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Cocoon: The Return (1988)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Mystery  |  23 November 1988 (USA)
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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?



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Art, Ben and Joe are back! So are their wives and good friend Bernie in their first adventure since their last! Five years since the senior citizens blasted off into space with the Antareans return to earth because their alien friends have to collect the rest of the cocoons in the ocean, believed to be in danger from an earthquake. Ben and Mary visit their family, while Art and Joe visit Bernie, who's still hangin' on. Art, Ben and Joe had forgotten what it was like on earth and immediately begin to feel their weaknesses, except for Art's wife who's pregnant! Meanwhile in the ocean, a biologist company snatched a cocoon out of the ocean and are doing research on it... Written by Dylan Self <>

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This holiday season, journey to the most wonderful place in the universe... home.


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Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cocoon 2  »

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$17,500,000 (estimated)


$18,924,919 (USA)

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The film takes place in 1990. See more »


When Bernie tries to hang himself, the rope is in front of his left ear in close-ups and lower, around his neck, in the longer-distance shot. See more »


Art Selwyn: There's no justice! If there were, it'd be *me* in there instead of her! *I'd* trade places with *her* in a *heartbeat*!
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Crazy Credits

Half of the clips shown through the end credits are scenes from the first film. See more »


References Breaking Away (1979) See more »


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A worthy follow up to the original
19 February 2005 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

After I enjoyed the first Cocoon so much I decided that the sequel could not be too bad. For the most part, the Cocoon: The Return remains a generally enjoyable film even if most of the magic remained in the original. In this one, the elderly friends return back to earth to catch up on everything that had missed out on while they were away. The biggest problem when they get back to earth is that all of the special protection from illness and aging that they had with the aliens eventually wears off, and if they don't get back to their planet with the aliens quickly, some of them may die. Overall, an enjoyable and harmless sequel to the original. If you liked the original you will most likely enjoy this sequel. ***1/2 out of *****.

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