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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

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Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
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Albie Whitaker ...
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Jonathan Sanger ...
Iris Acker ...
Richard Liberty ...
Mr. Howard
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Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin ...
Woman Officer
Ted Bartsch ...
Night Guard Brayton
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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

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David is eight years late for dinner... and the U.S. Government wants to know why. But David has an excuse, an absolutely fantastic excuse! See more »


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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del navegante  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,564,613 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Originally an independent film. The main production company, Producers Sales Organisation, put up two-thirds of the budget, while the rest came from Viking Film, a Norwegian company. Walt Disney Pictures picked up all rights for this film for North America, becoming the first distribution deal for the studio under new management led by Michael Eisner. See more »

Goofs

After David contacts Jeff from a payphone, he heads back toward the ship where a father is getting ready to snap a family photo. Behind the gas pumps is a Dodge Caravan with closed doors. Once the ship lifts off a few seconds later, you can see how the van's rear passenger door has managed to open up all by itself. See more »

Quotes

David: That's it?
Max: That's it, Davy!
David: Davy?
Max: If you wanna learn how to swim, you have to jump in the water. Don't forget to feed Bruiser. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun... Whoa! I think I got some stuff out of your head that has nothing to do with navigating this ship!
David: You sound just like a human!
Max: No! That dumb dog will never learn to catch a frisbee. You are the inferior species, you dumb dork!
David: Buttface!
Max: Scuz-bucket! Ha-ha!
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Lovefire
Written by Bob Esty and Mavis
Performed by Bob Esty
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Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage!
27 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Flight of the Navigator is one of those terrific adventure films for kids, even after all these years. It also falls into a long line of fun 80s sci-fi/adventure family movies.

Davey (Joey Cramer) goes into the woods looking for his little brother one evening in 1978. When he wakes up after a brief period of unconsciousness, he turns into a scientific marvel. Nothing is as Davey remembers it, but he can't figure out why because he only fell asleep for a brief period.

Davey is told that his parents reported the young boy missing in 1978, the evening that he went searching in the woods for his younger brother, referring to the incident in the past tense because it is 1985. Only Davey is still exactly the same age and everything he was from 1978, while time has passed for everyone else. His little brother is now his big brother (Matt Adler). His parents are old. Everyone is confused and the scientific world find the situation fascinating.

The scientists turn Davey into their personal guinea pig, running tests and probing him and all that junk. And soon they discover, that Davey was abducted. Davey, understandably a confused little kid, can't figure out what's going on and he sure doesn't want to be locked up in some lab where people prod at him all day long and tell him very little. So, he breaks lose, and hops aboard the spaceship that took him through time before. While it is an escape from the scientists and their security (briefly), it also holds the answers to what happened to him. It is also an opportunity for Davey to learn everything from this spaceship. And a kid's movie isn't complete without personifying inanimate objects. The spaceship is essentially controlled by Max, which is like it's CPU, a CPU with a cool sense of humor who likewise tries to learn about human emotions and condition from his passenger, Davey.

Filmed around Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it is still a cool movie for kids...teenagers...whatever, having a little bit of something for everyone. Great humor, cool special effects, and the like.


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