Chazen Museum of Art | Cinematheque at the Chazen: Explorers (1985)

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Chazen Museum of Art | 750 University Ave. Madison, WI
@ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

USA| 1985 | 35mm | 109 min.
Director: Joe Dante
Cast: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson
Junior high-schooler Ben (Hawke, in his first movie), the recipient of interstellar psychic instructions for space travel, recruits nerdy pal Wolfgang (Phoenix) and tough kid Darren (Presson) to help him build a spacecraft out of a rusted Tilt-a-Whirl carriage. The boys’ odd and surprising journey beyond the stars and their encounter with alien life is rendered with a bounty of classic movie references and the usual satirical flourish that fans have come to expect from director Dante, here making his follow-up to the blockbuster smash Gremlins.