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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
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Steve Jackson's Gang
Georg Olden ...
Steve Jackson's Gang
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Explorers - Ein phantastisches Abenteuer  »

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There are numerous references to Looney Tunes cartoons throughout. When the boys create the sphere in Wolfgang's basement and it goes crashing out a window, the imprint in the glass looks suspiciously like Bugs Bunny's head. Also, Wak's first words to Ben and Darren are "What's up Doc?". 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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Ben Crandall: What's that?
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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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