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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.

Director:

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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Take off on the ultimate fantasy adventure! See more »


Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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Dr. Faraday explains that David hasn't aged because he was moving "beyond the speed of light", according to a "Light Speed Theory". In reality, there is no scientific theory by that name, and no valid theory allows ordinary objects to move "beyond the speed of light". The time dilation effect that Faraday was talking about actually occurs at speeds close to the speed of light but not beyond it, all in accordance with the Special Relativity Theory, which no real scientist would ever call "Light Speed Theory". See more »

Quotes

David: My dad took me to see the Bee Gees a couple months ago. Who did you see?
Carolyn McAdams: Twisted Sister.
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Carolyn McAdams: It's a him.
David: Oh.
Carolyn McAdams: Actually, it's a them.
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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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Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage!
27 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Flight of the Navigator is one of those terrific adventure films for kids, even after all these years. It also falls into a long line of fun 80s sci-fi/adventure family movies.

Davey (Joey Cramer) goes into the woods looking for his little brother one evening in 1978. When he wakes up after a brief period of unconsciousness, he turns into a scientific marvel. Nothing is as Davey remembers it, but he can't figure out why because he only fell asleep for a brief period.

Davey is told that his parents reported the young boy missing in 1978, the evening that he went searching in the woods for his younger brother, referring to the incident in the past tense because it is 1985. Only Davey is still exactly the same age and everything he was from 1978, while time has passed for everyone else. His little brother is now his big brother (Matt Adler). His parents are old. Everyone is confused and the scientific world find the situation fascinating.

The scientists turn Davey into their personal guinea pig, running tests and probing him and all that junk. And soon they discover, that Davey was abducted. Davey, understandably a confused little kid, can't figure out what's going on and he sure doesn't want to be locked up in some lab where people prod at him all day long and tell him very little. So, he breaks lose, and hops aboard the spaceship that took him through time before. While it is an escape from the scientists and their security (briefly), it also holds the answers to what happened to him. It is also an opportunity for Davey to learn everything from this spaceship. And a kid's movie isn't complete without personifying inanimate objects. The spaceship is essentially controlled by Max, which is like it's CPU, a CPU with a cool sense of humor who likewise tries to learn about human emotions and condition from his passenger, Davey.

Filmed around Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it is still a cool movie for kids...teenagers...whatever, having a little bit of something for everyone. Great humor, cool special effects, and the like.


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