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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,115,097 (USA) (3 August 1986)

Gross:

$18,564,613 (USA)
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The voice of MAX is played by Paul Reubens, credited as Paul Mall. See more »

Goofs

When Carolyn first enters David's room at NASA headquarters, she introduces R.A.L.F. Between shots, David wraps both arms around his knees. See more »

Quotes

Max: I told you, I blew a fuse when I totaled that electrical tower. I was checking out some daisies.
David: You crashed while looking at FLOWERS?
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Connections

References Roller Boogie (1979) See more »

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Walk While In My Blues
Written by Will Jennings
Performed by Steve Tyrell
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Fantastic!
20 September 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This film is to blame for my over active imagination. Saw it on TV when i was at school and watched it over and over ever since! Though the quality of the film was not something i would have noticed when i was that age, i did notice the amazing special effects (for that era of cinematographic effects).

The ship design (Steve Austin) is truly inspired (especially when in 'first class manouvre' mode!!) and stylistically has stood the test of time (it could quite easily pass off as futuristic in new films today. Maybe he should have done some more design work(?).

And my favourite character ... 'Al', the big guy at the service station ('Rusty' Pouch), best bit of acting ever!

The flight scenes and the concept of flying in a cool spaceship caught my young mind most of all. As i watched it time and time again, the many other factors proved to play a major part of the film. The music score for one is great and for me has become a critical part of the film (I love the 80's synth!)

All in all, this piece of cinema was very very well thought out, constructed, produced, acted, all fitting together in a film that many films could never achieve.

Go buy it on DVD!

E:)


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