Explorers

Two young boys, a dreamer (Ethan Hawke) and a nerdy science genius type (River Phoenix), manage, through combining their talents and happening upon an unusual discovery, to fashion a homemade spacecraft.

With:
Ethan Hawke River Phoenix Jason Presson Amanda Peterson Dick Miller Robert Picardo

Two young boys, a dreamer (Ethan Hawke) and a nerdy science genius type (River Phoenix), manage, through combining their talents and happening upon an unusual discovery, to fashion a homemade spacecraft.

In league with a lower-class misfit (Jason Presson) who falls in with them, the lads inventively use a leftover Tilt-A-Whirl as their basic chassis and elaborate upon their design with spare parts of all kinds.

Along with their extracurricular Advanced Shop work, opening hour is occupied with passable but far from original stuff devoted to bullies vs nerds, puppy love and schoolroom antics.

Throughout, director Joe Dante and writer Eric Luke load the proceedings with references to sci-fiers of an earlier day, such as War of the Worlds, This Island Earth, Journey to the Center of the Earth and many others, but this is nothing compared to what happens when the trio of youngsters finally take off into outer space and make contact with an alien race.

Explorers

Production: Paramount/Industrial Light & Magic. Director Joe Dante; Producer Edward S. Feldman, David Bombyk; Screenplay Eric Luke; Camera John Hora; Editor Tina Hirsch; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Robert F. Boyle

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 109 MIN.

With: Ethan Hawke River Phoenix Jason Presson Amanda Peterson Dick Miller Robert Picardo

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