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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

In 1978, a boy travels 8 years into the future and has an adventure with an intelligent, wisecracking alien ship.

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Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Mark H. Baker (story), Michael Burton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Cramer ... David Freeman
Paul Reubens ... Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
Cliff De Young ... Bill Freeman
Veronica Cartwright ... Helen Freeman
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Carolyn McAdams
Albie Whitaker Albie Whitaker ... Jeff (8 years)
Matt Adler ... Jeff (16 years)
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Louis Faraday
Robert Small ... Troy
Jonathan Sanger Jonathan Sanger ... Dr. Carr
Iris Acker Iris Acker ... Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty Richard Liberty ... Mr. Howard
Raymond Forchion ... Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Woman Officer
Ted Bartsch Ted Bartsch ... Night Guard Brayton
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Storyline

A 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It is no coincidence that at the time he "comes back", a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines. Written by Rob Hartill

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David is eight years late for dinner... and the U.S. Government wants to know why. But David has an excuse, an absolutely fantastic excuse! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight of the Navigator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,115,097, 3 August 1986

Gross USA:

$18,564,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,564,613
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At NASA when David makes the call to his family at home, boom mics are reflected on the phone Bill uses. See more »

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David: That's it?
Max: That's it, Davy!
David: Davy?
Max: If you wanna learn how to swim, you have to jump in the water. Don't forget to feed Bruiser. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun... Whoa! I think I got some stuff out of your head that has nothing to do with navigating this ship!
David: You sound just like a human!
Max: No! That dumb dog will never learn to catch a frisbee. You are the inferior species, you dumb dork!
David: Buttface!
Max: Scuz-bucket! Ha-ha!
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Alternate Versions

The original print of this starts with the titles "Through PSO Producers Sales Organization PSO And Viking Film Present A New Star Entertainment Production A Randall Kleiser Film Flight Of The Navigator". On the BBC2 TV 2015 print the titles have been changed to display "Walt Disney Pictures[castle logo] Walt Disney Pictures Presents Flight Of The Navigator A Producer Sales Organization Picture A Randall Kleiser Film A New Star Entertainment Production". The broadcast was on 21 December 2015. See more »

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A Delightful Sci-Fi From the 1980s
6 January 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1978, in Fort Lauderdale, the twelve years old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) goes through the grove to bring his younger brother back home. He slides, falls in a hole and faints. When he wakes up and goes home, eight years have passed and he has not aged. Meanwhile, NASA scientists find a spacecraft near to a fallen electric tower. David is brought to NASA to be studied and soon he realizes that he can communicate with the UFO. He finds out that he was sent to a distant planet in a very high speed and became the navigator of the spacecraft. In his life, he had lost 4.4 hours. On Earth, eight years have passed. This movie is a delightful entertainment, using good special effects and having a very reasonable story. It is a family entertainment, indicated for all ages. Sarah Jessica Parker, famous presently due to the show `From Sex and the City', has a minor participation as a trainee in NASA. My vote is seven.


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