Explorers

  • U
  • Joe Dante (1985)
  • US
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This is a minor entry in the Joe Dante canon, but an amusing family yarn all the same. A pre-fame Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix team up with Jason Presson as a trio of kids who build their own spacecraft and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. The youngsters are uniformly excellent, Mary Kay Place and Dante regular Dick Miller stand out among the grown-ups, and the tone is refreshingly unpatronising and unsentimental. Kids will love it, while adults will enjoy spotting the in-jokes that Dante could not resist including.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. Ben Crandall teams up with his friend and computer whizz Wolfgang to put his dreams of space flight into practice.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ben Crandall
Ethan Hawke
Wolfgang Müller
River Phoenix
Darren Woods
Jason Presson
Lori Swenson
Amanda Peterson
Charlie Drake
Dick Miller
Mr Müller
James Cromwell
Mrs Müller
Dana Ivey
Neek
Leslie Rickert
Mrs Crandall
Mary Kay Place

Crew

Director
Joe Dante

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Fox-Rank
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Childrens
Drama

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