1985 - 109 minutes - Color - Dolby - 1.85 : 1
US release date: July 12, 1985
Paramount Pictures


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?


Ben Crandall - Ethan Hawke
Wolfgang Müller - River Phoenix
Steve Jackson - Bobby Fite
Steve Jackson's Gang - Bradley Gregg
Steve Jackson's Gang - Georg Olden
Steve Jackson's Gang - Chance Schwass
Lori Swenson - Amanda Peterson
Darren Woods - Jason Presson
Mrs. Müller - Dana Ivey
Ludwig Müller - Taliesin Jaffe
Mr. Müller - James Cromwell




Director - Joe Dante

Writing credits

Writer - Eric Luke


Producer - David Bombyk
Producer - Edward S. Feldman
Executive producer - Michael Finnell
Associate producer - Tom Jacobson