MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 123 this week

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 30,848 users  
Reviews: 94 user | 38 critic

In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 12 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 17 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 17 Jun 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Flight of the Navigator (1986) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Flight of the Navigator.

User Polls

4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Explorers (1985)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Bobby Fite
D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young boy is found wandering without any memory of who he is. A family takes him in and begin to look for clues to help him find his way home. In the meantime, they notice that the boy ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker
Short Circuit (1986)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg, Fisher Stevens
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Apartment block tenants seek the aid of alien mechanical life-forms to save their building from demolition.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Robot Johnny Five comes to the city and gets manipulated by criminals who want him for their own purposes.

Director: Kenneth Johnson
Stars: Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Tim Blaney
SpaceCamp (1986)
Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The young attendees of a space camp find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidently launched into orbit.

Director: Harry Winer
Stars: Kate Capshaw, Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. At first they fear it was a man, but when they examine the "body" they find it's a "... See full summary »

Director: William Dear
Stars: John Lithgow, Melinda Dillon, Margaret Langrick
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach
Stone Fox (TV Movie 1987)
Western | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Little Willy must win a dog sled race in order to save his grandfather's cattle ranch.

Director: Harvey Hart
Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Joey Cramer, Belinda Montgomery
The Quest (1986)
Drama | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

American boy, Cody, whoose parents have died, lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza. Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes accross some strange events ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Stars: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend
Short Circuit (TV Series 1996)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Stars: Alexandra Barnett, John Henry
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
...
...
...
Albie Whitaker ...
...
...
...
Jonathan Sanger ...
Iris Acker ...
Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty ...
Mr. Howard
...
Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin ...
Woman Officer
Ted Bartsch ...
Night Guard Brayton
Edit

Storyline

A 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It is no coincidence that at the time he "comes back", a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Er kam 8 Jahre zu spät zum Abendessen - und er hatte eine phantastische Ausrede... (He came 8 years too late for dinner - and he had a fantastic excuse...) See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del navegante  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,564,613 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The second film released under the Disney banner to contain profanity. The word "shit" is said twice. Then Mr. Freeman calls Dr. Faraday a bastard when Carolyn tells them David took off in the ship. See more »

Goofs

When David first sees the Puckmarin, the strings used to make it move are clearly visible, especially on the right. See more »

Quotes

[Alien eats David's hat]
Max: That could have been your head David.
See more »


Soundtracks

Count On Me
Written by Jesse Barrish
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Where did Disney come up with this?! It's (gasp) original!
14 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

You know the drill: 12 year old David falls into a ravine in the woods and discovers when he wakes up that he's been missing for eight years. He also discovers that he's hearing voices that seem to come from a mysterious craft housed in a NASA hangar.

My two cents worth: In a time when all the live action Disney movies seem to be a variant on "I was normal but just discovered I am/have just been mistaken for royalty/merperson/rock star/leprechaun/etc., this movie from the 1980's is a real breath of fresh air.

The scenario, waking up and discovering that everything except you has changed, and knowing you'll be somebody's idea of a guinea pig for the rest of your life, is instantly relatable and creepy, whether you're a kid or an adult. The kid fainting, the change in the two brother's relationship due to the age flop, parents trying to protect their son, government trying to exploit the kid's knowledge, everyone's reactions to the situation are all logical and believable.

And who hasn't wanted a chance to fly a saucer? Having Max, the ship's pilot, be a robot was another stroke of brilliance. So many movies have the aliens flying all the way here to come visit us face to face. But if we send machines to other planets because it's cheaper than going ourselves, why wouldn't they? And having him learn about Earth courtesy of a 12-year-old's TV polluted brain was hysterical.

The movie seems a little dated today; but it's forgivable because, like Back to the Future, it's set so specifically in a certain frame of time (you expect it to look and sound like 1986 because, hey, they keep telling you that's when it is.)

Recommendations: Back to the Future and Big are the two I can think of that are most along these lines.


66 of 75 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Time Travel PhrenicGermal
Filming locations chetw74
Paradox?? realniceclark
Disney? Not Disney? pstanward
best movie ever nu1421
the ship and the way Disney is treating it. KornInAKilt
Discuss Flight of the Navigator (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?