I figured this would be an easy one, and it was. I consider this a good thing, as it encourages participation (and adding a prize didn’t hurt either, I’m sure). I had seven entrants, all of whom correctly guessed that the screen capture was taken from the 1985 movie, Explorers.
I find it amusing that, in a similar fashion to the image from the previous contest, the Apple IIc used by the kids to control the ship throughout the movie was never visibly plugged in to a power source. In the scenes shot in the basement of Wolfgang’s house, that makes sense – wires and outlets tend to be tucked away until the plot calls for them. But this IIc was magical. It even worked outdoors, sitting on a rock with no electrical outlet in sight.
At one point, Wolfgang pulls a 9-volt battery from a compartment in the monitor and explains that this is how everything is powered, which might make sense except that a single 9-volt cell obviously doesn’t provide enough energy to run an Apple IIc and even if it did, nothing is plugged into the IIc’s power input, as mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Ah, movie logic.
As an interesting aside, Explorers marked the first major roles for two of its young stars, Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix. It also featured an unrecognizable Robert Picardo in an early role. Several, actually.
Anyway, on with the show.
The winner of the 6502Lane Tuesday Trivia Contest, and box of Apple-branded 3.5” floppy disks is…
Congratulations, Joseph. I’ll be sending you an email shortly. To everyone else who participated, thanks for playing along. This was fun and I’ll probably do it again shortly.