scene where Michael Ironside's character falls into the hole and gets his legs bitten off, Dina Meyer hit her head, was knocked unconscious, and suffered a concussion.
  • Director Paul Verhoeven admits to never finishing the novel, claiming he read through the first few chapters and became both bored and depressed.