Starship Troopers

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Starship Troopers (Touchstone Movie)

“Starship Troopers” is a science fiction action film released in 1997, directed by Paul Verhoeven. The movie is loosely based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein and is known for its thrilling action sequences, satirical social commentary, and impressive visual effects.

Set in the future, the film depicts a world where Earth is at war with an insectoid alien species known as the Arachnids, or simply “Bugs.” The story follows Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien), a young high school graduate who joins the Mobile Infantry, a military unit tasked with fighting the Bugs on distant planets.

As Johnny undergoes rigorous training and faces the harsh realities of war, the film explores themes of nationalism, militarism, and propaganda. The society depicted in “Starship Troopers” is one in which citizenship and the right to vote are earned through military service, creating a militaristic and jingoistic culture.

The film uses satire to critique aspects of militarism and the glorification of war. It presents an exaggerated and authoritarian society where individuality is discouraged, and conformity is promoted in service of the state. The use of propaganda and media manipulation plays a significant role in shaping public opinion and supporting the war effort.

“Starship Troopers” is also renowned for its groundbreaking visual effects, especially in its depiction of the Bug creatures and the large-scale action sequences. The film’s depiction of futuristic technology and military hardware adds to its immersive and visually stunning experience.

Casper Van Dien leads a diverse cast that includes Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Ironside. The performances contribute to the film’s appeal, with the actors embodying both the earnestness and absurdity of their characters in the satirical context.

While “Starship Troopers” received mixed reviews upon its initial release, it has since gained a cult following and is appreciated for its unique blend of action, satire, and social commentary. The film remains a touchstone in the science fiction genre, offering audiences an entertaining and thought-provoking exploration of war, society, and the human condition.

Fun Facts

  • Starship Troopers” is a 1997 science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein.
  • The film presents a satirical take on militarism and fascism, using a futuristic setting and large-scale bug alien creatures as the antagonists.
  • The production team used a combination of practical effects, animatronics, and CGI to bring the giant insect creatures, known as “Arachnids” or “Bugs,” to life.
  • “Starship Troopers” is known for its over-the-top action sequences and intense battle scenes, featuring futuristic weaponry and military technology.
  • The movie garnered a mixed response from critics upon its release, with some praising its satirical elements and visual effects, while others criticized its perceived glorification of violence and lack of depth.
  • The cast of “Starship Troopers” includes Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, and Neil Patrick Harris, among others.
  • The film’s screenplay was adapted by Edward Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original “RoboCop” film, which was also directed by Paul Verhoeven.
  • Despite initial mixed reviews, “Starship Troopers” has gained a dedicated fan following over the years and is considered a cult classic among science fiction and action movie enthusiasts.
  • The movie spawned several direct-to-video sequels, although they were produced with smaller budgets and received generally negative reviews compared to the original.
  • “Starship Troopers” has influenced and inspired other science fiction works and video games, demonstrating its lasting impact on the genre.
Starship Troopers

Additional Details


  • Casper Van Dien: Pvt./Cpl./Sgt./Lt. John “Johnny” Rico
  • Dina Meyer: Pvt. Isabelle “Dizzy” Flores
  • Denise Richards: Lt./Capt. Carmen Ibanez
  • Jake Busey: Pvt. Ace Levy
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Col. Carl Jenkins
  • Patrick Muldoon: Lt. Zander Barcalow
  • Clancy Brown: Career Sgt./Pvt. Zim
  • Michael Ironside: Lt. Jean Rasczak
  • Seth Gilliam: Cpl. Sugar Watkins
  • Bruce Gray: Sky Marshal Dienes
  • Marshall Bell: General Owen
  • Eric Bruskotter: Private Breckinridge
  • Brenda Strong: Captain Deladier
  • Christopher Curry: Bill Rico
  • Lenore Kasdorf: Mrs. Rico
  • Denise Dowse: Sky Marshal Meru
  • Amy Smart: Pilot Cadet/Lt. Lumbreiser
  • Dean Norris: Commanding officer
  • Rue McClanahan: Biology teacher
  • Dale Dye: Unnamed general
  • Anthony Ruivivar: Shujumi
  • Robert David Hall: Recruiter


  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producers: Jon Davison and Alan Marshall

Movie Trailer:

About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and