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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 for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it... See more »

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Ben Crandall
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Wolfgang Müller
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Darren Woods
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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
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Darren's Teacher
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Starkiller / Wak / Wak and Neek's Father
Karen Mayo-Chandler ...
Starkiller's Girlfriend
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Starkiller's Girlfriend's Father
John P. Navin Jr. ...
Couple at Drive-In
Mary Hillstead ...
Couple at Drive-In
Simone Blue ...
Snack Bar Girl
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Gordon Miller
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Charlie Drake
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Neek
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Fred Newman ...
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Joan Gerber ...
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Roger Behr ...
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Roger Peltz ...
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Marilyn Schreffler ...
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Jay Stewart ...
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Mrs. Crandall (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joe Dante

Written by

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Eric Luke ... (written by)

Produced by

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David Bombyk ... producer
Edward S. Feldman ... producer
Michael Finnell ... executive producer
Tom Jacobson ... associate producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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John Hora ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tina Hirsch

Editorial Department

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Saul Saladow ... assistant editor
Scot Scalise ... apprentice editor
Markus Schaub ... apprentice editor
Kathy Virkler ... assistant editor
John Wright ... editor: alien spaceship sequence

Casting By

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Susan Arnold

Production Design by

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Robert F. Boyle

Art Direction by

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Frank Richwood

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Rosanna Norton

Makeup Department

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Paul Abascal ... hair stylist
Rob Bottin ... special makeup effects
Scott H. Eddo ... makeup supervisor (as Scott Eddo)
Zoltan Elek ... special makeup artist: Rob Bottin Productions
Vincent Prentice ... special makeup effects artist
Bobby Belnap ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tom Jacobson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack Cooperman ... second unit director
Carol Green ... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe ... first assistant director
Eric Wall ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Henry Alvarez ... head sculptor
Rubin Andreatta ... greensman foreman
Mike Blaze ... assistant property master (as Michael Blaze)
Jeff Clark ... set painter
Ron Esposito ... paint foreman (as Ronald Esposito)
Sabino Ferullo ... construction foreman
Louis Frederico ... stand-by painter
Les Gobruegge ... set designer
Rainer G. Gruetzmacher ... construction foremen
Don High ... set designer (as Donald High)
Thomas W. Lay Jr. ... production illustrator
Daniel Maltese ... set designer
Larry McGuire ... lead man
Frank Mitchell ... greensman foreman
Gene Nollman ... set designer (as Eugene C. Nollmann II)
Phil Read ... construction coordinator (as Philip Read)
Miles Teves ... concept illustrator: Rob Bottin Productions
Tommy Tomlinson ... property master (as Charles T. Tomlinson)
John Lister ... propmaker: ILM (uncredited)
Paul Marco ... swing gang (uncredited)
Robert Misetich ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Dunn ... sound effects editor
Walter A. Gest ... re-recording recordist
Lisa Gilbert ... sound effects assistant editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. ... sound effects editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Doug Hemphill ... sound effects recordist
Ken King ... production sound mixer
Bonnie Koehler ... sound effects editor
Nicholas Korda ... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini ... Sound Effects by (as Mark Mangini)
Janet Fiona Mason ... sound effects assistant editor
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
John Pospisil ... sound effects assistant editor (as John P.)
Stephen Purvis ... adr editor (as Steve Purvis)
John Roesch ... Foley by
Robert Rootenberg ... sound effects assistant editor (as Robert Rootenburg)
David Schneider ... utility sound
Solange S. Schwalbe ... sound effects editor (as Solange)
David E. Stone ... sound effects editor (as David Stone)
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Douglas Vaughan ... boom operator
David Williams ... assistant sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley supervisor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Henry Alvarez ... head sculptor: Rob Bottin Productions
Max Alvarez ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Gary D. Bierend ... special effects technician
Sheri Brooks ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
James Clark ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Nick Delchev ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Kathleen Elek ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Alex R. Felix III ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Ed Felix ... mechanical effects supervisor: Rob Bottin Productions
Gunnar Ferdinandsen ... special effects staff shop supervisor: Rob Bottin Productions
Laura Filip ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Tamara Fites ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Eddie Garcia ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Clive R. Kay ... special effects contact lenses
R.A. MacDonald ... special effects coordinator (as Robert MacDonald Sr.)
Douglas R. MacMillan ... visual displays
Dan Martens ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Bob Means ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Richard Medina ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Becky Ochoa ... lab cosmetic supervisor: Rob Bottin Productions / special effects unit supervisor
Dennis Pawlik ... makeup/special effects / special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Dennis Petersen ... special effects foreman
Patrick Philben ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Art Pimentel ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Steve Prentice ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Tom Prossner ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Gordon Seitz ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Ernie Shelton ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Mike Sorrentino ... production assistant: Rob Bottin Productions
Wayne Strong ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Michiko Tagawa ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Jackie Tichenor ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions
Richard White ... project coordinator: Rob Bottin Productions
Willie Whitten ... special effects crew: Rob Bottin Productions

