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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Freeman
... Max (voice) (as Paul Mall)
... Bill Freeman
... Helen Freeman
... Carolyn McAdams
Albie Whitaker ... Jeff (8 years)
... Jeff (16 years)
... Dr. Louis Faraday
... Troy
Jonathan Sanger ... Dr. Carr
Iris Acker ... Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty ... Mr. Howard
... Detective Banks
Cynthia Caquelin ... Woman Officer
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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Take off on the ultimate fantasy adventure! See more »


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1 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo del navegante  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,115,097, 3 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,564,613
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adverse weather conditions in Los Angeles, CA, and Dallas, TX, forced the production of this movie to move to Florida. The company made its headquarters on a Ft. Lauderdale, FL, houseboat. Other locations included Watson Island in Biscayne Bay near Miami, FL, where the film's opening Frisbee championships took place. The Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens doubled as the forest adjacent to David Freeman's house. See more »

Goofs

The ship hovers directly above some cows, which do not look up, or even look around them. See more »

Quotes

Max: Ooh, a threat. Look, I'm really shaking!
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Connections

Features The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovefire
Written by Bob Esty and Mavis (as Michelle Aller)
Published by Aller and Esty Music BMI
Performed by Bob Esty and Mavis (as Michelle Aller)
Produced by Bob Esty
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More than meets the eye
5 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an entertaining fantasy, but there's quite a bit more to it just beneath the surface. The protagonist is a 12-y/o kid raised, as most are in Western culture, to be incompetent, overly dependent on adults, and untrusting of his own judgment. When he finds himself aboard an alien spacecraft, he naturally first attempts to transfer that dependency to the robotic pilot Max, which, all-seeing eye and all, represents the omniscient grown-up. As time goes on, though, David begins to realize that: 1) his own interests do not in fact always coincide with Max's, 2)that therefore he must advocate for himself to achieve a favorable outcome, and 3) that he's the one who has to decide just what outcome will best meet his needs. Much unlike most "kid movies," this character shows real growth, and in the end confronts a real moral and personal dilemma. Whether you agree with his choice or not, you have to respect him for what he has become.


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