Flight of the Navigator by Randal Kleiser |Joey Cramer, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young | 5028836040125 | Blu-ray | Barnes & Noble
Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator

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Director: Randal Kleiser

Cast: Joey Cramer, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young

     
 

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The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer), playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens during his blackout, and hope to

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The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer), playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he's been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens during his blackout, and hope to scan the boy's brain in order to unlock a few secrets of the universe. Answering the call of a strange, unseen force, David boards a well-hidden spaceship and takes off, guided by the jocular voice of a computer named MAX (voiced by none other than Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman). Realizing that he can't fit in to 1986 so long as he's a child of the '70s, David hopes to retrace the steps of his alien abductors and get back to his own time.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Poised for discovery, this underappreciated 1986 Disney live-action fantasy is literally out of this world. Joey Cramer brings down-to-earth charm and genuine emotion to his role as 12-year-old David, who has the usual adolescent troubles, including an unrequited crush and an annoying little brother. One night, in 1978, while chasing his prank-playing brother through the woods, he falls and is knocked unconscious. When David comes to and returns home, he has a Twilight Zone moment, as a strange family seems to have moved in. The year, he discovers, is now 1986. He is reunited with his family, who thought he was dead (his little brother is now 18!). Where has David been for the past eight years? Why hasn't he aged? Who is the voice in his head calling to him? How is his brain able to communicate with NASA's computer? The answer lies in a crash-landed spaceship that David, with the help of robot pilot Max (voiced by Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Rubens), will attempt to fly back to 1978. Director Randal Kleiser (Grease) channels his inner Spielberg for this E.T.-like adventure that is exciting, funny, and ultimately moving. This is a Flight well worth taking.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
After the box-office and critical success of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a lot of fantasy adventures about kids and space appeared in theaters in the '80s (such as Explorers, D.A.R.Y.L., and Spacecamp). Disney's Flight of the Navigator is no exception, borrowing the plot of a put-upon kid befriending an alien life form; in this case, it's a flying spaceship named MAX, voiced by Paul Reubens. Director Randal Kleiser doesn't hide the similarities to E.T., even using the phrase "phone home" in the dialogue. The story begins in an interesting direction like an episode of the Twilight Zone, then it quickly falls into place with the other '80s sci-fi kids movies, complete with a space adventure that causes the young boy to gain confidence and return to the loving acceptance of his traditional American family. The special effects and flying scenes are standard fare, a bit repetitive, but mostly just harmless fun for youngsters. Lighthearted and not very emotionally resonant, Flight of the Navigator may be memorable for fans of Sarah Jessica Parker, who appears in a brief role.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2012
UPC:
5028836040125
Original Release:
1986
Source:
Ais
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
20,790

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Randal Kleiser and producer Jonathan Sanger

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joey Cramer David Freeman
Veronica Cartwright Helen Freeman
Cliff De Young Bill Freeman
Sarah Jessica Parker Carolyn McAdams
Matt Adler Jeff Freeman at Age 16
Howard Hesseman Dr. Faraday
Robert Small Troy
Albie Whitaker Jeff Freeman at Age 8
Fritz Braumer NASA Technician
Tony Calvino Agent
Gizelle Elliot Female Technician
Raymond Forchion Detective Banks
Bruce Laks Buxby
Peter Lundquist Newscaster
Rusty Pouch Gas Station Attendant
Chase Randolph Lt. King
Butch Raymond Hangar Guard
Arnie Ross NASA Technician
Michael Strano Technician
Bob Strickland Control Room Guard
Jonathan Sanger Dr. Carr
Iris Acker Mrs. Howard
Richard Liberty Mr. Howard
John Archie Agent
Ted Bartsch Night Guard Brayton
Jill Beach Newscaster
Michael Brockman Control Room Guard
Parris Buckner Scientist
Cynthia Caquelin Woman Officer
Debbie Casperson Radar Technician
Brigid Cleary Technician
Louis Cutolo Radar Technician
Kenny Davis Kid in Mustang
Robert Goodman Tourist Man
Philip Hoelcher NASA Officer
Julio Oscar Mechoso Hangar Guard
Ryan Murray Tourist Child
Robyn Peterson Scientist
Keri Rogers Jennifer Bradley
Tony Tracy Observation Guard
Paul Reubens Max

Technical Credits
Randal Kleiser Director
Mark H. Baker Original Story
Peter Bogart Asst. Director
Petter Borgli Special Effects
Michael Burton Screenwriter
Mary Lou Byrd Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Creber Production Designer
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Peter Donen Special Effects
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
James Glennon Cinematographer
Arthur Goldblatt Makeup
Jeff Gourson Editor
Craig Haagensen Camera Operator
Malcolm R. Harding Co-producer
John Hill Screenwriter
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Scott Jacobson Set Decoration/Design
David Joseph Co-producer
Matt MacManus Screenwriter
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Valorie Massalas Casting
Michael Novotny Art Director
Jonathan Sanger Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Douglas Day Stewart Screenwriter
Dimitri Villard Producer
Robby Wald Producer

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Flight of the Navigator 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie on the Wonderful World of Disney and was recently reaquainted with the title. For a movie out of the eighties it is graphically awesome. More people should show this to their bickering children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when it aired on national TV. The entire first half is a huge mystery, as the main character wakes up from a fall several years into the future, where his family has aged and moved to a new home. The main character hasn't aged a day, and when he is taken to the doctor, David seems to be communicating with computers without any knowledge of doing so. His head appears to be filled with star charts of galaxies that humans have no knowledge of. At the same time, an alien craft has crashed and taken in by the government for testing. Great movie and is underrated. Features a younger Jessica Parker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this movie! Charming, Funny and very uplifting.
catsandcoffee More than 1 year ago
Rather than a start-to-finish narrative, Navigator drops you in the middle of the story and keeps you guessing as the story proceeds. The plot is fantastic and I love the man-meets-alien story. Of course, when the man is a adolescent boy, you know things are going to be funny. The disco alien is hilarious as is the scene where they have to stop for directions at a gas station...in a UFO.
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