Flight of the Navigator

Visible crew/equipment: After David agrees to be taken to NASA headquarters for a 48 hour observance, Dr. Faraday winks at him, and in the left lens of his glasses (from the viewer's perspective) we can see the camera operator at work. (00:28:35)

ryguy_1983

Revealing mistake: When David enters the food robot to escape, he makes a left at a cop car with the license plate 11385. A few moments later, he passes the same exact car going in the other direction. (00:41:40)

Knever

Flight of the Navigator mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When Carolyn first enters David's room at NASA headquarters, she introduces R.A.L.F. Between shots, David wraps both arms around his knees. (00:30:35)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: When the car full of "geeks" takes off from the intersection, the white semi that was approaching should have met and passed the car at the speed it was travelling, but disappears.

Movie Nut

Other mistake: When examining the craft in the hangar, it's reported there are no seams or any way in or out, but when the camera focuses on the man's hand, you can see the seam where the hatchway will be.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When David goes to his room early in the movie (in 1978), if you look closely you can pick up what looks like a football card wrapper on the shelf on the left side of his room, near the white helmet and behind David's Dad. Comparing to known wrappers, this one was issued in 1985.

uzumaki

Continuity mistake: After David contacts Jeff from a payphone, he heads back toward the ship where a father is getting ready to snap a family photo. Behind the gas pumps is a Dodge Caravan with closed doors. Once the ship lifts off a few seconds later, you can see how the van's rear passenger door has managed to open up all by itself. (01:15:15)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: Before returning home to 1978, David steps out of the ship to say goodbye. When Bill and Helen first run towards the ship, the front door of their house opens up between frames. (01:20:10)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: In 1986 when David is reunited with his parents at the front doorstep of their new home, Bill places his left hand near Bruiser at one point. But in the following shot where David faints on Helen's lap we can see Bill's right hand near Bruiser instead. (00:15:45)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: When the first two guards find a security breach involving David and the ship, guard 2 activates several switches on the wall. Between shots, his left hand places itself on the control panel. (00:47:30)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: Within moments of being confined to his room at NASA headquarters, David meets Carolyn and R.A.L.F. When Carolyn first pokes her head into the room, her hand repositions itself on the door frame as the shot changes, moving closer to the light switch plate. (00:30:30)

ryguy_1983

Flight of the Navigator mistake picture

Continuity mistake: When David and Max are lost and in need of directions, they spot a red Mustang cruising along. The Mustang is within throwing distance of a T junction at first, but then in the following shot it's suddenly about a quarter mile away from it. (01:09:30)

ryguy_1983

Audio problem: After it's revealed that David has been missing for 4.4 hours in analysis mode on Phaelon, one of the technicians says, "Light speed theory" but the words aren't consistent with the movement of his lips. (00:36:15)

ryguy_1983

Max: I do not leak, you leak.

More quotes from Flight of the Navigator

Trivia: Early in the film when they arrive home the Grease song 'You're The One That I Want' is playing on the radio in David's parents' car. Director Randal Kleiser also directed Grease.

Jennyred

More trivia for Flight of the Navigator

Question: Even though it's not technically indicated in the film, I always wondered if the young blonde lady watching the spaceship shown for a few seconds in 1986 just before David returned to 1978 was Jennifer (the 12-year-old girl David had a crush on in 1978). She looks roughly 20 years old now herself and I thought that could be her just to show what she looks like now (maybe there was a deleted scene with her in it). Was this a correct assumption?

Answer: I can't directly answer this, but I was watching this movie just now, and didn't take in the girl at the beginning's (Jennifer's) name, so when Sarah Jessica Parker, Carolyn, appeared I then spent the rest of the movie assuming that she was going to turn out to be the girl he was crushing on in 1978, especially when Carolyn even told him he was cute (which is kind of a weird thing for a 20-year old to say to a 12-year-old if there isn't a plot reason for it). I do wonder if that was in fact the originally intended idea that was changed for whatever reason before the movie was completed, and if perhaps he was meant to go back to 1978 with the knowledge that she found him cute and therefore a new-found confidence to ask 12 year-old her out.

MrDannyDetail

More questions & answers from Flight of the Navigator

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.