I had actually completely forgotten about Joe Dante’s EXPLORERS until just this moment, but it all came flooding back immediately. The 1985 coming-of-age sci-fi film starred Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, and Jason Presson as three young teenagers who came together to build a spaceship after one of them had recurring dreams about a blueprint of some kind. The film eventually gathered a cult following but was considered a box-office flop as Paramount Pictures forced Dante to finish the film before he was ready. Read More here



The 1985 film Explorers is one of those movies that’s friends talk about in secret. If you’ve seen it, you probably love it. If you haven’t, it’s a movie you have to share. And that makes sense considering it was made by Gremlins director Joe Dante and stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. Read More: // here



Actress Amanda Peterson, best known for her role opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 movie “Can’t Buy Me Love,” has died, her mother, Sylvia Peterson, said. “She died on Friday morning. It’s a big loss. Such a loveable person,” Peterson said. “She had some medical problems with her heart but we don’t know the cause yet.” She worked alongside River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke in the 1985 fantasy movie “Explorers,” but her most well known role would come two years later when she got the lead in the romantic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love.” She played the the most popular girl in high school, who is paid $1,000 by the class outcast to hang out with him. Eventually they fall in love. The outcast was played by Patrick Dempsey. Read More: // here

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