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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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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River Phoenix, who had grown up in communes in South America, was somewhat unfamiliar with popular culture and slang words. During rehearsals it became a running joke when he would attempt scripted well-known words and phrases and usually pronounce them incorrectly. See more »

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When the boys are escaping the sinking Thunder Road, you can see a diver/crew member on the opposite side the kids are getting out of. See more »

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Wolfgang Müller: It's asking for coordinates on x-, y- and z-axes to locate a point in space relative to its terminal. How did you dream this?
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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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A decent movie about the Sci-fi adventures of three boys.
15 July 1999 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This Sci-fi adventure movie has a strikingly similar plot and theme to a movie which came out the same year, The Goonies. But Explorers lacks The Goonies popularity. Explorers is about a group of three misfit boys who build a homemade spaceship and travel into space. Although very far-fetched, the movie does bring out the sense of childhood adventure. This can best be seen when the main character (Played by Ethan Hawk) tries to persuade his two friends to explore the unknown. Sci-fi buffs should be sure to take note of the various scenes in which footage from the 1953 Science Fiction Classic, the War Of The Worlds, is shown. I think anyone who loves The Goonies will like this movie.


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