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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

In my Comic-Con delirium I think it’s more than possible I’ve missed one or two BTS pics. The fact that I have no idea tells you just how nuts this has been..

Back on the wagon for me. Today’s pic is from a childhood favorite of mine, Joe Dante’s Explorers. I remember watching this film a lot with Stand By Me because of the River Phoenix connection. I love the sense of wonder and the sense of humor at play here. This is a great kids wish-fulfillment flick. Who didn’t want to build their own spaceship growing up? Hell, I still do and am probably even less capable of making that happen than I was as a 10 year old.

So, check out the pic of Dante with young River. You can see Ethan Hawke peeking into the shot, too!

Thanks to Jelle Boucher for sending this along. Click to embiggen!



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  • July 24, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    BTSPotD is an AICN institution now

    by MotherPussBucket

    no need to apologise if you miss a few as its yours and yours alone Quint.

  • July 24, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Ethan's lunch

    by badmotherbox

    The image of young Ethan Hawke cramming a ham sandwich into his mouth as he launches into space is forever burned into my mind. Thank you, Explorers.

  • July 24, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Great pic

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Well done

  • July 24, 2011, 4:16 a.m. CST

    HARRY, where's the AMY WINEHOUSE article?

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Shame on you. Some of her songs have been featured in films before and you should give her her due respect!

  • July 24, 2011, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Whinehouse: Fuck that heroin addicted whore

    by Philbert

    She was a trainwreck, and just because her music was in some movie at some point doesn't mean she needs an obit here.

  • July 24, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Too much clutter here

    by James Stevenson

    Not enough for an Amy Winehouse obit. God loved (and took her too soon) the crazy bitch. She'll always be tops to me for ragging on Bono at some music awards ceremony in 2006. I hope she's getting HIGH as a motherfucker up in Heaven as I type this. She's probably laughing at all of us even now.

  • July 24, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    I had to kill...blah blah blah....

    by Dick Jones

    I think I can honestly say the BTS articles are now my absolute to Harry's "reviews".

  • July 24, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Explorers was awful!

    by Lourdes Galan

    I remember the horrendous alien song............ Aaaagh!

  • July 24, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Hey Wolfgang... WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR PANTS?!!!

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    Best scene - only on the VHS version, however. Its in the deleted scenes on the DVD, thankfully.

  • July 24, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Great fun til the last third.

    by Jason

    Great beginning, fun middle part, a bit of a letdown with the last 35 or so minutes. Felt that the aliens finally encountered were over the top & unbelievable. Great fun though. Incredible to think that 3 years after this photo was taken, River Phoenix would be nominated for an Oscar. Missed actor.

  • July 24, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Yup that's as boring a shot of explorers as I could imagine

    by UltraTron

  • rip

  • July 24, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    philbert, aka worthless scumfuck

    by LapdogOfSatan

    No place like aicn for bitter, pathetic cowards to spew bile at dead artists before they're in the ground. Something tells me no one of Tony Bennett's stature will be praising your value as an artist and a person when you die. Hopefully that's soon.

  • July 24, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I used to go to school with River

    by Rex Carsalot

    Nice kid. We had a couple of sleepovers when I was like five.

  • July 24, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    My 5 year old girl LOVES this movie!

    by ChickenStu

    She's always asking me to dig my old DVD of it out. IMO, it's a nice idea - but it gets stupid when they go into space, which is a shame.

  • July 24, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Not a good film

    by proevad

    Premise was just too fucking batshit.

  • July 24, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Oh and Amy doesn't deserve an obit on here

    by proevad

    just like Bruce's sax player didn't either.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Loved this movie as a kid


    But yeah, even back then I thought the aliens were too goofy and let the whole thing down. This is one of the few movies from my youth I think could actually benefit from a remake.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    I loved this movie as a kid too

    by Autodidact

    But it's one of those that when I got just a little bit older I started to find embarassing. Mainly all the stuff with the alien.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    It wouldn't hurt............

    by James Stevenson

    to make some small mention of Amy Winehouse.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    It's a shame about Amy Winehouse. It's a FAR bigger shame about the 92 dead at the hands of that evil right-wing racist motherfucker in Sweden. Priorities, AICN'ers, Priorities.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Norway - half-baked-goggle-box-do-gooder

    by Grace_Panda

    Geography, AICN'ers, Geography.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Re:Amy Winehouse

    by ChickenStu

    What the fuck am I going to do now with 90 spare tickets for Amy Winehouse's Oslo gig?

