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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

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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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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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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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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 »

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(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 »

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A Weird and Original Movie About Faith
22 October 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

On the Fourteenth Century, a small community is threatened by the black plague, which is soiling Europe. Griffin (Hamish McFarlane) is an eight years boy with visions. These visions show the salvation for his people: digging a hole to center of the earth and putting a cross on the top of a church. Griffin, his brother Connor and some locals starts their quest that brings them to the Twentieth Century. This is indeed a weird movie. Only yesterday I decided to watch it, and I do not dare to say that I liked or disliked it. First, because although being a very strange film, it is also very original. The black & white for the scenes of the dark Middle Ages and the colored ones for the present days is a technique very unusual. Second, the plot is totally unpredictable, with no clichés. And last but not the least, the unknown cast has a great performance. My vote is six.


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