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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey




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This fantasy stars Hamish McFarlane as a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side--into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the "aliens," to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey creates its own logic, framing the story in the linear form of an ancient legend. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Geoff Chapple, Vincent Ward, Kely Lyons
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2001


Jay Saussey
as Griffin's Girlfriend
Charles Walker
as Old Chrissie
Roy Wesney
as Grandpa
Norman Fairley
as Submarine captain
Jay Saussney
as Griffin's Girlfriend
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Critic Reviews for The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

An astonishingly effective New Zealand film about dreams, death, community, and the mystical dimensions of the human heart.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

THE NAVIGATOR does not concern itself much with the spirit of adventure but instead sticks to the more appropriately medieval doom-laden concerns of God, death, and prophecy

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey

A group of medieval Cumbrians flee the plague by burrowing through the earth, emerging in 20th century New Zealand. Although a thinnish script prevents this from being a masterpiece, the original storyline, clever historical parallels and stunning imagery are compelling. Well worth a look.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


The formidable skills of Ward are shown in the way his story works, not only as adventure, but as the love story of two brothers and a parable of faith and religion.

Sort of a time traveling movie that lets you see what medieval people might think about modern society . I enjoyed this film very much .

David Felchak

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