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Explorers turns out to be much ado about nothing, but it's so sublimely assembled we're willing to overlook the sappy climax. Young sci-fi geek Ben Crandall (Ethan Hawke) (could he possibly be based on director Joe Dante?) would give anything to travel in space. Thanks to his computer-happy pal Wolfgang Muller (River Phoenix), Ben gets his wish, together with best bud Darren Woods (Jason Presson). In the Great Beyond, the boys encounter an extraterrestrial (Robert Picardo), whose knowledge of earth is limited to what he's gleaned from 1960s TV sitcoms (this is unusual?) Lots of outer-space fun ensues before the film's inevitable downward spiral. Moderately successful in theatres, Explorers had a healthy second life on video and cable TV, especially after director Dante rethought the film and rearranged a few scenes for better dramatic (and comic) impact. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1985


Ethan Hawke
as Ben Crandall
River Phoenix
as Wolfgang Muller
Jason Presson
as Darren Woods
Amanda Peterson
as Lori Swenson
Dick Miller
as Charles Drake
Robert Picardo
as Starkiller/Wak/Wak and Neek's Father
Leslie Rickert
as Neek
James Cromwell
as Mr. Muller
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. Muller/Freda Muller
Bobby Fite
as Steve Jackson
Mary Kay Place
as Mrs. Crandall
Karen Mayo-Chandler
as Starkiller's Girl Friend
Taliesin Jaffe
as Ludwig Muller
Bradley Alan
as Stunts
Brooke Bundy
as Science Teacher
Mary Hillstead
as Couple at Drive-In
Bradley Gregg
as Steve Jackson's Gang
Georg Olden
as Steve Jackson's Gang
Chance Schwass
as Steve Jackson's Gang
Eric Luke
as Darren's Teacher
Danny Nucci
as Nasty Kid at School
Meshach Taylor
as Gordon Miller
Simone Blue
as Snack Bar Girl
Tricia Bartholome
as Girl in Classroom


Joe Dante
David Bombyk
Ed Feldman
Eric Luke
John Hora
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Tina Hirsch
John Wright
Frank Richwood
Art Director
Tom Jacobson
Associate Producer
Michael Finnell
Executive Producer
Rosanna Norton
Costume Designer
Dallas Dornan
Costume Designer
Shari Feldman
Costume Designer
Rob Bottin
Special Effects
Jesse Wayne
Rob Bottin
Makeup Special Effects
Vincent Prentice
Warren Hamilton
Sound Effects Editor
Zoltan Elek
Scott Eddo