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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Lyons ...
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 Alien³ (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 »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) See more »

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An amazing Sci-Fi adventure
6 December 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

No, this is not the silly Disney movie in which the fat kid rides around in a spaceship shaped like a big green booger and generally annoys all forms of alien life to the tune of a bad Robert Palmer cover of a Little Richard song.

This Navigator, "The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey" is a sad, yet compelling story of time-travelers from the Middle Ages trying to save their small village from the Black Death. In this movie, the view is treated to how the modern world would appear as heaven (or even hell) to a person from Mediaeval times soley through the use of visuals.

This film was the creation of master director Vincent Ward who has made such wonderful works as "What Dreams May Come" and "Map of the Human Heart." As with all of his movies, Ward treats us to an array of stunning uses of color and texture to enhance a grand story.

The Navigator only suffers having a bland name. Watch this film at least twice, once for the mind blowing story, the other for Ward's rich film work. This film is sure to become a Sci-Fi classic.


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