Synopsis: Ben Crandall, an alien-obsessed kid, dreams one night of a circuit board. Drawing out the circuit, he and his friends Wolfgang and Darren set it up, and discover they have been given the basis for a starship. Setting off in the ThunderRoad, as they name their ship, they find the aliens Ben hopes they would find... but are they what they seem?
Director(s): Joe Dante
  1 win & 5 nominations.
109 min

Hey, you! You better get

out of here!

I'm looking for some

Pacific Tech professors.

There's nobody else

around here now!

- Hurry up, jump in!

- There was a girl with them.

- If I could find her!

- Come on, jump in, will you?

- She's kind of lost.

- You look kind of lost yourself.

I think I know where she'll be.

Come on! Come on! It's your last

chance to get out of here!


Wake up, Wolfgang, come on.

Wake up!



Jesus Christ.

Ben, it's 3:
00 in the morning.

This had better be good.

I just had one of those

dreams again.

I was flying. It was so real. It was over

this giant circuit board or something.

You know, I had a dream

that I was naked at school.

I had to hide in the bathroom.

- It was terrible.

- So anyway,

I drew as much

as I could remember,

and I'd like you to take a look

at it tomorrow, OK?


Can I go back to bed, please?

My mom's coming anyway.

Over and out.

The Martians had no resistance

to the bacteria in our atmosphere

that we have long since

become immune to.

Once they had breathed our air,

the germs which no longer affect us

began to kill them.

The end came swiftly.

All over the world,

their machines began to...

- Yeah!

- Come on!

Get up. Get up.

Kick his ass, man!

Come on, Jackie, kill him!


- Get him!

- Heard you called me

something funny, Crandall.

- Come on, get him. Let's go!

- What's so funny?

I said you had elephantitis.

Crandall, why can't you talk

like everybody else?

- Kill him, Steve.

- Get off me.

I mean, I don't like people

calling me stuff

when I don't know what it is.


Elephantitis is when something gets

bloated and ugly, like your ass!

- Come on, you don't learn, do you?

- Cut it out, Jackson.

- Who's gonna make me? You?

- Sure, elephantitis head!

Kick his ass!

Kick his ass.

Let's go, come on!

You can't get away from us now,


Go! Go! Go!


Everything OK?

This damn carburetor.

Must have rebuilt this thing

I just wanted to say thanks for

with Jackson and everything today.

Steve Jackson's a jerk.

He tries it again, I'll kick his butt.

You wanna come over to my house?

I just got this new tape

of This Island Earth.

- It's got this great saucer landing...

- Sounds great.

And it's got, no, it's got this big mutant,

with this, like, two brains.

It's really cool. You'd like it.

Darren! Darren, wait up!

How come you didn't stop?

Look, why don't you

just take off, OK?

I did you a favor, but I didn't know

you're gonna bug me about it

- the rest of my life.

- It's OK. Here, forget it.

Oh, no. My dad's home.

Guess he didn't get that job.

What does he do?

Hauls junk.

Is that your mom?


That's my dad's girlfriend.

She's OK.

Think I will go over to your house.

OK. Well, leave your bike here,

and we'll take the creek.

- Your folks fight a lot?

- My mom died when I was a kid.

My dad's OK.

Just isn't very lucky.

He always breaks things,

or loses them.

Anyway, he taught me how to run.

He can't catch me anymore.

- Your mom and dad still together?

- Yeah. I guess they get along OK.

They just talk about

the stupidest junk all the time.

Where are we going?

Oh, I just wanna see

my friend Wolfgang.


Oh, it's not his fault.

His parents won't let him change it.

You'll probably think

he's weird anyway.


He's been playing sick,

working on a project.

I wanna see how it's going.

If I had a name like Wolfgang,

I think I'd kill myself.

- Benjamin! Come in. And this is?

- Darren.


You only have to tell me once.

I never forget anything.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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