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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When Robert Picardo was in full makeup and costume as Wak, his mouth was the only part of him not completely covered (though his mouth was made up to blend in with Wak's face). See more »
When the spaceship "Thunder Road" crashes through a building, it is supposed to be encased in an impenetrable force field. Yet debris and rubble is shown directly on the surface of the ship. See more »
[to Steve Jackson, a school bully]
Elephantitis is when something gets bloated and ugly like your ASS.
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The original cinematic release includes another small scene cut from the movie. After Ben, Wolfgang and Darren have decided the Tilt-a-Whirl they found in the junkyard is an appropriate shell for their "spacecraft." The scene that follows it has the boys pushing the Tilt-a-Whirl to the top of a hill and chasing after it frantically as it rolls down the other side. It rolls off of the street and lands in the ditch that runs along the Mueller's property. The movie resumes with the boys pushing it farther along down the ditch until it comes to rest near the Mueller's house. See more »
A great movie, the sci-fi Goonies, if you will. Maybe it's because "Explorers" only sports three main characters, and "The Goonies" has seven (plus Sloth) ... but I'd hold this movie up with that one any day.
The humor comes from strange places, and truly lands in bizarro world during the last act, but it captured my imagination seamlessly when I first saw it at the age of eleven. I'm older now, so maybe it's just nostalgia, but if you're into the whole 1980's retro thing, this belongs in your collection with the rest of the Disney-ish buddy movies. Clever idea, and one of the last good movies Joe Dante made. Having a cast like that, though, sure doesn't hurt.
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