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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (original title)
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 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,333,379
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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 »

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Definatly under the rainbow
27 September 1999 | by StlBladeSee all my reviews

This is truly a lost gem of a film. It is beautifully photographed, well-acted, well paced, and well written. It is a fantasy film that relies on the fantasy and not on the SFX budget. Something we see all too little of these days.

It is the story of a little boy that has visions during medieval times of a great city, and to save the village from the horrors of the Black Death, he, his brother Connor, and a few others must travel there and erect a spike on the cathedral there. Of course, this is a fruitless enterprise and Connor knows it, but no one would listen to him; they were stuck on a single idea and would hear nothing else.

Their journey to what turned out to be New Zealand is both humorous and sad. There were times when one would be brought almost to tears and at other times laughing hard enough to hurt, but the sad element was dominant.

As with all the films I like to review, it has a strong 'cult movie' appeal, but it is more accessable to general audiences than, say, Six-String Samurai was. Seeing that the Director (Vincent Ward) later did 'What Dreams May Come' (I'll review that one in a few weeks) this film deserves to brought back into the spotlight.


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