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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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Just as the first film, the cast includes three Oscar winners: Don Ameche, Jessica Tandy, Maureen Stapleton; and two Oscar nominees: Hume Cronyn and Jack Gilford. See more »


The color of Ben's hair changes from white to gray throughout the film. See more »


Ben Lucket: Last one in is a pantywaist!
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Never as good, but something here
13 September 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Completely lacking in originality, and even more in unpredictability, "The Return" gives one the feeling of 'déjà vu', as director Petrie sticks with the identical formula in order to guarantee success. This unfortunately also guarantees that we will get no inspiration from this sequel.

Yet in this light it is well filmed, with each character returning to fill us with the same emotions as the first "Cocoon" film. Stars Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and Steve Gutenberg all return among others. James Horner's music is also back to enhance the mood. Never as good as the first, but never mind.

Sunday, May 24, 1992 - Video

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