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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
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Wolfgang Müller
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Steve Jackson's Gang
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Lori Swenson
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Nasty Kid at School
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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
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Girl in Classroom
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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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The adventure begins in your own back yard. 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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Also Known As:

Explorers - Ein phantastisches Abenteuer  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The two "deleted scenes" on the DVD were part of the original theatric release, accounting for its longer playing time, 109 minutes compared to 106:25 for the DVD feature. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ben Crandall: Mom.
Mrs. Crandall: Yeah.
Ben Crandall: Remember that stuff you were tellin' me about your dreams and doin' what you want to do. Well, if I really want to be an astronaut and go out in space - and really do that, it'd be ok, right?
Mrs. Crandall: Sure honey, if that's what you really want to do.
Ben Crandall: Ok.
Mrs. Crandall: [hugs him] Sleep tight.
Ben Crandall: Good night.
[then, after she's left the room]
Ben Crandall: Bye Mom.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Less Than Perfect
by Gene Stashuk and Michael Becker
Courtesy of Red 7
Courtesy of 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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