Explorers

Explorers (1985) Explorers

ENG

Ben Crandall is a young teen living in the suburbs of Washington DC who experiences vivid dreams about flying through clouds and over a vast, city-like circuit board…usually after falling asleep watching old sci-fi films (The War of the Worlds is a favorite). Every night, upon waking from the dream, he draws the circuit board. Ben shows the sketches to his friend, child prodigy Wolfgang Muller. At school, Ben develops a crush on Lori Swenson – but he isn’t sure whether it’s mutual. Both boys meet punkish-but-likable Darren Woods, with whom they share their circuit board-concepts. Wolfgang builds an actual microchip based on Ben’s drawings. The chip enables the generation of an electromagnetic bubble which surrounds a pre-determined area. As the boys discover, the bubble is capable of moving at near-limitless distances and speeds without the usual ill-effects from inertia. They construct a rudimentary spacecraft out of an abandoned tilt-a-whirl car; they name their ship the Thunder Road, after Bruce Springsteen‘s song of the same title. Their experiments with the Thunder Road draw attention from the US Government, which sends agents to scout the area for unidentified flying objects.

After Ben receives more dreams about the circuit board, Wolfgang discovers a means of producing unlimited sustainable oxygen; this means longer flights, whereas previously they were limited to whatever a typical oxygen tank could hold. They finalize their plan to explore the galaxy in search of alien life. The boys complete lift-off, despite interference from the authorities (one of whom silently wishes them well). Shortly after breaking Earth’s orbit, something overrides the boys’ personal computer-controls. The Thunder Road is tractor-beamed aboard a much-larger spaceship. The boys venture out to meet their “captors”: Wak and Neek: two green-skinned aliens whose knowledge of Earth comes almost entirely from junk culture, particularly TV reruns. The young explorers hit it off with their extraterrestrial hosts…who are suddenly intercepted by a larger-still alien vessel. Feigning an attack by space-pirates, Wak urges the boys to leave. They are in the process of doing so when they’re cut off by a gigantic brown extraterrestrial, this one bearing a close resemblance to the other two, who gestures furiously while grinding out barely-comprehensible alien language. As it turns out, Wak and Neek are brother and sister; they’ve taken their father’s ship out for a “joy ride”, sending the dreams to the boys in the hopes of meeting humans. Transmissions of old black-and-white movies have kept the extraterrestrial populace at a distance – except for the curious Wak and Neek – due to the humans’ depicted violent tendencies toward alien life.

Wak and Neek’s father allows the Thunder Road and its crew to depart, after Wak and Neek give the boys a parting gift: an amulet which, according to the extraterrestrials, is “the stuff dreams are made of”. The boys make it safely back to Earth, but a malfunction results in them crashing the Thunder Road into their neighborhood lake. Now they’re back to square one…or so they think. A week later, Ben has a dream at school in which he envisions another vast circuit board while flying through more clouds overhead. This time – thanks to Wak and Neek’s amulet – Ben is joined in the dream by Wolfgang, Darren, and Lori. They proclaim that the circuitry is “really complicated”, and wonder where this one will take them once they’ve constructed it. “…I can’t wait to find out.” Lori smiles at Ben while holding his hand.

Music by Jerry Goldsmith

ITA

Ben sogna di continuo di volare su schemi di circuiti stampati. Incuriosito, prende nota dei circuiti che vede in sogno, fino a quando, con l’aiuto di alcuni amici, non decide di costruirli. Scoprono così che l’apparecchio ottenuto è di natura aliena, e permette la creazione di una bolla di forza che contrasta la legge di gravità e l’inerzia, e che può essere controllata con il computer per viaggiare nello spazio. Mettono quindi a punto, a partire da rottami, un vero e proprio mezzo di trasporto in grado di volare sfruttando la bolla: creano così un’astronave, e guidati dai medesimi extraterrestriche avevano comunicato in sogno a Ben lo schema del dispositivo, riescono finalmente a raggiungerli. Ma il contatto non avrà l’esito sperato.

  • Molti i riferimenti ai vecchi film di science fiction “anni cinquanta”:
  1. Nella camera di Ben si vede il poster di Destinazione… Terra!;
  2. Il programma che Ben sta guardando in televisione ad inizio film prima di addormentarsi è La guerra dei mondidel 1953. Il classico della fantascienza viene citato più volte nel corso di Explorers. In particolare durante uno dei sogni dei protagonisti è ben visibile su uno schermo il braccio di uno dei marziani;
  3. Poco prima di recarsi in cima al tetto per guardare le stelle Ben sta guardando in televisione il film Cittadino dello spazio del 1955;
  4. Quando gli alieni mostrano ai tre ragazzi come l’umanità si sia dimostrata crudele con gli extraterrestri vengono trasmesse le immagini di vari film di fantascienza. Sono ben riconoscibili Ultimatum alla terra del 1951 (la figura incappucciata che subisce il colpo di pistola), La cosa da un altro mondo sempre del 1951 (il mostro che viene folgorato), La terra contro i dischi volanti del 1956 (l’UFO colpito dalla contraerea) e A 30 milioni di km dalla Terra del 1957 (la lucertola aliena che abbatte le rovine romane).
Musiche Jerry Goldsmith

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Explorers : The Making of
video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW-46Xul3sE

Explorers : The Construction of “The Thunder Road”
video link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F36SgQunezU

Explorers the complete soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith
video link : https://ok.ru/video/300740053630

Tracks list :

0:00 Main Title (unused version)
2:25 Main Title (film version)
3:20 The First Dream
4:19 Sticks and Stones
5:08 Lori, Intervention
6:00 Home
8:12 The Bubble
10:00 Sci-fi Flick, The Rooftop
12:08 Crazed Bubble, Fuze Box
14:55 Free Ride
18:30 Peek-A-Boo
20:37 The Prospect
22:17 The Construction
29:31 The Thunder Road
37:41 First Flight
41:49 No Air
44:54 I Want to Live
47:32 Time for Bed
49:00 More Dreams, Dreams
52:06 Fast Getaway
54:41 Let’s Go (probably the one you came for)
56:26 Wait Up
58:04 The Spider
59:52 Alien Love Call
1:01:39 We Come in Peace
1:06:42 She Likes Me
1:07:42 Neek Chords
1:08:40 Looks Real
1:09:39 Space Pirates
1:11:45 Gifts, Home Flight
1:14:25 Have a Nice Trip
1:14:46 Tannhauser Overture [Excerpt]
1:16:50 Space Movie (by Alexander Courage)

Complete movie ENG 360p link : https://ok.ru/video/87950953086

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