Starship Troopers

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, Carmen Ibanez gets stabbed through the shoulder when she is brought before the big master alien thing. If you were to sustain such an injury, there would be so much swelling, not to mention just destroyed tissue, that you wouldn't be able to move that arm for weeks. Yet a few minutes later, she is seen hefting around a very large assault rifle, and seems to have no difficulty. I guess it's a pretty standard action movie "heroes can temporarily ignore injury in order to save the day" kind of oversight, but it just seems exaggerated in this case, considering how severe the shoulder trauma looked. (01:48:15 - 01:53:40)

Continuity mistake: In the first battle with the Roughnecks, Rico, Diz, Ace, and the other guy are confronted by a bug and they shoot at it. If you look at where they are aiming they are shooting above it, but the bullets hit it in the middle. (01:14:20)

Continuity mistake: When Rico is defending the fort, he takes off his helmet to make a radio call and his hair is all weird. However, before placing the helmet back on, he is seen again with perfect hair.

Low Cow

Continuity mistake: In the first mission with the roughnecks Rico defeats the acid spraying tanker bug but when he's thrown from it and lands on his back his helmet chin strap breaks free and lands behind him. Next scene it's back on. (01:17:35)

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Continuity mistake: As the Roger Young is breaking up, the ship's captain is running from the bridge and falls down with the large door descending and striking her midriff. As it hits, she spews blood from her mouth against the side of the door in a arching/sweeping motion. When Carmen returns to help free her, the blood is not displayed in the same pattern, more concentrated to one area as opposed to swept. (01:44:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene when they are doing the live fire training course and the big guy gets shot in the head the bullets rip about 1/4 of his head off, but in the aerial view you can see his head is completely intact.

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Suggested correction: The bullet does not rip off 1/4 of his head. If you watch the shot in slow motion, the bullet goes into his eye and pulverizes the top left part of his skull. In the aerial shot it is clear the part of his skull that should be missing is indeed missing. At full speed the effect that shows the bullet entering his head has some unrealistic gore splatter that goes in all directions, giving the impression that the head was mostly blown apart, but it is quite easy to tell that's not what happened when viewed in slow motion.

BaconIsMyBFF
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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rico is first in boot camp and Dizz says she is being transferred to the unit, she gets ready to fight the drill sergeant. She drops her papers, her jacket, and her bag. It cuts away for a few seconds, then goes back to the drill sergeant and Dizz in fighting stance. The piece of paper is farther back than before, this can be overlooked because of wind, perhaps. But the jacket and bag are both gone. (00:25:55)

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Continuity mistake: Rico is running up the ramp to capture the red flag and drops his gun; it lands with the strap towards the top of the ramp. In the subsequent wide shot, the strap is towards the bottom of the ramp. (00:37:15)

jle

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Rico is getting ready to go to the end of school party, he puts on his black jacket and for a brief moment, we can see the collar is turned up at the back. During the following conversation with his parents he never adjusts his collar, yet when he turns his back, the collar is neatly in place. (00:12:35)

Continuity mistake: When Rico is typing on the computer to find out his math score, the close up shot of him typing on the keyboard shows a black long sleeve which changes back to a rolled up green button up shirt after he's done typing.

Joey221995

Continuity mistake: Regarding Lt. Rasczak - in the scene where he is teaching his students, you can see his left arm where it was previously amputated, and how close it is to the elbow joint. But later in the movie, when he is introduced to Diz, Rico, and Ace in the Roughnecks, you can see that his arm is much longer than where the amputation from the previous scene would have been, even with the "implant" hand that he now has.

Continuity mistake: At the scene where they get trapped at the fortress, you can see they are not shooting in the direction of the bugs. (01:31:25)

Continuity mistake: During the broadcast at the beginning, you see shots of soldiers behind the text on the screen before they go to the live feed from the battlefield on Klendathu. One is of Dizzy saluting Rico after he selects her as squad leader after he kills the giant, fire-spewing beetle. However, at the time of that broadcast, that part of the film hadn't even happened yet.

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Suggested correction: The broadcasts aren't chronological to the movie. This is proven by the fact the broadcast in the beginning also mentions the bugs send another meteor but this time they are prepared, since the previous one destroyed Buenos Aires. Also you see the live broadcast on Klendathu itself, which happens only later in the movie, which you then see in a different perspective. It is done intentionally.

lionhead

Continuity mistake: When Ace jumps the line at the M.I cafeteria and is confronted by Rico, Zim moves in from behind for a closer look but arrives at the same position twice.

Joey221995

Continuity mistake: When Dizzy fights with the sergeant, the position of the soldiers in the background changes between shots.

oswal13

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Dizzy says she is being transferred to the unit and she gets ready to fight the drill sergeant, the sun changes between shots.

ozwal13

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, Carmen Ibanez gets stabbed through the shoulder when she is brought before the big master alien thing. If you were to sustain such an injury, there would be so much swelling, not to mention just destroyed tissue, that you wouldn't be able to move that arm for weeks. Yet a few minutes later, she is seen hefting around a very large assault rifle, and seems to have no difficulty. I guess it's a pretty standard action movie "heroes can temporarily ignore injury in order to save the day" kind of oversight, but it just seems exaggerated in this case, considering how severe the shoulder trauma looked. (01:48:15 - 01:53:40)

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Johnny Rico: Never surrender. Never retreat. Never give up.

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Trivia: The view that people acquired citizenship and the right to vote through military service reflected the views of "Starship Troopers" author Robert Heinlein. His views were influenced by his years in military service during World War II, and what he saw as the supposed "laziness" of civilians.

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