Joe Dante (1985)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


Three boys build a spaceship and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. However, the aliens responsible are not what the young astronauts expected them to be. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller and James Cromwell, as well as Robert Picardo in three roles.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Fox-RankAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Children's