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Explorers (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  12 July 1985 (USA)
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A boy obsessed with 50s Sci-Fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws to his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?



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Ben Crandall, an alien-obsessed kid, dreams one night of a circuit board. Drawing out the circuit, he and his friends Wolfgang and Darren set it up, and discover they have been given the basis for a starship. Setting off in the ThunderRoad, as they name their ship, they find the aliens Ben hopes they would find... but are they what they seem? Written by Liz Jordan <>

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Rated PG for some mild language and action, and a brief scene involving beer | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Explorers - Ein phantastisches Abenteuer  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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One of the movies that Ben watches is This Island Earth (1955). In that movie and this one, the character builds a device with help from an alien so that they may meet. See more »


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Darren Woods: She was a good ship.
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Amazing in childhood, and amazing still now.
7 January 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

wow. i love this film. i saw it when i was pretty young and absolutely loved it, as i do much of Dante's flicks from this time - The Burbs, Gremlins, InnerSpace - and i still love it to this very day. in fact, i understand the ending a little better now. i remember the ending being quite disappointing in some senses - the aliens just dont live up to the majesty that proceeds them - but this is exactly how the main character played by Ethan Hawke feels. So in some senses this could be seen as truly amazing film-making. But maybe i am being a little silly through my love of the film, which also i must add, has one of the best themes. A theme which only arrives half way through the film, when their craft is almost finished in its building. I love this film, but i can understand that some people may not enjoy it or even find it to be that good a film. I of course dont agree with this in any way - and less than 6/10? Outrageous. it deserves at least 7 anyway. But nevertheless, people have their opinions, and in mine i shall give it 8.5/10.

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