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Flight of the Navigator -- A boy is destined for an extraordinary adventure aboard a spacecraft.


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Release Date:
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 »
4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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?

When David's parents pull up to their house in the beginning of the movie, the song playing on the car radio is "You're The One That I Want" from "Grease", also directed by Randal Kleiser.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When David is interviewed at the hospital, a woman asks him what happened to him at the woods after his brother scares him. David replies "I chased him for a while, then I reached this cliff... I know I fell". Actually, he made only a few steps after his brother, then turned and walked toward the ravine, with no cliffs in sight. He seems confused and distracted during the interview, which is hardly surprising under the circumstances.See more »
Max:Ooh, a threat. Look, I'm really shaking!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Paul (2011)See more »
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31 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage!, 27 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

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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