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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand.

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Cast

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Connor
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Hamish McFarlane ...
Griffin
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Searle
Noel Appleby ...
Ulf
Paul Livingston ...
Martin
Sarah Peirse ...
Linnet
Mark Wheatley ...
Tog 1
Tony Herbert ...
Tog 2
Jessica Cardiff-Smith ...
Esme
Roy Wesney ...
Grandpa
Kathleen-Elizabeth Kelly ...
Grandma
Jay Saussey ...
Griffin's girlfriend
Charles Walker ...
Old Chrissie
Desmond Kelly ...
Smithy
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Storyline

A young boy in 14th century Cumbria (north of England) keeps getting visions he cannot explain. His village has so far been spared from the black death, but the villagers fear its imminent arrival. With the boy as their guide, a group set out to dig a hole to the other side of the world, so as to fulfil the visions and save the village. At the 'other side' is 20th century New Zealand !.. N.B. Flips from B+W to colour frequently. Written by Rob Hartill

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Time-Travel Adventure of the Year!


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$1,333,379 (USA)
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Trivia

It was this movie that convinced the producers of Alien 3 (1992) to hire Vincent Ward as writer/director (although Ward would eventually leave the set of Alien 3 after many creative differences with the studio). See more »

Goofs

(at around 51 mins), during the pouring of the spike in the foundry, Griffin breaks the "fourth wall" by briefly looking up at the camera and then quickly away again. See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the Film starts, Viewers are presented with the following message:

'You are about to watch the Time-Travel Adventure Film THE NAVIGATOR. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET. The first minutes of THE NAVIGATOR are shown in the stark black and white of 14th Century England during the black plague.

At the moment when the Navigator's 14th Century travelers begin to reach the modern 20th century, the world of the Navigator bursts into color on your screen." See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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The way movies should be made....
17 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that takes you on a journey. Simple in it's storytelling yet complex in it's storyline. I actually felt like I was there, sharing in the lives and travels of the characters. The cinematography is beautiful. If this movie didn't win an award for it it should have.This is a movie that will stick with you, it will stand out as a movie that was clearly ahead of its time. I strongly urge everyone to see this. It may be difficult to understand at first, but you must allow it to sink in. There is a moral to it which took me a while to understand myself, but it's timeless.Watch and enjoy, but pause if you leave the room even for a second. One of my favorites.


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