MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,424 this week

Cocoon (1985)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  21 June 1985 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 37,791 users  
Reviews: 75 user | 40 critic

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 images
created 07 Aug 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 11 Mar 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cocoon" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cocoon (1985)

Cocoon (1985) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cocoon.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn't have to watch his love lying... See full summary »

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
Starman (1984)
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

Director: W.D. Richter
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin
Adventure | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

The old age pensioners that left at the end of the first film come back to earth to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no-one grows old, or will they be tempted to stay back on earth?

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it, humpback whales.

Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Director: Garth Jennings
Stars: Martin Freeman, Mos Def, Sam Rockwell
Real Genius (1985)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Grossly overweight Prof. Sherman Klump, desperate to lose weight takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn
Summer Rental (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: John Candy, Richard Crenna, Rip Torn
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track--again???

Director: Ken Finkleman
Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Gwen Verdon ...
Herta Ware ...
...
...
...
Tyrone Power Jr. ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Beyond the innocence of youth, and the wisdom of age, lies the wonder of... Cocoon See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cocoon - A Aventura dos Corais Perdidos  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$76,100,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy playing the old married couple Joseph and Alma Finley had in real life also been married to each other for many years. See more »

Goofs

When people are commenting on the old people's dancing. See more »

Quotes

Susan: You guys wanna go out to dinner?
David: Yeah.
Ben Luckett: No Italian food! Makes me fart!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Working Class: B-Day Invasion (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Don Ameche
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Another under-appreciated gem
1 April 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." - Dylan Thomas

The senior characters of this modern day fable took this poem to heart.

When we first meet the motley group, they are as many of us dread one day becoming. Kept in a nursing home, days filled with vapid activities like shuffleboard or mah-jongg, whiling away hours floating in a deserted swimming pool, watching people your own age drop like flies. When that changes through the magic of alien technology, they become, if not the picture of reckless youth, at least a semblance of the people they were once upon a time, proving the old cliché: you ARE only as old as you feel. In that, it's a good lesson for people heading into their golden years or even those of us just having midlife crises. We can't help but grow old. But it's up to us whether we want to BE old or merely mature.

For a science fiction movie, it would appear to have few special effects. This is an illusion. There are quite a few effects shots, although the variety of effects is rather limited. The glowing aliens are quite good except for the all too familiar hand movements by Caprice Rothe, who first did the job for "E.T." Still, by and large the effects are impressive and convincing even when compared against the latest films of the 21st century. Even more impressive was the poolhouse, which was hastily constructed purely as a setpiece for the movie. It looks absolutely real, as if it had sat there among the Florida palms for decades.

Tahnee Welch, daughter of the seemingly ageless Raquel, was wholesomely fetching here. Whether she was a limited actress or merely underplaying the role is for others to decide. Ron Howard wisely kept Steve Guttenberg's role limited, focusing mainly on the older characters. A little Guttenberg goofiness goes a long way. Also present are the standard Howard family repertory, with brother Clint as the nursing home attendant and father Rance making a brief appearance as a detective. Much as already been said about the excellent performances of the older cast members. This was, after all, the role that finally won an Oscar for Don Ameche. But they're slowly slipping away from us, one by one. First Jack Gilford, then Ameche, then Jessica Tandy and recently Gwen Verdon. At least we'll have this movie to remember them by. Maybe they weren't at the peaks of their careers, but quite possibly the roles they fit most comfortably.

Two attempts to cash in on this movie failed. Both 1987's "*batteries Not Included," starring Tandy and Cronyn, and the 1988 sequel "Cocoon: The Return" flopped. Neither had the genuine warmth of this original. Ron Howard showed good judgement in turning down the chance to direct the sequel.

As for the musical score, it's one of James Horner's better works, mixing symphonic grandeur with childlike wonderment. Alas, he does fall into old habits and reuse some bars and measures from his "Wolfen" and "Star Trek II" scores.

It's a shame this movie never found the audience it deserved. I first saw this in a shopping mall four-plex a couple of weeks after its release. There couldn't have been more than 20 people in the entire theater. The whole movie holds up remarkably well in the 16 years since, except for the break dancing. My god, has it been 16 years already? Where can I find some Antarean life force?


34 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Aliens trapped in 'Cocoons' on the bottom of the ocean floor? FrankNave
Funniest Lines Zach126
Great Goof for Those REALLY Paying Attention! Mencken59
James Horner Vivian_Tong
swimming pool location louiethek
Steve Guttenberg's motivations donwc1996
Discuss Cocoon (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page