It was produced in the early 80's, before i was born, but i still love the absolutely awful,spaceship-on-a-piece-of-string special effects, that 3 young friends manage to build and fly. there's ben, who dreams of being an astronaut (ethan hawke), wolfgang,a clever science nerd constantly picked on for his name and dress sense (river phoenix-yay!) and darren, who is a kid from the wrong side of the tracks everyone ignores-even his parents(jason presson). the 3 friends recieve a message from what they believe to be from outer space, haul some junk together and manage to fly around in it. it sounds simple, basic and predictable and may be to some people but is a brilliantly thought up movie with good jokes, songs and strong bonds of friendship. the other actors are outshined by river phoenix but all performances are strong and the friendship between the boys seems genuine. 5/5, worth every penny you're being asked to pay for it.