Starship Troopers (film) A handful of dedicated young soldiers must rise to the challenge of intergalactic warfare against a species of terrifying giant alien insects that threaten to eliminate the human race. Johnny Rico, a Mobile Infantry squad leader, who is disillusioned and about to resign, finds his home city attacked and destroyed, so he determines to remain in the Mobile Infantry and fight to destroy the insect threat to human civilization. A co-production of Tristar and Touchstone Pictures, distributed abroad by Buena Vista International. Released in the U.S. on November 7, 1997. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Stars Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico), Dina Meyer (Dizzy Flores), Denise Richards (Carmen Ibanez), Jake Busey (Ace Levy), Neil Patrick Harris (Carl Jenkins), Michael Ironside (Jean Rasczak). 129 min. From the novel by Robert A. Heinlein.