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Starship Troopers Details


Director Paul Verhoeven (Paul Verhoeven, Paul Verhoeven) reunited many from his 1987 Paul Verhoeven 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 (Paul Verhoeven). Licensed products include Lewis Galoob Inc. toys. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:November 7, 1997


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phil Tippett Best Visual Effects 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Richardson Best Visual Effects 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alec Gillis Best Visual Effects 1997 Nominee


Casper Van Dien
as Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer
as Dizzy Flores
Denise Richards
as Carmen Ibanez
Jake Busey
as Ace Levy
Neil Patrick Harris
as Carl Jenkins
Clancy Brown
as Sgt. Zim
Seth Gilliam
as Sugar Watkins
Patrick Muldoon
as Zander Barcalow
Michael Ironside
as Jean Rasczak
Rue McClanahan
as Biology Teacher
Marshall Bell
as General Owen
Eric Bruskotter
as Breckinridge
Matt Levin
as Kitten Smith
Blake Lindsley
as Katrina
Anthony Ruivivar
as Shujimi
Brenda Strong
as Captain Deladier
Dean Norris
as Commanding Officer
Amy Smart
as Cadet Lumbreiser


Paul Verhoeven
Alan Marshall
Jon Davison
Anette Haellmigk
Ed Neumeier
Jost Vacano
Basil Poledouris
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Goldblatt
Caroline Ross
Allan Cameron
Production Designer
Stacy Lumbrezer
Phil Tippett
Ed Neumeier
Robert Gould
Set Decorator
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Joseph Geisinger
Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Flick
Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Goldstone
First Assistant Director
Eric Pascarelli
Camera Operator
Johanna Ray
John Richardson
Special Effects Supervisor
Alex Funke
Visual Effects
Vic Armstrong
Stunts Coordinator
Vic Armstrong
Second Unit Director
Warren Hamilton
Sound Effects Editor
Phil Tippett
Creature Effects
Kevin Yagher
Visual Effects
Michael Dennison
Costumes Supervisor
Nora O'Brien
Production Coordinator