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Explorers [1985] (1 disc)

Director:Joe Dante
Writer:Eric Luke
Composer:Jerry Goldsmith
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:SciFi
Sorting Tub:India
IMDB Rating:6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: One kid's dreams reveal the secret to an amazing discovery.

Reaction: Enjoyable and fun. It loses a little focus toward the end, however, as the studio decided to rush the director's rough cut to print.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Joe Dante => Director
Eric Luke => Writer
Jerry Goldsmith => Composer
Amanda Peterson => Lori Swenson
Bobby Fite => Steve Jackson
Brooke Bundy => Science Teacher
Dana Ivey => Mrs. Müller
Dick Miller => Charlie Drake
Ethan Hawke => Ben Crandall
Frank Welker => Special Vocal Effects (voice)
James Cromwell => Mr. Müller
Jason Presson => Darren Woods
Karen Mayo-Chandler => Starkiller's Girlfriend
Leslie Rickert => Neek
River Phoenix => Wolfgang Müller
Robert Picardo => Starkiller / Wak / Wak and Neek's Father
Taliesin Jaffe => Ludwig Müller

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although Robert Picardo received the actor credit for the father alien, his voice was actually provided by Frank Welker.
  • River Phoenix, who had grown up in communes in South America, was somewhat unfamiliar with popular culture and slang words. During rehearsals it became a running joke when he would attempt scripted well-known words and phrases and usually pronounce them incorrectly.
  • At one point, the boys are watching at the Drive In a movie featuring a spacefaring hero named Starkiller. George Lucas originally intended the lead character of his movie Star Wars to be called Luke Starkiller until he changed it to Skywalker at the last minute.
  • Wolfgang's "talking" rat is named Heinlein, after science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein, who wrote many stories about young boys experimenting with spaceflight.
  • The ranting and raving of Wak and Neek's Dad is peppered with just barely recognizable bits of English including "You have no respect for authority!" and "Wolfgang? Who the hell is Wolfgang?"
  • 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.
  • The school, Charles M. Jones Junior High School at 07:14 on the DVD, is named after animator Chuck Jones.
  • A newspaper headline says "Kingston Falls 'Riot' Still Unexplained". Kingston Falls was the town where the events in Gremlins (also directed by Joe Dante), took place.
  • Look for Rosebud, the sled from Citizen Kane, in the junkyard sequence. As the camera pans at one point, you can clearly see the sled at 30:06 on the DVD.
  • River Phoenix originally auditioned for the role of Darren Woods.