Visual Effects by

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Barbara Affonso ... model maker
Carl Assmus ... stage technician
Craig Barron ... matte photography supervisor
William Beck ... model maker (as Bill Beck)
Lance Brackett ... stage technician
Barbara Brennan ... visual effects animator
Harold Buchman ... digital artist
Dave Childers ... stage technician
Wade Childress ... matte photography
Donald Clark ... optical camera operator (as Don Clark)
Robert Cooper ... character miniature crew
Peter Daulton ... visual effects assistant camera
Dick Dova ... stage technician (as Dick Dova Spah)
Don Dow ... director of visual effects photography
Selwyn Eddy ... visual effects cameraman (as Selwyn Eddy III)
Bob Finley III ... stage technician
Pat Fitzsimmons ... supervising stage technician
Warren Franklin ... general manager: ILM
Joe Fulmer ... stage technician
Bill George ... model maker
Michael Gleason ... visual effects editor
Ellen Lichtwardt Goodchild ... visual effects animator (as Ellen Lichtwardt)
Ralph Gordon ... optical lineup
James Hagedorn ... optical camera operator
Bill Hansard Jr. ... process coordinator
Bill Hansard ... process supervisor (as Bill Hansard Sr.)
Toby Heindel ... visual effects assistant camera
Edward Hirsh ... stage coordinator (as Ed Hirsh)
Sandy Houston ... rotoscoper
John Howard ... senior digital artist
Paul Huston ... matte photography
Ed Jones ... optical lineup
Sean Joyce ... assistant matte artist
Michael Kory ... CG dream simulations
Brad Kuehn ... optical line-up
Tony Laudati ... character miniature crew
James Lim ... optical camera operator
Mike MacKenzie ... equipment supervisor (as Michael MacKenzie)
Jeff Mann ... model maker
Pamela Marcotte ... visual effects
Patrick McArdle ... visual effects assistant camera
John McLeod ... stage technician
Ted Moehnke ... stage technician
Jack Mongovan ... visual effects animator
Michael Moore ... assistant visual effects editor
Claudia Mullaly ... model maker
Bruce Nicholson ... visual effects supervisor
Phillip Norwood ... visual effects assistant art director (as Phill Norwood)
Paul Olsen ... main title designer
Michael Owens ... visual effects cameraman (as Mike Owens)
Ease Owyeung ... model shop supervisor
Michael Pangrazio ... matte artist supervisor / matte painting supervisor
Terrence Peck ... assistant visual effects editor
Chris Regan ... optical camera operator
Peggy Regan ... visual effects animator
Jay Riddle ... visual effects animator
Nilo Rodis-Jamero ... visual effects art director (as Nilo Rodis)
Thomas Rosseter ... optical lineup (as Tom Rosseter)
Randall Rudd ... digital artist
Wesley Seeds ... model maker
David Sosalla ... character miniature supervisor (as Dave Sosalla)
Mike Speakman ... stage technician
Peter Stolz ... stage technician
Pat Sweeney ... visual effects cameraman
Larry Tan ... model maker
Marc Thorpe ... model maker
Pat Turner ... visual effects assistant camera (as Patrick Turner)
Bruce Walters ... animation supervisor
Ralph Winter ... visual effects coordinator
Catherine Craig ... effects camera operator (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bradley Alan ... stunts
Janet Brady ... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
Jerry Brutsche ... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau ... stunts
Bill Couch Jr. ... stunts (as William Couch Jr.)
Bill Couch ... stunt coordinator
Bob Herron ... stunts
Lane Leavitt ... stunts
Kym Washington Longino ... stunts (as Kim Washington)
Patricia Madigan ... stunts
Bennie Moore ... stunts
Gary Morgan ... stunts
Alex Plasschaert ... stunts
Art Scholl ... stunt pilot
Michael Washlake ... stunts (as Mike Washlake)
Jesse Wayne ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric D. Andersen ... camera operator (as Eric Anderson)
Wayne Baker ... aerial assistant camera: second unit
Larry Barbier ... still photographer
Peter J. Breen ... dolly grip (as Peter Breen)
Norman Cattell ... first assistant camera
Al Contreras ... best boy grip
Jack Cooperman ... director of photography: second unit
Charles Correll ... additional photographer
Randy Glass ... chief lighting technician
Lloyd Gowdy ... assistant chief lighting technician
Hal Landaker ... video supervisor
Michael Liakos ... best boy grip
John C. Moulds ... first assistant camera
Robbie Robinson ... still photographer
Alfredo Sepulveda ... second assistant camera
Stephen St. John ... steadicam operator
Joseph A. Unsinn ... video technician (as Joe Unsinn III)
Peter Wagner ... key grip

