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Explorers (1985)
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Explorers (1985) This adventurous space tale stars Ethan Hawke and young star River Phoenix as misfit best friends whose dreams of space travel become a reality when they create an interplanetary spacecraft in their homemade laboratory. Ben Crandall is a young visionary who dreams of space travel while watching late-night B monster movies, pouring over comic books, and playing Galaga in the confines of his bedroom. But one night he has a vivid dream of flying over a space-like circuit board and shares his visions with his best friend Wolfgang, a young scientific genius who is able to translate his dreams into a complex computer program that actually works. With the help of their new friend, they create a homemade spacecraft and embark on a secret adventure to another galaxy where they find that things are not always as different as they seem.

Movie Tagline:
You don't need a driver's license to reach the stars.

Title: Explorers
Release Date: July 12, 1985
Runtime: 109 mins
Genre: Family
All Genres: Family, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure
Languages: English, German
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: PG

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for some mild language and action, and a brief scene involving beer. (special home entertainment version)

Joe Dante

Ethan Hawke ...Ben Crandall
River Phoenix ...Wolfgang Muller
Bobby Fite ...Steve Jackson
Bradley Gregg ...Steve Jackson's Gang
Georg Olden ...Steve Jackson's Gang
Chance Schwass ...Steve Jackson's Gang
Amanda Peterson ...Lori Swenson
Danny Nucci ...Nasty Kid at School
Jason Presson ...Darren Woods
Dana Ivey ...Mrs. Muller
Taliesin Jaffe ...Ludwig Muller
James Cromwell ...Mr. Muller
Brooke Bundy ...Science Teacher
Tricia Bartholome ...Girl in Classroom
Eric Luke ...Darren's Teacher
Robert Picardo ...Starkiller / Wak / Wak and Neek's Father
Karen Mayo Chandler ...Starkiller's Girlfriend
Robert F. Boyle ...Starkiller's Girlfriend's Father
John P. Navin Jr. ...Couple at Drive-In
Mary Hillstead ...Couple at Drive-In
Simone Blue ...Snack Bar Girl
Meshach Taylor ...Gordon Miller
Dick Miller ...Charlie Drake
Leslie Rickert ...Neek
Frank Welker ...Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Fred Newman ...Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Joan Gerber ...Special Vocal Effects (voice) (as Joanie Gerber)
Belinda Balaski ...Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Roger Behr ...Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Roger Peltz ...Special Vocal Effects (voice)

» [more cast members]

David Bombyk
Edward S. Feldman
Michael Finnell
Tom Jacobson

Eric Luke

Jerry Goldsmith

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More Movie Taglines:
  • You don't need a driver's license to reach the stars.
  • The adventure begins in your own back yard.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Wak: Look, I know I must look weird to you but how do you think you look to me? Listen, I watched four episodes of "Lassie" before I figured out why the little hairy kid never spoke. I mean, he rolled over, sure, he did that fine but, I don't think he deserved a series for that.
  • Ben Crandall: [to Steve Jackson, a school bully] Elephantitis is when something gets bloated and ugly like your ASS.
  • Ben Crandall: [stuttering, astounded at the violent film footage] But thi - see, this isn't real! A-a-and we don't really kill people! Well, we do, b-but n-not aliens, 'cause we haven't met any!
  • Ben Crandall: He's about to say something. Wak: [in Bugs Bunny's voice] Ehhhhhhhhhhh, what's up doc? Ben Crandall: [long pause] What?
  • Darren Woods: [about "beings" on other planets] Maybe it's a bunch of Amazon rainforest women that wanna breed a new race. Wolfgang Müller: You pervert.
Movie Trivia:
  • As the boys look through the junkyard for the pieces for their ship, Rosebud (the sled from Citizen Kane (1941)) can be seen sitting at the top of a pile.
  • The view of the "city lights" is a model which includes a suburb that looks suspiciously like a circuit diagram, complete with logic gates and an integrated circuit.
  • When the helicopter pilot looks the newspaper, one of the headlines says "Kingston Falls 'Riot' Still Unexplained". Kingston Falls was the town where the events in Gremlins (1984) (also directed by Joe Dante), took place.
  • The boys attend "Charles M. Jones Junior High School". The school is named after animator Chuck Jones.
  • The sound effects from the movie at the drive-in were taken directly from Yars' Revenge (1981) (VG), an Atari video game.
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