Flight of the Navigator (film) A boy goes out into the woods one evening, has a fall, and when he gets up and returns to his house, he discovers his family no longer lives there. It is eight years later and everyone has aged except the boy. Eventually it turns out that he had been on a spaceship, helping an alien to navigate it. Released on July 30, 1986. Directed by Randal Kleiser. 89 min. Stars Joey Cramer (David Freeman), Cliff De Young (Bill Freeman), Sarah Jessica Parker (Carolyn McAdams). Filmed on location in Broward County, Florida, with some filming also taking place in Norway. Released on video in 1987 and 1993.