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Explorers (1985)

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Ethan Hawke Ethan Hawke
Ben Crandall
River Phoenix River Phoenix
Wolfgang Müller
Jason Presson Jason Presson
Darren Woods
Bradley Gregg Bradley Gregg
Steve Jackson's Gang
Amanda Peterson Amanda Peterson
Lori Swenson
Danny Nucci Danny Nucci
Nasty Kid at School
Dana Ivey Dana Ivey
Mrs. Müller
Taliesin Jaffe Taliesin Jaffe
Ludwig Müller


Written by
Eric Luke Eric Luke
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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?
Release date: 12 July 1985
UPC: 097360167641
Tags: Adventure (12), Sci-fi (12), Comedy (9), Aliens (7), Fantasy (7), 1985 (6), 1980s (6), Space (5), Family (5), Alien (4), Students (3), Kids (3), 80's (3), Science Fiction (3), School (3), Slow (2), *saipal (2), ? Ending (2), 02 (2), 1980's (2)
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"FORMAT: 35mm CONDITION: ★★★½ NOTES: Opened on a rare, unofficial U classification card. First reel had focus issues, so the opening credits and the end of the reel where projected out of focus. The building of the Thunder Road faces sound system corruption issues, which are repeated in the reel in which Charlie begins his investigation up until the explorers take off into space. The bit in which the explorers name and christen the Thunder Road suffers from four cuts. DATE: May 20th 2023 "


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