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?
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
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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 »
On the maiden voyage of the Thunder Road, right after the sphere-field activates, the camera cuts to the front of the ship for a brief second and a half, and we can see the boys, mainly River Phoenix in the middle, waving their hands very enthusiastically and out of character for the scene. It's possible that this was an outtake that was cut into the film by mistake. Joe Dante has always said that due to studio pressure, the film released is basically a rough cut. See more »
[to Steve Jackson, a school bully]
Elephantitis is when something gets bloated and ugly like your ASS.
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The Home Video and Cable-TV versions are re-edited by director 'Joe Dante' and are two-minutes shorter than the original theatrical release. One of the missing scenes from the Home Video release has 'Ben[E. Hawke]' and 'Wolfgang[R. Phoenix]' walking to school and discussing the strange dreams 'Ben's' been having. 'Ben' then shows 'Wolfgang' the circuit diagram drawing that he dreamt the previous night. 'Wolfgang' then offers to input the diagram into his Apple IIc computer. The two then start talking about school-bully 'Steve Jackson.' It's here when we first hear 'Ben' comments/mention, quote: "Steve Jackson has elephantitis of the ego!" This is the reason why 'Ben' is later punched by 'Jackson'in another scene. The music on the soundtrack album called "Sticks And Stones" is about two minutes and this is the music which accompanies the missing scene. See more »
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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