History Film / Explorers

15th Mar '17 12:36:37 PM marcoasalazarm
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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Spaceship]]: The ''Thunder Road'' is made of an old carnival ride, some spot-welding, a 1980s portable computer, ImportedAlienPhlebotinum and a whole lot of prayer.

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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Spaceship]]: The ''Thunder Road'' is made of an old carnival ride, some spot-welding, a 1980s portable computer, ImportedAlienPhlebotinum (that the kids didn't know was unreliable until their first flight, and still is pretty complicated to fly) and a whole lot of prayer.
15th Mar '17 12:30:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Spaceship]]: The ''Thunder Road'' is made of an old carnival ride, some spot-welding, a 1980s portable computer, ImportedAlienPhlebotinum and a whole lot of prayer.
22nd Feb '17 12:18:03 AM gewunomox
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** The name of the ''Thunder Road'' is, obviously, from a BruceSpringsteen song (and mentioned as such in the story-it's a better name that the one the other kids could think of at the moment).

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** The name of the ''Thunder Road'' is, obviously, from a BruceSpringsteen Music/BruceSpringsteen song (and mentioned as such in the story-it's a better name that the one the other kids could think of at the moment).
17th Feb '17 4:25:32 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AbortedArc: The sheriff investigating the situation with the ''Thunder Road'', which among other things has him saying that he had also gotten the same dreams the kids have when ''he'' was young. After the ''Thunder Road'' takes off from Earth at the climax (with him seeing it happen), he doesn't appears anymore.
16th Feb '17 10:31:16 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ShowWithinAShow: See the "Stylistic Suck" entry.


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* ShowWithinAShow: See the "Stylistic Suck" entry.
1st Jan '17 5:53:05 PM Xtifr
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** [[CitizenKane Rosebud]] can be seen at the top of a junk pile when the boys build the Thunderroad.

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** [[CitizenKane [[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]] can be seen at the top of a junk pile when the boys build the Thunderroad.
31st Aug '16 10:44:30 AM AnotherGuy
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* AuthorAppeal: Dante's love of TheFifties science fiction and casting of Dick Miller.
18th Aug '16 1:05:26 AM marcoasalazarm
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* CallingMeALogarithm: An early scene has Ben calling JerkJock Steve Jackson as "having elephantiasis on his ego" (because he bullied Wolfgang) before class. GilliganCut to after class and Jackson [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating the holy hell out of Ben alongside his buddies]] because he ([[HandWave somehow]]) heard that Ben called him that, and not knowing what "elephantiasis" really means, just assumed it to be an insult worth beating someone into a coma over ([[RightForTheWrongReasons he's not completely wrong]], however the implication is that, Ben being one of the class "nerds", he was just looking for ''any'' reason to beat him up).
* CaliforniaDoubling: Ben's jacked clearly states that his address is in Maryland, but the movie was filmed in California. The vegetation is a giveaway.

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* CallingMeALogarithm: An early scene has Ben calling JerkJock Steve Jackson as "having elephantiasis on his ego" (because he bullied Wolfgang) before class. GilliganCut to after class and Jackson [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating the holy hell out of Ben alongside his buddies]] because he ([[HandWave somehow]]) heard that Ben called him that, and not knowing what "elephantiasis" really means, just assumed it to be an insult worth beating someone into a coma over ([[RightForTheWrongReasons he's not completely wrong]], however the implication is that, Ben being one of the class "nerds", he was just looking for ''any'' reason to beat him up).
up. Ben deciding to explain ([[DeadpanSnarker in the most insulting way possible]]) what the term means wasn't going to do him any favors).
* CaliforniaDoubling: Ben's jacked jacket clearly states that his address is in Maryland, but the movie was filmed in California. The vegetation is a giveaway.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[spoiler: The ship sinks and it becomes obvious Wolfgang hasn't saved any of the programming work at all on disk - everything was in the ship.]]

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[spoiler: The ship sinks and it becomes obvious Wolfgang hasn't saved any of the programming work at all on disk - everything was in the ship. The SequelHook scene at the end, however, implies that the kids will get either a new copy of the plans or maybe an upgraded version from his alien friends.]]



* SequelHook: The kids start dreaming again --all of them together, even Ben's crush-- of schematics, with the implication that it's an upgraded version of the force field system that powered the ''Thunder Road''.



* The name of the ''Thunder Road'' is, obviously, from a BruceSpringsteen song (and mentioned as such in the story-it's a better name that the one the other kids could think of at the moment).

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* ** The name of the ''Thunder Road'' is, obviously, from a BruceSpringsteen song (and mentioned as such in the story-it's a better name that the one the other kids could think of at the moment).
18th Aug '16 12:59:06 AM marcoasalazarm
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* CallingMeALogarithm: An early scene has Ben calling JerkJock Steve Jackson as "having elephantiasis on his ego" (because he bullied Wolfgang) before class. GilliganCut to after class and Jackson [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beating the holy hell out of Ben alongside his buddies]] because he ([[HandWave somehow]]) heard that Ben called him that, and not knowing what "elephantiasis" really means, just assumed it to be an insult worth beating someone into a coma over ([[RightForTheWrongReasons he's not completely wrong]], however the implication is that, Ben being one of the class "nerds", he was just looking for ''any'' reason to beat him up).



* JerkAss: The father alien.

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* JerkAss: The father alien. Also JerkJock Steve Jackson and his gang of goons (and the kid that ripped Wolfgang's pants ForTheLulz).
27th Jun '16 8:30:32 AM Mdumas43073
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Ben Crandall (Creator/EthanHawke) keeps having a dream about traveling over a circuit board. He then draws it and shows it to his brainy friend [[{{Geek}} Wolfgang]], who builds the board which is able to create a force field bubble. The two boys, along with help from their new tough friend Darren, decide to build a spaceship out of old amusement park ride parts that when used with their new found technology gives them the ability to travel into space.

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A 1985 sci-fi/fantasy film directed by Creator/JoeDante.

Ben Crandall (Creator/EthanHawke) keeps having a dream about traveling over a circuit board. He then draws it and shows it to his brainy friend [[{{Geek}} Wolfgang]], Wolfgang (Creator/RiverPhoenix), who builds the board which is able to create a force field bubble. The two boys, along with help from their new tough friend Darren, Darren (Jason Presson), decide to build a spaceship out of old amusement park ride parts that when used with their new found technology gives them the ability to travel into space.
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