  • July 24, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Morrison, Joplin, Cobain...27....

    by welcometothepartypal

    You think she wanted to be in that league? I thought she was a talent, but not yet ready to enter the 27 club. I just wonder if that's something she thought of. Have not seen explorer's for years, but liked it back in the day.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    How the fuck did that guy go on a 90 min shooting spree?

    by Lucky13

    Were all the cops on vacation? Striking for more benefits? That's the most disgusting news I've heard in awhile. Sickening that any human being could be capable of such a thing, and frightening that a police force could be so inept that they allowed it to happen. 90 fucking minutes? 90+ dead? I just don't get it.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    A few of you are being a bit uncharitable re: Amy Winehouse.

    by Righteous Brother

    mind you, there's a lot of nasty cunts around these days, frightening really.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

    a huge car bomb had just gone off in the centre of town, they were busy dealing with that.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    lucky13... he was on an island

    by Autodidact

    And he just blew up parliament. He sowed some major confusion. It took the cops 45 minutes to arrive at the island and 45 minutes to subdue him after that. Compare this to the cops at Columbine who hung around in the parking lot for an hour while hearing kids get shot inside the school.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Explorers is awesome

    by elsewhere

    Though the ending fell pretty flat. Should have went for more of a Close Encounters of the Third Kind type ending instead. RIP River Phoenix

  • July 24, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by Caerdwyn

    She doesn't need an obit here. God. Was she a director? An actress? No. She was a mess. If she had a song or two featured in a film, well woohoo, good for her. I had a picture of my cock spliced into Fight Club, but I doubt I'll get an obit on AICN.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Lucky 13. Try reading the news before spouting off..

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    ...about inept cops you tosser. The scene was a small island holiday camp, hence why there were no cops to start with (and the majority of the nearest cops were dealing with the bomb he'd already set off at government offices on the mainland) and also hence why the twat was able to kill so many people - they had nowhere to go and he was picking them off even when they were in the water trying to swim to safety. What's rather upsetting beyond the horrific incident itself is that due to Norwegian law, the bastard can't get more than 21 years for it. But the cops in this incident were in no way to blame and considering the ones who responded to apprehend him were going up against a guy with an automatic weapon and who could spot them coming, you ought to be saying what brave buggers they were and not responding with typical anti-police fuckwaddery.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I'm not being uncharitable here

    by david starling

    But although Amy Winehouse songs featured in movies, they didn't make said movies "leap off the page" because of them, so to speak. I mean, she didn't have an effect on a particular movie, did she? Well, other than the rumblings regarding the Bond Movie. I mean, the connections of Amy Winehouse to the movie world are so tenuous, that anyone I guess could have an obituary here - why not have a obituary for Lucien Freud, the celebrated realist painter, who passed away on Wednesday here? I'm sure he had a lot of connections to the movie world, or at least influences for sure. In short, there are more suitable places for respect to be paid to Amy Winehouse (reputed music sites and publications). However, she had next to zero real contribution to the movie world, so that is why there hasn't been anything posted here. The end.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    And btw.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Explorers. Two thirds of a great kids film. Last third, awful.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    First 3/4 of this movie is one of my all-time favorites.

    by jimmy_009

    The last 20 minutes is horrific. Absolutely unwatchable.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Prime canidate for a remake

    by jimmy_009

    Although I'm sure they'd lose some of the charm and turn out like a Disney channel movie of the week. But this is the kind of movie that should be remade - flawed but with great potential.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Lucky 13

    by HapaPapa72

    Sorry, I'm still shaking my head about the poor little kid in Brooklyn who got lost and wound up dead and in pieces in some sicko's fridge. I'm a little behind on the latest senseless atrocity of the day. Oh yeah, I loved Explorers... I remember looking forlornly at my Commodore 64 wondering how the hell I could make my own floating bubble to fly around in.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I knew a lady who was an extra in Stand By Me

    by v3d

    She said River and Kiefer were really nice kids.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST


    by tomdolan04

    One decent album five odd years ago and you've got the sycophantic press here in the UK, that loved to roll out pictures of her perpetually pissed, describing her as a 'legend'. The Fern Cottons (where everyone is a LEDGE yo yo yo) and the weasel cast of BBC staff in particular. <p> To be honest, the media are probably loving this and I guarantee you'll have some execs at Universal secretly high fiving as they'll get to milk...erm re-release her back catalogue (all two albums and Z-sides of it) in loving cash i...tribute. <p> I saw her at a festival a few years back and she was shit as an artist live. Yes, I'm sure her soul was troubled and all that jazz but as an audience how long can you justify a drug addict being wheeled out to sing the four songs she's famous for (one being a cover version). I fully appreciate she had a good voice and you'll get people discussing the nature of addiction, but ultimately she pissed her fortune and support up the wall over too long a period. <p> I truely hope her death offers the regularly occuring message to addicts that no one is invincible and to not only seek help, but want to BE helped. I hope Amy Winehouse the person is at peace now, but don't ask me to mourn her passing as an artist. <p> Which radio station has the balls to play Rehab first?

  • July 24, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    AMY winehouse deserves an obit

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Where is it?!!!!

  • July 24, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    An obit for Amy Winehouse?...

    by jimmy_009

    Aside from the fact that she was an average talent who had one record and was never in movies to my knowledge... why would she have an obit here? She's not even a footnote in music history, let alone film. And from all accounts a crappy human being. No obits please.

