The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Starship Troopers

Do your part and enlist in Starship Troopers, an over the top war satire and the next entry in our Verhoeven Month and Frida After Dark series.

In 2197, all of humanity lives in harmonious peace under the United Citizen Federation: a global governing body. When an alien race from deep beyond our solar system suddenly and violently attacks a major city, the UCF deploys its military forces on a mission for payback. High school graduate Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien in a star-making role) enlists in the Mobile Infantry with his friends amid an ecstasy of patriotic fervor; their quest for adventure in the galaxy plays out against Verhoeven’s heightened and cynical sense of reality.

With supporting performances from Clancy Brown, Dean Norris, & Neil Patrick Harris, Starship Troopers is an astounding relic of late 90’s satire married with simultaneously awesome action filmmaking.


“Put together by Paul Verhoeven, a director for whom excess is never enough, Troopers does not fit any reasonable definition of a quality motion picture. But it certainly is a jaw-dropping experience, so rigorously one-dimensional and free from even the pretense of intelligence it’s hard not to be astonished and even mesmerized by what is on the screen.” — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

“Apparently lightweight as it is, this is one of the most successful screen portrayals of fascism there has been, because it is genuinely seductive, and you may have to stop and think about it afterwards to realise what it’s done to you […] Rarely is a film this smart and also this much fun.” — Jennie Kermode,

“War is gore. You or them. That message is the real strength of ‘Starship Troopers,’ although many may find it morally flawed. No matter, this is powerful entertainment that appeals to our most basic instincts.” — George Powell, SF Examiner