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Explorers (1985)

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
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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
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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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Starkiller / Wak / Wak and Neek's Father
Karen Mayo-Chandler ...

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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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Istraživači  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The computer Wolfgang uses to control the bubble and eventually the completed spacecraft is an Apple IIc, a computer released by Apple in April 1984 that sported a blazingly fast 1.4MHz processor and 128 kilobytes of RAM. 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

Wak: Its a brand new car!
Wak: The Rolls Canardly... Rolls down one hill CanArdly get up the next!
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

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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