Animation Department

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Peggy Regan ... animator

Casting Department

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Marcy Carriker ... casting assistant
Junie Lowry-Johnson ... casting associate (as Junie Lowry)
Amanda Mackey ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dallas D. Dornan ... costumer: men (as Dallas Dornan)
Shari Feldman ... costumer: women

Location Management

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Dow Griffith ... location manager
Michael John Meehan ... location manager (as Michael Meehan)
John R. Woodward ... location manager

Music Department

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Bruce Botnick ... music recording mixer
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Greg Fulginiti ... music engineer
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn

Transportation Department

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Dan Marrow ... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Steve Berens ... animal handler
Ray Berwick ... animal coordinator
Hilary Clark ... unit publicist
Chrissie England ... production coordinator
Carol Gans ... studio teacher
Mauri Syd Gayton ... assistant: Mr. Jacobson (as Mauri Blumenfeld) / production coordinator
Rhona Gordon ... studio teacher (as Rhona Gordon-Jepsen)
Alan Hoffman ... research assistant
Lisa Lynn Kearsley ... office assistant (as Lisa Kearsley)
Joan MacKenzie ... on-set manager
Betty Moos ... assistant: Mr. Dante, Mr. Finnell and Mr. Winter
Dennis Park ... assistant accountant
Sandra Rabins ... production accountant
Bryan Renfro ... dog trainer
Katherine Wooten ... script supervisor

Thanks

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Mary Kay Place ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The adventure begins in your own back yard. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Explorers - Ein phantastisches Abenteuer (Germany)
  • Exploradores (Spain)
  • Istraživači (Serbia)
  • Οι Εξερευνητές (Greece)
  • Los exploradores (Peru)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,607,340, 14 Jul 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was never finished, and was released as a work in progress when the studio decided to move up the release date and release the film as it was, telling director Joe Dante that he was finished and they were going to go ahead and release what he had at that point. See more »
Goofs When Ben and Darren walk over to Wolfgang's house, Ben is wearing brown corduroy pants. Then when they go down to the basement, he's wearing blue jeans for a few shots. And then he's back to wearing his brown corduroys for the rest of the scene. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Phoenix Portal (2005). See more »
Soundtracks All Around the World See more »
Quotes Ben Crandall: [to Steve Jackson, a school bully] Elephantitis is when something gets bloated and ugly like your ASS.
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