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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

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.

Director:

Vincent Ward

Writers:

Geoff Chapple (screenplay), Kely Lyons (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Lyons ... Connor
Chris Haywood ... Arno
Hamish Gough Hamish Gough ... Griffin (as Hamish McFarlane)
Marshall Napier ... Searle
Noel Appleby Noel Appleby ... Ulf
Paul Livingston ... Martin
Sarah Peirse ... Linnet
Mark Wheatley Mark Wheatley ... Tog 1
Tony Herbert Tony Herbert ... Tog 2
Jessica Cardiff-Smith Jessica Cardiff-Smith ... Esme
Roy Wesney Roy Wesney ... Grandpa
Kathleen-Elizabeth Kelly Kathleen-Elizabeth Kelly ... Grandma
Jay Saussey Jay Saussey ... Griffin's girlfriend
Charles Walker Charles Walker ... Old Chrissie
Desmond Kelly Desmond Kelly ... Smithy
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Storyline

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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Time-Travel Adventure of the Year!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1988 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Navigator: An Odyssey Across Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,333,379
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Some releases of the film display the following message before the film starts:

"You are about to watch the Time-Travel Adventure Film THE NAVIGATOR. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET. The first minutes of THE NAVIGATOR are shown in the stark black and white of 14th Century England during the black plague.

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visually strong, but a weak narrative core
18 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

A group of miners from a 14th century English village in the path of the Black Plague follow the recurring dreams of a young boy and tunnel through the Earth into the 20th century, where they hope to appease God by raising a cross atop the highest church in New Zealand. Director Vincent Ward is a name worth watching, if only his narrative skills would catch up to his visionary style. His sophomore feature is no less haunting than his 1984 debut film 'Vigil', but likewise suffers from sketchy characters and an underwritten script. The villagers' quest for spiritual redemption has no real parallel in our own age (despite casual comparisons between the Plague, the AIDS epidemic, and the nuclear arms race), and the only reason for bringing them into the 20th century is to see their confusion with automobiles and television. The often striking visual scheme gives the film a strictly cosmetic impression of depth and meaning, but Ward's Little Nemo resolution, and the forced irony of the epilogue, only underlines the lack of a story built around his compelling, original idea.


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