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30 July 1986 (USA) See more »
Come along on the greatest adventure of the summer! See more »
In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Joey Cramer ... David Freeman

Paul Reubens ... Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)

Veronica Cartwright ... Helen Freeman

Cliff De Young ... Bill Freeman

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Carolyn McAdams
Albie Whitaker ... Jeff (8 years)

Matt Adler ... Jeff (16 years)

Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Louis Faraday

Robert Small ... Troy
Jonathan Sanger ... Dr. Carr
Iris Acker ... Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty ... Mr. Howard

Raymond Forchion ... Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin ... Woman Officer
Ted Bartsch ... Night Guard Brayton
Gizelle Elliott ... Technician #1
Brigid Cleary ... Technician #2
Michael Strano ... Technician #3
Parris Buckner ... Scientist #1

Robyn Peterson ... Scientist #2
Tony Tracy ... Observation Guard
Philip Hoelcher ... NASA Officer

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Hangar Guard #1
Butch Raymond ... Hangar Guard #2
Bob Strickland ... Control Room Guard #1
Michael Brockman ... Control Room Guard #2
Louis Cutolo ... Radar Technician #1
Debbie Casperson ... Radar Technician #2
Chase Randolph ... Lieutenant King
John Archie ... Agent #1

Tony Calvino ... Agent #2
Rusty Pouch ... Gas Station Attendant
Robert Goodman ... Tourist Man
Ryan Murray ... Tourist Child
Keri Rogers ... Jennifer Bradley
Peter Lindquist ... Newscaster #1
Jill Beach ... Newscaster #2

Kenneth Ian Davis ... Kid in Mustang
Bruce Lake ... Bixby
Arnie Ross ... NASA Technician #1

Fritz Bronner ... NASA Technician #2 (as Fritz Brauner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Blaney ... Puppeteer (voice)
Tony Urbano ... Puppeteer

Bob Barker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Stephen Luscombe ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark H. Baker  story
Michael Burton  screenplay
Matt MacManus  screenplay

Produced by
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Malcolm R. Harding .... co-executive producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
David Joseph .... co-producer
Jonathan Sanger .... executive producer
Dimitri Villard .... producer
Robert Wald .... producer (as Robbie Wald)
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
James Glennon 
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
William J. Creber 
Art Direction by
Michael Novotny 
Set Decoration by
Scott Jacobson 
Costume Design by
Mary Lou Byrd 
Makeup Department
Philip Goldblat .... makeup supervisor
Diana Johnson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Häkon Gundersen .... production supervisor
Malcolm R. Harding .... production manager
Hal Harrison .... post-production manager
Mike Moder .... executive in charge of production: Norway
Inge Tenvik .... production manager: Norway
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randall Badger .... second assistant director
Peter Bogart .... assistant director
William J. Creber .... second unit director
Michelle Marx .... assistant director: aerial unit
Terry Miller .... second assistant director
Mike Moder .... assistant director: Norway
Art Department
John Balling .... scenic painter
Lewis Bowen .... stand-by scenic
Thomas Cocheo .... property master
Thierry Coup .... set builder
Kenneth J. Creber .... draughtsman
Gabriel C. Ell .... construction coordinator
Edward Eyth .... conceptual artist
George Fidler .... leadman
Daniel Gluck .... model maker
Joe Griffith .... illustrator
David C. Hardie .... construction foreman
Gary Lee .... model maker
Kevin Scott Mack .... set designer
Rox Ann Madera .... art coordinator
Per Mørk .... construction manager: Norway
Egil Storeide .... construction: Norway
Norman E. Weber .... painter
Scot Broadus .... model maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as Jim Bogart)
D. Rex Downham .... sound
Gaspar .... assistant sound editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound recordist (as Walter Guest)
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound trainee
William Hooper .... sound editor
Michael Hoskinson .... assistant sound editor
Jan Lindvik .... sound mixer: Norway
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... sound designer
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... assistant sound editor
Emile Razpopov .... sound designer
Emile Razpopov .... supervising sound editor
Frank Serafine .... additional sound effects
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Wald .... sound designer
Scott Warren .... boom operator
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Bill Young .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jack Bennett .... special effects supervisor
John Boisseau .... special effects
Petter J. Borgli .... special effects: Norway
Craig Boyajian .... special effects coordinator: Norway
Renee Brown .... creature mechanics
Jim Casey .... creature mechanics
David Goldberg .... puppet mechanics
Bruce Hanover .... special effects
Laine Liska .... creature mechanics
Tony Murchland .... lighting special effects: Norway
Mike Sorensen .... puppet mechanics
Joseph Williams .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Mori Biener .... computer animation
Bruce A. Block .... matte cameraman
Craig Boyajian .... visual effects coordinator
Harold Buchman .... computer animation
Harold Buchman .... digital artist
Brad Calhoun .... computer animation (as Bradford L. Calhoun)
Patrick DeWarren .... computer animation
Peter Donen .... visual effects supervisor
David Emerson .... optical camera
C. Robert Hoffman III .... computer animation
John Howard .... computer animation
Jeffrey Kleiser .... digital effects supervisor
Douglas R. MacMillan .... computer animation
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping
Rocky Mohoney .... optical line-up
John Pennie .... computer animation
Randall Rudd .... creative director
David W. Sieg .... computer animation
Joseph Thomas .... FX animation/animation camera
Joseph Wallikas .... optical effects supervisor: Norway
Mark Wolf .... motion control miniature effects
Carl N. Frederick .... graphics programmer (uncredited)
Tom Gleason .... model maker (uncredited)
Courtney Brown .... stunt double
Kevin McCoy .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
James H. Armfield .... still photographer
Jo Banoun .... electrician: Norway
Christian Berrum .... electrician: Norway
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Gunnar Bøvollen .... grip: Norway
Peter Lyons Collister .... director of photography: second unit (as Peter Collister)
Bud Elam .... motion control photography
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: Norway
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
David R. Hardberger .... motion control photography
Margaret Herron .... assistant camera: Norway
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater camera operator
Ben Lowe Jr. .... key grip
William McConnell .... assistant camera
Gordon Miller .... second assistant camera
George Muhs .... motion control photography
Tom Olsen .... grip: Norway
Pierre Roseman .... best boy electric
Barry Ryan .... best boy grip
Fred Valentine .... electrician
Warner R. Wacha .... second assistant camera
Peter Wagner .... key grip: Norway
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Dee Miller .... casting: Florida
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Hamre .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Greenfeld .... assistant film editor
Frederika Kesten .... apprentice editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant film editor
Janice Parker .... additional editing by
Beverly Pinnas .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Randy Alsenz .... synthesist (as Randolph Alsenz)
Dane A. Davis .... synthesist
John Paul Fasal .... synthesist
Lori Hollingshead .... assistant music editor
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
David Kitay .... music arranger: source music
Gary Moon .... music arranger: source music
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Steve Tyrell .... music producer: source music
Steve Tyrell .... source music supervisor
Transportation Department
Israel Brinson .... transportation manager
Denise Cannon .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Katrine Amundsen .... second assistant production: Norway
Steve Austin .... spaceship designer
John Buckingham .... mechanic: Norway
Janis Benjamin Collister .... production coordinator (as Janis Collister)
Doug Dulmage .... laser effects technician
Torill Ek .... production assistant: Norway
Will Fowler .... technical advisor
Al Guthery .... pilot
Luke Halpin .... marine services
Knut Haraldsen .... second assistant production: Norway
Stephen Howell .... assistant: Randal Kleiser
Trond G. Lockertsen .... assistant production manager: Norway
Lillian O. MacNeill .... script supervisor
Jamie Marshall .... assistant: Mr. Kleiser (as Jaime Marshall)
Tony Miller .... location accountant
Gardner Monks .... production assistant
Mark Moormann .... production assistant
Bridget Murphy .... production coordinator
Jan Nicholls .... teacher
Lynn Novatt .... production assistant
Kjersti Paulsen .... production assistant: Norway
Derry J. Pearce .... unit accountant
Amund Prestegaard .... second assistant production: Norway
Maxine Pryor .... production secretary: Robby Wald
Marsha Robertson .... unit publicist
Cathy A. Roszell .... production assistant
David B. Sharp .... spaceship designer (as David Sharp)
Sheree Smith-Mullins .... production assistant
Anthony Stabley .... production assistant
Sam Tedesco .... location manager (as Samuel P. Tedesco)
Inger Cecilie Weedon .... production assistant: Norway
Melissa J.L. Smith .... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Sherry Thorup .... assistant location manager (uncredited)

