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Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Joey Cramer , Sarah Jessica Parker , James Glennon , Randal Kleiser  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joey Cramer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright, Howard Hesseman
  • Directors: James Glennon, Randal Kleiser
  • Writers: Michael Burton, Matt MacManus
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I562I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,884 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flight of the Navigator" on IMDb

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David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is an ordinary boy destined for a most extraordinary adventure -- aboard a spectacular, futuristic spacecraft. After a mystifying disappearance, David returns, possessing vast, undiscovered knowledge about the farthest reaches of the universe. With these sudden navigational powers, David is able to take the fantastic flying machine anywhere he desires, accompanied by both its wisecracking robotic commander, Max, and an assortment of bizarre extraterrestrial creatures! Embark on a fun-filled, fast-paced journey of fantasy and adventure as David takes off on the flight of a lifetime! Also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker and the voice of Paul Reubens.

Disney's 1986 Flight of the Navigator combines a strong ensemble cast and classic '80s soundtrack with dazzling special effects for a high-flying sci-fi adventure. While searching for his little brother in the woods, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) falls down a ravine and is knocked unconscious. After what seems like minutes, he returns home, only to discover that eight years have passed since he was declared missing and presumed dead. Even more mystifying is that David hasn't aged, nor can he account for the time lapse. Meanwhile, NASA officials stumble upon a futuristic spacecraft and are determined to assess what David knows about it by locking him in a top-secret lab for scanning and testing. His only chance of escape is in the spacecraft manned by Max, a wisecracking robot. Cramer gives an earnest performance, which overcomes an imperfect script, while enough one-liners and imaginative animation will keep families engaged. Watch for Sarah Jessica Parker in one of her first film appearances. Rated PG for language. (Ages 6 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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115 of 124 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Flight of the Navigator is a far better movie than we'd have a right to suspect.
Plot spoiler if you read further:
A few minutes into this film, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is on an
errand to retrieve his 8-year-old brother, Jeff, when he falls into a gulley and is
knocked out. Regaining consciousness, David returns to his house, thinking only a
few minutes have passed, and instead of his parents and brother finds a locked
door and an elderly couple living there.
Taken to the police station, David is identified by computer records as a boy
reported missing eight years before. Despite the fact that he hasn't aged, he's taken
to the Freeman's at a different house nearby, and when he sees his parents
obviously older, he faints. He returns to consciousness again on a gurney on his
way to a hospital bed. A few minutes later, while his parents are called out of the
room by a somber-faced doctor, David is left alone with his brother Jeff -- who is
now 16.
This is ostensibly a Disney movie for kids -- and later on there is a lot of comedic
Disney hijinks -- but the first half hour of the movie, as David and his family deal
with the trauma of his time relocation, are some of the most heart-rending and
chilling sequences I've seen in any film.
Spoiler over.
This movie reminded me of some of the time-relativity sequences in Robert A.
Heinlein's novel, Time for the Stars. The characters are well written and the actors
do an excellent job, particularly in the scenes between Joey Cramer and Matt
Adler, as 16-year-old Jeff.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See You Later, Navigator August 14, 2004
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While meeting his brother in the woods in 1978, David Freeman falls down a ravine. He gets up to discover that it's suddenly 1986. Where has he been for the last 8 years? Meanwhile, NASA has found a space ship. Is there a connection? Can they find a way into the ship? And who keeps calling David inside his mind?

I loved this movie as a kid. While the first part seems slow and rather obvious if you've heard of the premise, the second part is a fun ride. Once David meets up with Max, things pick up and the movie switch from mystery to comedy. Watching it today, I was impressed by the special effects. This movie is almost 20 years old and they still hold up very well.

This is basically a movie only DVD release. The film is presented in wide screen and surround sound. But for the price, you're getting a great deal.

While not great cinema, this is a movie that the entire family will have fun watching together. Get it today and enjoy.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Eighties Flick September 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have nostalgic memories from watching this film as a kid in the eightees. Along with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "ET: the Extra-Terrestrial", this was one of my favorite sci-fi films. The concept of aliens and UFOs fascinated me. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen out of circulation. Luckily I was able to get a copy of the VHS some time back. I hope Disney will re-release this film on DVD so we can see it in its original widescreen aspect ratio.
Joey Cramer is David Freeman, a boy living in a picture perfect Florida town in 1978 with his parents and bratty kid brother. However, he finds his life changed when he is knocked out in the forest for a few minutes, or so he thinks. When he returns home, he finds that it is 1986. David has been missing for 8 years, yet David himself has not aged. David's parents are now eight years older, and his bratty kid brother has grown up into a quite decent 16-year-old. David's quest to find out what happened to him will take him to an alien spacecraft run by a computer named Max.
The first half of the film is structured like an eerie mystery as David and the police try to piece together what happened to David. This is perfectly complemented by Alan Silvestri's eerie score. The film loses some of its mystery later on, but it's still highly enjoyable. The spacecraft looks incredible, and the scenes where David gets to fly the spacecraft are really neat. I think though I liked Max better before he assumed his Pee-Wee Herman voice (voiced by Pee-Wee himself).
The ending nicely tied things up. Too bad we don't get to see what becomes of David's crush on the local girl.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! January 9, 2005
One of the Best movies of my childhood. along with movies like (Goonies, NeverEnding Story, Labyrinth, Short-Circut, Invisible Kid, E.T.) and etc. This movie has amazing memorable moments that you will always remember. And no other movie has a genuine story like it. Let me say this, even if you are an Adult, This movie will still catch your interest. I watch it still and i am 21 now.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Navigator February 12, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie is great for everyone. It's a Disney classic in my eyes, and I would love to see it re-released on video. I would love a DVD of it. As a child, I watched this movie over and over. It ranked up in the top, and after seeing again after many years, it still brings back that same wonderment and love. I recommend anyone who is willing to use their imagination to watch this movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Is absolutely great. Love watching these with my son and exposing ...
Finding these 80's movies onlie. Is absolutely great. Love watching these with my son and exposing him to my sci-if and such great music.
Published 11 minutes ago by Jose Callejas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure why they have to throw in the bad language in what is clearly...
Not sure why they have to throw in the bad language in what is clearly marketed as a kids movie. Totally unnecessary and even jarring when it occurs because it seems so out of... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Dr. What?
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
Just felt like a retro night and remembered this movie but didn't have it available on Netflix. Loved it as much as the first time!
Published 2 days ago by Leslie M
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite childhood movies!
This movie is a childhood favorite of mine that I just had to have in my library. It's a fun adventure.
Published 3 days ago by Dee in Alaska
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
omg the best movie evr....period
Published 4 days ago by DejabaWalkie888
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Future classic.
Published 7 days ago by Kayti
5.0 out of 5 stars my 12 year old says he LOVED IT!
I loved this as a kid and now my kids do too.
Published 8 days ago by Amanda Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie. Even though this movie was made in 1984, my 7-year old grandson loved it. The dvd was of high quality.
Published 8 days ago by kpha
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
Arrived ahead of schedule and in perfect condition. Watching this movie took me back. Very nostalgic. Still a great watch! Highly recommend!
Published 12 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie for my grandsons!!!
Published 14 days ago by nancy field
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