Behind The Scenes: Explorers (1985)

A big thanks to Jason Presson’s Tumblr page for this fantastic behind the scenes shot on the set of Joe Dante’s Explorers from back in 1985. Though this film experience has left a bad taste in Mr. Dante’s mouth, the studio decided to move the release date up and told the Director that his film was now finished, so what we have seen really adds up to kind of a work in progress.

Still it is great to see Joe Dante smiling with his cast of young explorers on the set back in 1985.

Image courtesy of Jason Presson. From Left to Right: River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Joe Dante, and Bobby Fite.

Image courtesy of Jason Presson. From Left to Right: River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Joe Dante, and Bobby Fite.

One can only hope that at some point using digital technology that Joe Dante will be afforded the opportunity to finish his film. At the very least we have an enjoyable if flawed Sci-Fi movie and a really awesome music video by the late great Robert Palmer.

[Via] Retro Vault

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes: Explorers (1985)

  1. zelig says:

    I’d really like to see a special edition directors cut of Explorers. I’ve met a number of people who also love the movie but we usually tend to agree, “Oh man, I just turn it off as soon as they enter the spaceship and pretend the last 15 minutes didn’t happen”. It was eye opening when I learned Dante ran out of time and agrees with the sentiment.

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