Ethan Hawke
Director: Joe Dante Cast: Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke
, River Phoenix
River Phoenix
, Jason Presson
Jason Presson
Joe Dante




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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2019
UPC: 0032429333971
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 19,328

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
David Bombyk Producer
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Robert F. Boyle Production Designer
Omnibus Computer Graphic Center Special Effects
Dallas Dornan Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Eddo Makeup
Zoltan Elek Makeup
Ed Feldman Producer
Shari Feldman Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Finnell Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Tina Hirsch Editor
John Hora Cinematographer
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Tom Jacobson Associate Producer
John Wright Editor
L.A. Effects Group Special Effects
Eric Luke Screenwriter
George Robert Neson Set Decoration/Design
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Vincent Prentice Makeup
Frank Richwood Art Director
Jesse Wayne Stunts

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