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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Did You Know?


Brian Dennehy is seen at the end of the film, reprising his role as Walter the alien leader. Dennehy agreed to reprise his role from the first film as a favor to his castmates and accepted no payment for doing so. See more »


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


Ruby: Most people our age are a pain in the ass.
Bernie: Most people our age are *dead*.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Jaws (1975) See more »


Jack's Future
Composed & conducted by James Horner
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13 January 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I had hesitated on watching this sequel because it good bad reviews, but I really enjoyed it. They had to come back for the cocoons, right? What makes this movie worthwhile is that all of the Seniors struggle with whether they want to leave Earth again. Immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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