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Tom Benedek (screenplay)
David Saperstein (story)
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Release Date:
21 June 1985 (USA) See more »
Beyond the innocence of youth, and the wisdom of age, lies the wonder of... Cocoon See more »
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sweet film that probably means more today See more (79 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Don Ameche ... Art Selwyn

Wilford Brimley ... Ben Luckett

Hume Cronyn ... Joe Finley

Brian Dennehy ... Walter

Jack Gilford ... Bernie Lefkowitz

Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Bonner

Maureen Stapleton ... Mary Luckett

Jessica Tandy ... Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon ... Bess McCarthy
Herta Ware ... Rosie Lefkowitz

Tahnee Welch ... Kitty

Barret Oliver ... David

Linda Harrison ... Susan
Tyrone Power Jr. ... Pillsbury

Clint Howard ... John Dexter
Charles Lampkin ... Pops
Mike Nomad ... Doc
Jorge Gil ... Lou Pine
James Ritz ... DMV Clerk
Charles Rainsbury ... Smiley
Wendy J. Cooke ... Alien (as Wendy Cooke)
Pamela Prescott ... Alien
Dinah Sue Rowley ... Alien
Gabriella Sinclair ... Alien
Cyndi Vicino ... Bank Teller
Russ Wheeler ... Doctor
Harold Bergman ... Reverend
Ivy Thayer ... Waitress
Fred Broderson ... Kirk
Mark Cheresnick ... Salvatore
Bette Shoor ... Realtor
Mark Simpson ... Coast Guard First Class BM
Robert Slacum Jr. ... Coast Guard Second Class BM

Rance Howard ... St. Petersburg Dectective

Jean Speegle Howard ... Woman (as Jean Speegle)
Charles Voelker ... Leader, New Yorkers Dance Band
Irving Krone ... Jasper
Clarence Thomas ... Policeman
Ted Science ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Astaire ... Himself, film clip from 'The Gay Divorcee' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jim Fitzpatrick ... Dock Worker (uncredited)

Reginald Gardiner ... Himself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Oliver Hardy ... Himself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Stan Laurel ... Himself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Carmen Miranda ... Herself, Vocalist on Recording: 'Weekend in Havana' (archive sound) (uncredited)

Jean Parker ... Herself, film clip from 'Flying Deuces' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tracy Roberts ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Ginger Rogers ... Herself, film clip from 'The Gay Divorcee' (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ron Howard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tom Benedek  screenplay
David Saperstein  story

