A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for 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
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Wolfgang Müller
Bobby Fite ...
Steve Jackson
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Steve Jackson's Gang
Georg Olden ...
Steve Jackson's Gang
Chance Schwass ...
Steve Jackson's Gang
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Lori Swenson
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Nasty Kid at School
Jason Presson ...
Darren Woods
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Mrs. Müller
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Ludwig Müller
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Mr. Müller
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Science Teacher
Tricia Bartholome ...
Girl in Classroom
Eric Luke ...
Darren's Teacher
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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 <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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You don't need a driver's license to reach the stars. See more »


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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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12 July 1985 (USA)  »

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Explorers - Ein phantastisches Abenteuer  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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When Robert Picardo was in full makeup and costume as Wak, his mouth was the only part of him not completely covered (though his mouth was made up to blend in with Wak's face). See more »

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When Darren puts the headphones on Wak's head, he puts them on the side of his eyes. His ears are much lower on his head. See more »

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Ben Crandall: I've waited all my life to say this.
Darren Woods: Be my guest.
Ben Crandall: We come in peace.
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »

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This Boy Needs to Rock
by Jack Blades and Brad Gillis
Performed by Night Ranger
Courtesy of Camel/MCA Records, Inc.
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Fun, imaginative romp
4 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a fun little story about a group of kids who are inspired by alien transmissions to build a spaceship from old junk parts. It features some of the early performances by Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, back when they were young and enthusiastic performers. I'm actually totally green with envy at River Phoenix's role; it's the sort I always imagined playing as a kid.

The climax is very similar to a classic Star Trek episode called 'The Squire of Gothos', and the effects and showmanship of this story is very cool. A great piece of entertainment.


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