15 certificateStarship Troopers is a Film programme that first aired in 1997 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Starship Troopers is a 4 star programme

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Starship Troopers (1997)

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven

Director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall) had two options when adapting Robert A. Heiniein's 1959 novel Starship Troopers for the big screen. Take the source material seriously, cast a line-up of talented top names, and produce a studied view of the political and sociological undertones of the novel. Alternatively, do the exact opposite and create the ultimate B-movie. Fortunately Verhoeven went with the latter option.

The story is set in the distant future and follows rich kid Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) as he joins the military in order to do battle with a race of super bugs who are threatening humankind. We see Rico and his fellow gung-ho recruits go through training in a brutal boot camp before being sent on their first mission to attack the giant killer bugs. When the mission goes wrong, the humans are forced to realise that their technically advanced weapons and tactics may not be enough to win the war against the vicious insects.

The film, released in 1997, is one big, tongue-in-cheek, silly, fun, thrill ride. Yes there are giant killer bugs, cheesy dialogue, poor acting and unnecessary nakedness, but when this is interlaced with excellent special effects, great action sequences and an overall sense of fun, the final result is an enjoyable sci-fi and B-movie cult classic.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 1997

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Casper Van DienCasper Van Dien...Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer...Dizzy Flores
Image for Denise RichardsDenise Richards...Carmen Ibanez
Image for Jake BuseyJake Busey...Private Ace Levy
Image for Neil Patrick HarrisNeil Patrick Harris...Col. Carl Jenkins
Image for Clancy BrownClancy Brown...Career Sgt. Zim
Seth Gilliam...Private Sugar Watkins
Patrick Muldoon...Zander Barcalow
Michael Ironside...Lt. Jean Rasczak
Rue McClanahan...Biology Teacher
Marshall Bell...General Owen
Eric Bruskotter...Sgt. Breckinridge
Matt Levin...Kitten Smith
Blake Lindsley...Katrina McIntire
Anthony Ruivivar...Shujumi
Image for Brenda StrongBrenda Strong...Cap. Deladier
Image for Dean NorrisDean Norris...Major
Christopher Curry...Mr. Bill Rico
Lenore Kasdorf...Mrs. Rico
Tami-Adrian George...Djana'D