Produced by
David Brown .... producer
Robert Doudell .... associate producer
Lili Fini Zanuck .... producer
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects
Janis Clark .... hair stylist
Kevin Haney .... makeup artist
Robert Norin .... makeup artist
Brian Penikas .... special makeup effects artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
Michael Burnett .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
David B. Miller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Doudell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Beimler .... second assistant director
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director
John N. Whittle .... additional second assistant director (as John Whittle)
Art Department
Eric A. Hulett .... lead man
Steven M. Levine .... property master
Ralph McQuarrie .... conceptual artist
Mickey Woods .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Jerry Palermo .... painter (uncredited)
Jack Reeves .... painter (uncredited)
Harley Whitehurst .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... boom operator
Richard S. Church .... sound mixer
William Hartman .... sound editor
Laurel Ladevich .... special sound designer
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Dennie C. Modes .... cable person
Michael O'Corrigan .... sound editor (as Michael Corrigan)
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... special sound designer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Summers .... special sound designer
Paul Wells .... sound re-recording mixer
Marty Church .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Kathleen Korth .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Smith .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Greg Smith .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stuart Artingstall .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Greg Cannom .... special alien creatures and effects
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Robert Clark .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Tony Gardner .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Alec Gillis .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Camilla Henneman .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Tom Hester .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Shawn McEnroe .... creature effects crew: Cannom
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Unsinn)
Kevin Yagher .... creature effects crew: Cannom
James Cummins .... story board (uncredited)
Adam Hill .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Donald Pennington .... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Tim Turner .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Anderson .... creature development
Peter Anderson .... visual effects
Craig Barron .... matte photography supervisor
William Beck .... model maker
David Berry .... visual effects optical supervisor
Barbara Brennan .... rotoscope artist
Marty Brenneis .... model maker
Sean M. Casey .... stop-motion technician
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator
Christopher Evans .... matte painting supervisor
Scott Farrar .... visual effects cameraman
Robert Finley Jr. .... cloud tank technician
Pat Fitzsimmons .... visual effects supervising stage technician
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Michael Fulmer .... model maker
Steve Gawley .... visual effects supervising model maker
Ray Gilberti .... visual effects assistant cameraman
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up
Caroleen Green .... matte artist
Robert Hill .... visual effects assistant cameraman
Edward Hirsh .... visual effects stage manager
Sandy Houston .... rotoscoper
Peg Hunter .... optical line-up
Paul Huston .... matte photography
Ed Jones .... optical line-up
Randy Jonsson .... visual effects assistant cameraman (as Randy Johnson)
Ira Keeler .... model maker
Bill Kimberlin .... visual effects editor
Tony Laudati .... stop-motion technician
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... rotoscope artist
James Lim .... optical camera operator
Mike MacKenzie .... visual effects equipment engineering supervisor
Pamela Marcotte .... visual effects
Jack Mongovan .... rotoscope artist
Charlie Mullen .... visual effects animation supervisor
Kerry Nordquist .... visual effects still photography
Phillip Norwood .... visual effects art director
Terrence Peck .... visual effects assistant effects editor
Donald Pennington .... visual effects construction coordinator
Margot Phillips .... stop-motion technician
Ken Ralston .... visual effects supervisor
Kenneth Smith .... optical camera operator
David Sosalla .... stop motion supervisor
Tom St. Amand .... stop-motion technician
Mitch Suskin .... visual effects production supervisor
Laurie Vermont .... visual effects production coordinator
Robert Cooper .... stop-motion technician/sculptor (uncredited)
Catherine Craig .... effects camera operator (uncredited)
Ned Gorman .... effects production assistant (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... animation camera: ILM (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter .... optical lineup (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Denise Cheshire .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunt coordinator
Candice Orsini .... stunts
Jim O'Rear .... stunts (uncredited)
Donald Pennington .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Dow .... grip
Sharon Smith Holley .... camera intern
Jordan Klein Jr. .... underwater assistant camera: Nassau
Jordan Klein Sr. .... underwater camera operator: Nassau (as Jordan Klein)
John LeBlanc .... camera operator: Chicago
Keith Peterman .... camera operator
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Waverly Smothers .... grip
Calvin Sterry .... key grip
Ken M. Suzuki .... gaffer
Frank Tobin .... best boy electric (as Frank D. Tobin)
Clay H. Wilson .... grip
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Greg Patterson .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Beverly McDermott .... casting: Florida
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Henrikson .... costumer
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Mort Schwartz .... costumer
Kristy Aitken Hernandez .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Pamela Ghaleb .... apprentice editor
Carol Ann Jackson .... assistant editor
Mary McGlone .... assistant editor
Lydia Telo .... assistant editor
Music Department
Billy May .... orchestrator
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Gwen Verdon .... special music & dance coordinator
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Princess Clare .... transportation coordinator: Nassau
Michael Connolly .... transportation coordinator
Dean E. Mason .... transportation coordinator
Mike Robinson .... driver: insert car
Steve Bonner .... production driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Rick Baker .... special creature consultant
James Steven Claridge .... diving services: Nassau
Susan Cornell .... dance consultant
Thane Cornell .... dance consultant
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Kingsley Griffin .... dolphin trainer: Nassau
Kathy Krueger .... dolphin trainer: Nassau
Robert Maharis .... location manager
Louisa Marie .... assistant: Mr. Howard
Gavin McKinney .... diving services: Nassau
Fred Newman .... dolphin voices
Mike Nomad .... underwater consultant: Nassau
Giedra Rackauskas .... auditor
Caprice Rothe .... alien movement choreographer
Teresa Stokovic .... production coordinator
Fred Zendar .... marine coordinator (as Manfred Zendar)
Jay Roberts .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In Say Anything... (1989), John Cusack plays Cocoon (1985) for a crowd of old folks at a retirement home.See more »
Continuity: Water in the pool becomes instantly still after the old men get out of it the first time.See more »
Jack Bonner:May the force be with you!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in In the Loop (2009)See more »
Chattanooga Choo ChooSee more »


What is 'Cocoon' about?
Where are the aliens from?
How does the movie end?
See more »
8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sweet film that probably means more today, 7 January 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

1985's Cocoon, directed by Ron Howard, asks - would you give up the emotional, mental and physical pain of growing old if you could? Baby boomers today feel that death is optional and seek out whatever it takes to make them feel and look young - so if Cocoon came out in 2008, it would perhaps resonate even more.

The story takes place in a rest home inhabited by a group of friends: Arthur (Don Ameche), Benjamin (Wilford Brimley) and his wife Marilyn (Maureen Stapleton), Joseph (Hume Cronyn) and his wife Alma (Jessica Tandy) and a perky red-head Bess (Gwen Verdon). The guys have taken to going to an abandoned pool house and swimming - without permission, of course. Then the building is rented by a man (Brian Dennehy). This same man also rents a boat from Jack Bonner (Steve Guttenberg), who is down on his luck and can use the money. He watches Jack, his beautiful assistant Kitty (Tahnee Welch) and some other people skindiving and bringing up huge silver packages. These packages are then dumped into the pool. After the men swim there one day, they find themselves suddenly rejuvenated and start having sex, staying up, nightclubbing and having more energy. Meantime, on the boat, Jack has gotten a look at Kitty getting ready for bed...and notices that she removes her skin as well as her clothes and glows in the dark.

This movie has many poignant moments - Alma coming to grips with the fact that her husband has always cheated, and the saddest of all, when Bernard (Jack Gilford) who has been violently opposed to the whole idea of the pool as a fountain of youth, desperately brings his wife there.

Howard cast this with an eye toward man's normal immortality - children - with Raquel Welch's daughter and Tyrone Power's son, Tyrone Power Jr. as Pillsbury - while telling the story of people who have a chance at a different kind of immortality. Both Power and Welch bear strong resemblance to their famous parents. The old-timers in the cast are among the greatest actors of their generation and sadly, we've lost nearly all of them now. Only Wilford Brimley remains. The film revived Don Ameche's career, and the cast returned for a sequel, "Cocoon: The Return." A wonderful film to see the old stars in a very touching story and to ask yourself - if you had the chance, would you take it?

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