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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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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del navegante  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,564,613 (USA)
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Trivia

The production relocated to Norway for an additional three weeks to shoot a section of a spacecraft that was transported in four sections to the outskirts of Oslo, and reassembled in an airplane hangar. Two identical spaceships were built and only differed in weight. The lighter 700-pound ship was used solely for flotation sequences. The heavier ship of 1450 pounds had a full interior made out of aluminum. Additional filming of glacier footage took place in a northern arctic area of Norway. See more »

Goofs

In the second half of the film, the length and style of David's hair changes noticeably between shots several times. See more »

Quotes

David Scott Freeman: Where do you go next, Max?
Max: Back in time to when I picked up my creatures. By now they're so hungry, they could eat a zigzog.
David Scott Freeman: What's a zigzog?
Max: Kind of like a hippo, but with feathers.
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References Grease (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Blame It On The Bossa Nova
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by Hollie Denei Hewitt
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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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