The New Cult Canon presents Starship Troopers!
by Dave Jennings Monday, June 6th, 2011 4:28pm
On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30pm, the AV Club and Music Box Theatre present Starship Troopers, the 1997 sci-fi alien war film from Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall and Showgirls. Nominated for both an Oscar and MTV Movie Award, the film bombed on its initial release, earning little more than half its 100 million dollar budget, but has since amassed a cult following and gained a reputation as a high octane satire on the state of modern warfare.
The cast includes future Bond Girl Denise Richards, this year’s Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris, Jake “Son of Gary” Busey, Golden Girl Rue McClanahan, and Casper Van Dien, who would later reprise his role of Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
A.V. Club critic Scott Tobias, author of the New Cult Canon column, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.
-Director Paul Verhoeven admits to never finishing the novel on which the film is based, claiming he read through the first few chapters and became both bored and depressed.
-A miniature Millenium Falcon can be seen on the backside of one of the starships’ bridges.
-More ammunition was used in this film than in any previous movie.
-Nearly every military uniform has WW2 German military and SS paramilitary uniform references.
Read Scott Tobias’ original write-up of Starship Troopers CLICK HERE
Watch the trailer for the 2005 Starship Troopers Video Game CLICK HERE