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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:

El vuelo del navegante See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When MAX and David stop behind the car to ask for directions, the song heard in the car is a fragment of "Trapped In My Mind", composed by David Kitay and Guy Moon, and performed by Kitay himself specifically for the movie. A full version of the song does not exist. See more »

Goofs

When the alien craft speeds away from the NASA base, its slipstream tears off the roof of a small booth. But the wake also should sweep the people in its flight path down to the ground; it is too close for that not to happen. See more »

Quotes

[after stopping at a pasture, David steps off the ship to urinate]
Max: What are you doing?
David: Can't I have a little privacy?
Max: Do not know privacy.
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Blame It On The Bossa Nova
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Where did Disney come up with this?! It's (gasp) original!
14 September 2003 | by AllMT3See all my reviews

You know the drill: 12 year old David falls into a ravine in the woods and discovers when he wakes up that he's been missing for eight years. He also discovers that he's hearing voices that seem to come from a mysterious craft housed in a NASA hangar.

My two cents worth: In a time when all the live action Disney movies seem to be a variant on "I was normal but just discovered I am/have just been mistaken for royalty/merperson/rock star/leprechaun/etc., this movie from the 1980's is a real breath of fresh air.

The scenario, waking up and discovering that everything except you has changed, and knowing you'll be somebody's idea of a guinea pig for the rest of your life, is instantly relatable and creepy, whether you're a kid or an adult. The kid fainting, the change in the two brother's relationship due to the age flop, parents trying to protect their son, government trying to exploit the kid's knowledge, everyone's reactions to the situation are all logical and believable.

And who hasn't wanted a chance to fly a saucer? Having Max, the ship's pilot, be a robot was another stroke of brilliance. So many movies have the aliens flying all the way here to come visit us face to face. But if we send machines to other planets because it's cheaper than going ourselves, why wouldn't they? And having him learn about Earth courtesy of a 12-year-old's TV polluted brain was hysterical.

The movie seems a little dated today; but it's forgivable because, like Back to the Future, it's set so specifically in a certain frame of time (you expect it to look and sound like 1986 because, hey, they keep telling you that's when it is.)

Recommendations: Back to the Future and Big are the two I can think of that are most along these lines.


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