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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Crandall
Wolfgang Müller
Bobby Fite ...
Steve Jackson
Steve Jackson's Gang
Georg Olden ...
Steve Jackson's Gang
Chance Schwass ...
Steve Jackson's Gang
Lori Swenson
Nasty Kid at School
Jason Presson ...
Darren Woods
Mrs. Müller
Ludwig Müller
Mr. Müller
Science Teacher
Tricia Bartholome ...
Girl in Classroom
Eric Luke ...
Darren's Teacher


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sound effects from the movie at the drive-in were taken directly from the original 1982 Atari 2600 video game Yars' Revenge (1981). See more »


During the maiden voyage of the Thunder Road, Wolfgang removes his glasses and puts them in his jacket/shirt pocket before putting on his gas mask. After putting on the mask his glasses are back on underneath it and he is not seen putting them on. See more »


Ben Crandall: What's that?
Wak: Uhh... Space Pirates.
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References Lassie (1954) See more »


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by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as R. Blackwell) and Monica Millet (as M. Millet)
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Fantastic, imaginative, entertaining--halfway through.
7 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Explorers as a kid, sparked all the things I loved about freedom, and adventure. I was always into space, sci-fi, computers, and aliens even at a young age, and this film does a great job geeking any kid out when it comes to science, space, and adventure. I love how one of the kids had a dream about designing a circuit board, and after creating it realizes it creates a spherical force field that has virtually no speed limit, and is impossible to slow down (blasting through an entire stack of books with ease, leaving a perfect hole).

Although, once the kids get through the testing phase of the force field, and build the ship from old carnival rides (tea-cup thingie)--the movie takes another turn. Although still fun, the writer and/or director seem to lose track of the original flare, and the movie begins to wander off into a more childish, meaningless Hollywood push-out.

Over all, the film is very entertaining. I just Netflixed it so that my girlfriend could see it, and I could reminisce. It is one of my favorite childhood movies (along side the original Neverending Story).


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