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Cocoon (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  21 June 1985 (USA)
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When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour.

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A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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$76,100,000 (USA)
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Director Ron Howard had originally wanted Joan Bennett for the role of Bess MCarthy, but since she had been talked out of taking the role by her fourth husband, David Wilde, the role was offered to Gwen Verdon instead. See more »

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When Bernard Lefkowitz is arguing with the other about visiting the "lifepool", he states that Dutch Shultz visited his store in 1948. Dutch Shultz was shot and later died at a hospital after lingering 22 hours on October 24, 1935. See more »

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Joseph Finley: You think there's cocaine in that pool?
Ben: Might be.
Joseph Finley: What if we O.D.?
Ben: We'll keep an eye on each other. I'll watch him
[pointing to Joe]
Ben: , you watch him
[pointing to Art]
Ben: , you watch me.
Art Selwyn: Perfect.
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Dancing in the Dark
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A different breed of science fiction, with the warm touch.
8 May 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

COCOON is not at all similar to every other science fiction movie (the ending is a pure exception), but this uses fantasy and magic as a way to express a heartwarmth feeling. What happens when the good elderly citizens of a retirement community discover the "fountain of youth"? It's movies like this going away from the perilous trap and concentrates deeply on our human characteristics. A large cast of older stars, including the late couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, contribute to the warmth and amusement of a non-violent "sci-fi" picture that is a breed apart from the rest. They act as if they're "young again" with incredible energy, and the moments offer the kind and gentle possibilities that wouldn't redeem this as science fiction, but it is. Ron "Ritchie" Howard gives this a whole new acclaim for internally giving us the human spirit that lies within an outside force. For those who crave hard on science fiction, COCOON is a slight misunderstanding due to the light-hearted story it has to offer. What's more entertaining than seeing old folks push over the limits of their acting potential? As Wilford Brimley once said in Quaker Oats commercials, "It's the right thing to do.". Which also means COCOON is the right movie for showing off a different dimension of our feelings inside. And different is right!


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