  • July 24, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I'm not saying she deserved an obit here..

    by Righteous Brother

    As this is a movie web site, I DON'T think she deserves an obit here. In fact I'm not even a fan of her work, I recognise that she was talented though, I was referring to people calling her a crack whore, and that sort of stuff. The internet just seems to bring out a nasty side in people, I guess its the anonymity these sites afford people. I'm guessing that the nastiest bitches on this site, and god knows there's a lot of them, are the meekest, quietest mutherfuckas in real life.

  • July 24, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    still miss River, he was great

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Stand By Me is the obvious choice cause he was fantastic in it, The Mosquito Coast was another good one, as was Running On Empty. I still want to see what was filmed of Dark Blood.

  • July 24, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    So Harry gives the NAZI filmmaker Lenin Reifenstahl an obit but not AMY.

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Amy had her songs featured in many films

  • July 24, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck was Amy Winehouse?

    by disfigurehead


  • July 24, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Philbert

    Tony Bennet saying good things about her talent does not change the fact that she was a heroin addict and a gross pig. Kinda like your mom.

  • Seriously, when I was a movie-obsessed kid I must have seen that goddamn teaser 100 times.

  • July 24, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    I really liked EXPLORERS but I agree with everyone above who posted that the movie went a bit off the rails when they met up with the aliens. Outstanding concept and mostly great execution. I wouldn't argue against anyone who called this a classic, because I loved this as a kid, but I would hesitate to recommend that a friend watch EXPLORERS without some kind of qualification about the last quarter of the movie. However, I'd certainly recommend this to parents who want to show their kids something interesting and thought-provoking.

  • July 24, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by GeneralKael

    Leni Reifenstahl had a huge influence on film - regardless of her motives. Anyone who studies film would be aware of this influence, and I think marking her passing would be appropriate on this site - I don't think that would mean agreeing with her propaganda work. I'm just wondering, what movies Ms. Winehouse has contributed to? Is it just that one of her songs was on a movie soundtrack or did she write original work for a movie?

  • July 24, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Where is the River Phoenix Obit?

    by Philbert

    Just sayin.

  • July 24, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    This movie's on YouTube btw...


  • July 24, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    The journey being better than the destination-

    by Bad Wolff

    is the whole point of this film. You're SUPPOSED to think the aliens are kind of crap. They are. There's even dialogue between the kids about being disappointed now that they have actually met the aliens. Honestly, you guys need to do a little thinking about intent in film.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    The road is long, with many a winding turn...

    by Tom Quigg

    ...and at the end of that road is Robert Picardo, dressed like a snot and mugging as though his life depends on it.

  • July 24, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Great, great film, Explorers.

    by catlettuce4

    I loved it as a kid and love it today. But even as a kid I remember thinking the aliens were too goofy and spoiled the tone of the film. And yes, I think it could have been handled better and still worked as a story and a movie. I have no problems with the actual ending (post aliens) though. Great score by Goldsmith as well.

  • July 24, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Genderbender, you need to watch 'Cars'


    It's message is like, really deep man.

  • July 24, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    They don't make movies with kids like they used to.

    by kevred

    Or, for the most part, movies for kids, either. The corporate filmmakers seem to want kids to skip having imaginations and go right to the shameless consumption of marketed goods phase faster than ever. And I know, that's been going on for a long time now.

  • July 24, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Explorers- Yessssssssss. Love it!! Thanks Quint.

    by moonlightdrive

    One of my childhood (and all time) favorites along with Stand By Me. Ah, those were the days.

  • July 25, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by tristeele

    Love this movie so much. Probably my favorite of the kid 80's movies (Goonies, Monster Squad, etc...). Even with the goofy Aliens - just something about this flick has always stuck with me. I think it had one of the best soundtracks of all time as well.

  • July 25, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Good flick until last part. Then it was garbage

    by Knobules

    The alien thing was just horrible. Almost disgusting. Too bad since the buildup was great.

  • July 25, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Great movie, destroyed by a horrifying 3rd act

    by Billy_D_Williams

    This could have been a classic if not for the fuckin' weird left turn this thing makes in the 3rd act

  • July 25, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I always felt let down as well. The movie needs something.

    by UltraTron

    It was like building up to a deliberate let-down. All this preparation for what seemed like potentially the ultimate adventure. Then it's just an alien kid fucking around. I get that kids fucking around with science meet kids from space fucking around. But it's still like that line from back to the future 2 where doc brown says all this epic shit and you think the series is gonna get all cosmic. Then it just ends up being doc brown finding love.

  • July 25, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by Lucky13

    There were problems with transport to Utoya," where the youth-wing of Norway's left-leaning Labor Party was holding a retreat, Sponheim said. "It was difficult to get a hold of boats.

  • July 25, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    AHH -- FUCK ME

    by Lucky13

    AICN ate my post, and I forgot to fuckin' copy it first. It was long, fact-filled, and included quotes from the AP. To summarize, the police there come off as incompetent twits. Lots of amateur-hour excuses. 90 minutes for a guy to open fire on a large group of people, out in the open, is unacceptable. Their 911 type operators were telling the shooting victims to stop calling so the lines would be open for the bombing situation. Good call.