Starship Troopers

Director:Paul Verhoeven
Writer:Edward Neumeier
Director of Photography:Jost Vacano
Editors:Mark Goldblatt and Caroline Ross
Music:Basil Poledouris
Production Designer:Allan Cameron
Producers:Alan Marshall and Jon Davison
Tristar; R; 129 minutes
Cast:Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Seth Gilliam, Patrick Muldoon, Michael Ironside, Rue McClanahan, Marshall Bell, Eric Bruskotter, Matt Levin, Blake Lindsley, Anthony Michael Ruivivar, Brenda Strong and Dean Norris
Based on a book by Robert A. Heinlein

They're young, they're beautiful, they fight giant bugs. Starship Troopers follows the life of Johnny Rico (Van Dien), a soldier in the Mobile Infantry during the “Bug War,” a battle between humans and a race of insects half a galaxy away. Men and women fight (and shower) side by side in the Mobile Infantry (unlike the book, which was written in the 50s). The movie also throws in a tragic love story. While Heinlein's book takes a thoughtful and intellectual look at life in a futuristic combat unit and explores the nature of citizenship, the movie concentrates on graphically violent scenes punctuated by inane commercial-like interludes.

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