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Director of Starship Troopers


Paul Verhoeven

INFOCAPSULE: Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series"Floris" (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven's later films. Verhoeven's first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. "What do I See?"), was released in 1971. However it was his second, Turks fruit (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and De vierde man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film wasFlesh & Blood (1985), 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and especially Total Recall (1990) that made him a big box office success. Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: Soldaat van Oranje (1977) andFlesh & Blood (1985). He also directed an episode of the HBO "The Hitchhiker"(1983) TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano including the hit cult film Starship Troopers (1997) starring Casper Van Dien.


AWARDS (alphabetical):

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1998 Nominated Saturn Award Best Director
for: Starship Troopers (1997)

Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
2002 - Lifetime Achievement Award

Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival
1988 Won C.S.T. Award
for: RoboCop (1987)
1984 Won Special Jury Award
for: De vierde man (1983)

European Film Awards
2007 Nominated Audience Award Best Film
for: Zwartboek (2006)

1986 Nominated International Fantasy Film Award Best Film
for: Flesh+Blood (1985)

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
2008 Nominated FCCA Award Best Foreign Language Film
for: Zwartboek (2006)

Readers' Choice Award Best Foreign Language Film
for: RoboCop (1987)

Locarno International Film Festival
2000 Won Audience Award
for: Hollow Man (2000)

BAFTA Awards
2007 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Film not in the English Language
for: Zwartboek (2006)

DVD Exclusive Awards
2001 Nominated Video Premiere Award Best Audio Commentary
for: Total Recall (1990)

Daytime Emmy Awards
2001 Nominated Daytime Emmy Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
for: "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" (1999)

Saturn Award Best Director
for: Basic Instinct (1992)

Saturn Award Best Director
for: Total Recall (1990)

Saturn Award Best Director
for: RoboCop (1987)