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Iceland:L | New Zealand:G | Norway:7 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:U | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | USA:PG (certificate #28230) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

The ship used in the movie is in a boneyard at the Disney MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida. It can be seen on the studio tour.See more »
Continuity: In 1986 when David is reunited with his parents at the front doorstep of their new home, Bill places his left hand near Bruiser at one point. But in the following shot where David faints on Helen's lap we can see Bill's right hand near Bruiser instead.See more »
[after stopping at a pasture, David steps off the ship to urinate]
Max:What are you doing?
David:Can't I have a little privacy?
Max:Do not know privacy.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Great fun, 10 August 2006
Author: Mel J from Dundee, Scotland

'Flight of the Navigator' might have been produced in the mid-Eighties but it certainly hasn't lost it's charm over the last twenty years and it does stand up well against more recent family film offerings.

The story begins in 1978 with twelve-year-old David Freeman, a happy all-American kid who lives with his loving parents and typically bratty eight-year-old brother Jeff. One night he sets off into the woods to look for Jeff only to be knocked unconscious when he falls from a ravine. When David awakes in what seems like hours later to him, he discovers actually eight years have passed and it is now 1986. Although he is still twelve years old, the world has moved on and even his little brother is older than he is. NASA are very interested in David when his EEG scan reveal readings in the shape of a UFO they have discovered and other scans of the boy result in star charts of distant galaxies being spewed out from the computers. But our hero is determined to return to his family so he breaks free and hides aboard the UFO which holds the key to everything.

Joey Cramer gives a likable performance as David, a boy who enjoys adventures but ultimately just wants to be with his family. I think anyone watching the film would empathise with his character's anger and sense of helplessness when David discovers NASA have no intention of letting him go home. Matt Adler as sixteen-year-old Jeff is another notable actor in the film in the way he depicts his character's uncertainty of dealing with his little big brother and his developing protectiveness towards David. Also, look out for a younger Sarah Jessica Parker.

For those who watched 'Flight of the Navigator' as children in the Eighties, there is definitely a nostalgic feeling to it. However, I think children of present day would still enjoy the film as it has a little of everything and issues raised as still relevant and/or interesting today such as pre-teen crushes, annoying kid brothers, the thrill of following a hero on his 'quest', a fun mentor for the hero (even if it is metallic!) and arrogant scientist-types. It is important to remember that this is a children's film aimed very much at an eight- to twelve-year-old demography so it doesn't delve too deeply but the plot is quite unique, the characters are interesting and it is a film that is well put-together. Certainly one to enjoy with the whole family.

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