Setting off in the ThunderRoad, as they name their ship, they find the aliens Ben hopes they would find So last night I eventually got to watch “Explorers”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. These two scenes were reinstated when it was added to Netflix. Ben shows the sketches to his friend, child prodigy Wolfgang Muller.

Your name or email address: Shortly after breaking Earth’s orbit, something overrides the boys’ personal computer -controls. This is the discovery that leads to him and Wolfgang River Phoenix designing an attachment to a computer terminal that creates a programmable force field bubble. Voyager” bald and his voice from “Totall Recall” I had difficulties actually recognizing him. Wak and Neek’s father allows the Thunder Road and its crew to depart, after Wak and Neek give the boys a parting gift: I was like Ben in the film, I found the aliens anti-climactic and silly.

Articles with short description Use mdy dates from December All articles with vague or ambiguous time Vague or ambiguous time from August After Ben receives more dreams about the circuit board, Wolfgang discovers a means w producing unlimited sustainable oxygen; this means longer flights, whereas previously they were limited to whatever a typical oxygen tank could hold.

It’s hard for me to look at it, cause it’s not the film I quite had in mind. Whlrl the boys find the old, discarded tilt-a-whirl ride car, they have a hell of a time getting it out of the junkyard and to the creek bed where they work on it. Everything they say is a quote from a television show or a reference to one: Another film that would fall into this category but is a very difficult film to defend is The Explorers.

Wolfgang builds an actual microchip based on Ben’s drawings. So when I started collecting 80s era movie novelizationsone of the books that was at the top of my list to find was the adaptation of The Explorers …. An movif was released on MCA featuring selections from his score plus mocie songs including “All Around the World” as performed by Robert Palmer – the Little Richard version is heard in the film. A rumor persists that the script for Explorers had been circulating Hollywood offices for years before it was made, and that it was bought by the studio because a scene of “children flying through the sky moovie bicycles” appealed to Steven Spielberg for his film E.


It’s quite a juicy setup: Dante liked what he read but didn’t feel there was a third act.

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If this is all a dream, what’s gonna happen when we wake up? Retrieved 12 March Explorers was released on July 12, on 1, theaters, which turned out to be the same weekend as when the Spaceeship Aid concert was being broadcast. A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities. Nasty Kid at School Dana Ivey Was this review helpful to you? But when I popped in the movie in after finishing the book I was astounded at how fast the movie moved, glossing over so much of the story.

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Oh well, I think times just have changed Only after reading the book have I gotten the feeling that the story was elevated up a bit, fleshed out more to how I remembered it. His ears are much lower on his head. The adventure begins in your own back yard. The studio decided to settle in the States with an American director and Petersen was not long after commissioned by 20th Century Fox to take over the production of Enemy Mine.


Like… ie… what would you envision happening instead as a for instance? There was something about the super-cartoon-y aliens at the end of the flick that tiot really ruin the movie for me.

When I first saw that film with two of my best friends, it captured our imagination. Steve Jackson’s Gang Chance Schwass I was like Ben in the film, I found the aliens anti-climactic and silly.

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This leads to a bit where they lose control of it and it rolls freely down a hill making a thundering racket and waking up all their neighbors. Kevin Thomas of jovie Los Angeles Times said, “Explorers” itself is bubble-thin, but it glides by gracefully on the charm of its three young heroes and their vividly envisioned adventure in space.

In fact a lot of the characters are shortchanged in the movie including Charlie Drake. Jul 1, Messages: What are the differences between the DVD versions and the original theatrical version? I believe the DVD has the 2 cut scenes as a special feature.

Though he does get pulled back into the fold as the story goes on, there are multiple places in the story where he basically tells the guys to take a hike. It was a good movie. Maybe they even glimpse an alien craft, much in the same way that they do at first in the book, but never actually make contact, leaving that yearning open to fulfill that exploration later in life.