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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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...
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Lori Swenson
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Ludwig Müller
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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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Originally the film was going to be directed by Wolfgang Petersen, who wanted to film it in Germany. The studio balked at this decision. Petersen would instead go on to direct the 1985 science fiction film, Enemy Mine (1985), which was filmed in Germany and released by 20th Century Fox later that year. 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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Starkiller: Bloodshed is my life.
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All Around the World
by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as R. Blackwell) and Monica Millet (as M. Millet)
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Speciality Records, Inc.
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quite a movie to explore
14 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The '80s yielded a number of movies about kids going on adventures, but "Explorers" was something else. On the surface, it seems like any other movie, but the aliens aren't what anyone is expecting. Mostly, the movie is about Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke), Wolfgang Muller (River Phoenix) and Darren Woods (Jason Presson), and their fantasies.

And then there are director Joe Dante's touches. Dick Miller - whom Dante always casts - plays a cop who discovers the boys' spaceship. Robert Picardo (another frequent Dante player) voices one of the aliens. And of course Dante has many allusions to '50s B-movies. Maybe "Explorers" isn't anything special, but it's still pretty fascinating.


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