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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi  |  30 July 1986 (USA)
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In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that.



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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


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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Come along on the greatest adventure of the summer! See more »


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Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del navegante  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


$18,564,613 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film takes place on July 4, 1978 and in July 1986. See more »


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David: What are we doing all the way up here you geek?
Max: Geek?
David: I swear to God if I was driving this thing we'd be home by now!
Max: Oh yeah?
David: Yeah!
Max: Oh yeah?
David: Yeah!
Max: Ok turkey YOU fly it
[Max turns everything off]
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One of the very best Sci-fi Family Movies of the 80's
9 June 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I had seen this movie on VHS back in the 80's and I now have children and just watched this movie with them on DVD. The film still has presence and the special effects are still quite good even considering they are now near 20 years old. Very impressive and my children are now complete fans of the movie.

If you have never seen this film, I would recommend it whole-heartedly for the entire family. If it has been sometime since you watched this film I would say check it out, well worth a return visit.

One thing I have to mention is the joy I was receiving just watching my children (ages 4 through 8) experience this movie for the first time. Even after all of the Hi-tech movies they have seen in recent years this movie was still able to capture their attention, hold it and entertain just as well as anything in recent memory (such as Spiderman, Hulk or even Spy Kids).

My children wanted to re-watch it immediately after it ended, it was that good in their (short attention span) minds.

5 out of 5 stars from me and mine.

**Although regarding the DVD transfer, it could have used some extra's, even a trailer from the original film, however there were none, simple menu access and set-up options only, enjoyable none-the-less.

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