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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!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

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(at around 51 mins), during the pouring of the spike in the foundry, Griffin breaks the "fourth wall" by briefly looking up at the camera and then quickly away again. See more »

Crazy Credits

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.

At the moment when the Navigator's 14th Century travelers begin to reach the modern 20th century, the world of the Navigator bursts into color on your screen." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) See more »

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One of the best
7 June 2007 | by babbelsqueeSee all my reviews

Some of the critiques I've read of this, from others on the database, complain about the clumsy imagery or the accents. Get a grip. The point isn't linguistic accuracy, or any other kind of "accuracy" but rather the theme and motifs. In 1348 a frightening "illness" swept Europe, killing thousands. People didn't understand what caused the illness, only that it offered a horrifying death. This movie is as much a critique of "christendom" as it is of contemporary politics. If the US nuclear submarine is for some too clumsy an analogy to the black death, imagine the fall out of nuclear bombing as analogous to the black death. The pervasive silent killer. This movie was fantastic, for its imaginative plot, the interesting motifs and imagery, the concept of a small boy's vision, and the possible universes.


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