Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Flight of the Navigator|
Actors: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright, Cliff De Young, Sarah Jessica Parker
Director: Randal Kleiser
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 02/07/2006
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Jan H. (GearMaven) from SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Reviewed on 12/9/2009...
Love this older movie with just enough sci-fi effects, humor, innocence of little kids to make it a very poignant but fun film. This must have been one of Sarah Jessica Parker's first films, too. An enjoyable family movie!
5 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
Damian M. (ratchet)
Reviewed on 3/11/2009...
Pretty crappy. A cool idea, but the plot-holes are too obvious when watching this again as an adult. A pre-nose job Sarah Jessica Parker (she still has a horse-face) helps the boy escape from a top-secret government facility. Best part was a Twisted Sister mention! Not sure why the alien became PeeWee Herman all of the sudden.
2 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reminiscent of the best of the Heinlein young adult novels..
J Neil Schulman | Pahrump, NV USA | 05/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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. The distraught parents, Cliff de Young and Veronica
Cartwright, are also excellent -- and Howard Hesseman and Sarah Jessica Parker
round out a great supporting cast. Special kudos are due to Paul Reubens (best known for his character Pee Wee
Herman) who was originally credited under his own name for lending his voice to a
major character in this film, but had his name removed from the credits, replaced
by the pseudonym "Pall Mall," after Reubens was arrested for alleged indecent
exposure committed in a movie theater seat. (I've never understood how Reubens
was convinced to plead "no contest" to the charge, after theater security cameras
showed him in the lobby buying popcorn at the time of the alleged offense.)
Considering that Disney's Hollywood Pictures division released Powder, directed
by a convicted and confessed child molester, Disney should show some backbone
and restore Reubens real name to the credits. If you can get ahold of this movie, see it -- and maybe Disney will see fit to release
it again -- on DVD, I hope."
Nostalgic Eighties Flick
patrick_mcknight | Vancouver, BC Canada | 09/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
See You Later, Navigator
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 08/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."