Flight of the Navigator

  • U
  • Randal Kleiser (1986)
  • US
  • 85 min
Flight of the Navigator
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This appealing children's adventure has just enough quirky touches to keep adults involved as well. Joey Cramer is the youngster who goes missing at the age of 12, only to turn up eight years later completely unchanged. It soon becomes apparent that his disappearance is linked to alien space travel. The scenes where Cramer attempts to get to grips with the fact that he has missed out on eight years of his life (his younger brother is now his elder) are neatly handled by director Randal Kleiser, who proves equally adept at the action sequences. Of the adults, Veronica Cartwright and Howard Hesseman come off best, while a pre-stardom Pee-Wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens) provides the voice of Cramer's friendly robot.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction adventure starring Joey Cramer. On 4 July 1978, 12-year-old David Freeman takes a tumble and wakes up in an altered world: his home and family are changed, and a voice in his head is calling for help. Meanwhile, Nasa scientists discover a mysterious alien spacecraft. Is there a connection?

Cast and crew


David Freeman
Joey Cramer
Helen Freeman
Veronica Cartwright
Bill Freeman
Cliff De Young
Carolyn McAdams
Sarah Jessica Parker
Dr Faraday
Howard Hesseman
Paul Reubens
Robert Small
Jeff aged 16
Matt Adler
Jeff aged eight
Albie Whitaker


Randal Kleiser

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
Edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U