- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 9 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 5, 2003
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Screen Format Note: Superbit
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Casper Van Dien,
Denise Richards &
Neil Patrick Harris,
Anthony Michael Ruivivar,
Curnal Achilles Aulisio,
Denise Y. Dowse,
Robert David Hall,
Ronald L. Botchan,
Armand Darrius &
Mark Goldblatt &
Robert A. Heinlein
Jon Davison &
Director of Photography:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Would you like to know more'"
- a slogan that appears frequently in newreel clips
"Violence has resolved more conflicts than anything else. The contrary opinion that violence doesn't solve anything is mearly wishful thinking at its worst!"
- Rasczak (Michael Ironside) to his students
"Everyone fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll shoot you myself."
- Rasczak to his troops
"You see a bug hole, you nuke it!"
- Rasczak to his troops
"M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying."
- Rico (Casper Van Dien) referring to the downside of being in the mobile infantry
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1998
"...Fascinating....Featuring astonishing effects and some of the most harrowing battle scenes in movie history..."
USA Today - 11/07/1997
"...Director Paul Verhoeven is back in his subversively nimble ROBOCOP groove with the uproariously cheeky STARSHIP TROOPERS" -- 4 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 05/15/1998
"...A letter grade would do a disservice to a movie that sees relentless entertainment and brilliant pop-culture fraud as two sides of the same media coin....The Most Ironic Hollywood Blockbuster Ever Made. See it for yourself and decide..."
New York Times - 11/07/1997
"...The film's main events are its wild bugfights, with hordes of extraordinarily dynamic special-effects creatures....These bizarre marauders are really something to see..."
Box Office - 01/01/1998
"...Entertaining, engaging, exciting....With game, energetic, winsome performances...and effects that live up to the hype..."
Wall Street Journal - 08/03/2012
"[T]he violent action and exuberant humor eventually obliterate any traces of irony in this vast, elegantly executed enterprise."
Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP) mixes big budget bug bashing with twisted satire of old Hollywood movies in this adaptation of Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel. It's the future, Earth is at war, and the kids are all going off to fight giant killer bugs on the remote planet of Klendathu. Casper Van Diem, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, and Patrick Muldoon play some of the blandly attractive young recruits who engage in soap-opera style love triangles as they toughen up and learn to fight (and die) like soldiers. Michael Ironside is their gung-ho, one-armed leader. The real stars though, are the superbly animated bugs. Packed to the rafters with jaw-dropping special effects and insane violence, the film managed to be a box office hit though it undoubtedly left some audiences confused at Verhoeven's slyly deadpan humor. By the time Neil Patrick Harris (TV's Doogie Howser) starts marching around in a Gestapo-style uniform, for example, it will be apparent this isn't STAR WARS. What it is however, is a rousing experience for mature viewers in the properly ironic frame of mind.