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Forever Young (1992)

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.



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Steven (as Michael Goorjian)
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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 in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows is that he's been awoken in 1992. Written by Rob Hartill

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Time waits for no man but true love waits forever


Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language and domestic conflict | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of Daniel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,609,875 (USA) (20 December 1992)


$55,956,200 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The phone number Daniel says, is also seen on Jim Rockford's phone in the opening title sequence of The Rockford Files (1974). See more »


When Daniel attempts to enter Alexander Field, the gate guard denies him access. In one shot, from behind the guard, he has his left arm extended to physically impede Daniel from entering as he tells him that he cannot allow him to enter. In the next shot, from a reverse angle behind Daniel, the guard now has his right arm extended to block Daniel's progress. See more »


Daniel: Do you ever feel lost?
Claire Cooper: I invented it. It's mine.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Goldblum/Aerosmith (1993) See more »


You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Sung by Elijah Wood
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Touching and Enjoyable
21 January 2003 | by (SanFransico, California) – See all my reviews

This is a very sweet story. It wasn't the face of Mel Gibson that got me, or even the idealistic premise or the laugh that was produced when I saw an extremely young Elijah Woods in yet another dramatic, power-packed role. There was just something about the film...

Daniel McCormick doesn't mind taking chances. A test pilot with a devil-may- care attitude toward death, he performs live stunts, has a great sense of humor, and is passionately in love with his childhood friend Helen. His best friend Harry Findley is a scientist for the war department who has just successfully

completed a test run of his latest invention... which has the ability to successfully freeze a living form for a certain amount of time. He's tested the system on a live chicken and returned it to full health after six weeks of being frozen. The next step up is a human being.

Spring is all around them, and Daniel feels that he should propose to Helen, but the "words just don't get past his throat." Chickening out just before she's due to leave town for a few weeks on-assignment, Daniel gives her a passing

kiss and steps into the nearest phone booth to call up Harry and tell him that he "almost" did it. With horror, he steps out of the booth to find Helen laying on the pavement, having just been hit by a truck. His chance is lost. She lies in a coma for two weeks... three weeks... six weeks...

"I can't bear to see her die, Harry," he tells his friend. And then drops the bombshell... he wants to be frozen for a year. If Helen wakes up, he wants to come back, but if she doesn't, leave him. Somewhat warily, Harry agrees... and Daniel is frozen in time. But something goes wrong... and we flash-forward to the present, in which two little boys, Nat and Felix, are fooling around in an old government warehouse. Pretending that the canister is a submarine, they

accidentally reverse the process and bring Daniel back.

Suddenly it's 1992, and Daniel is in a world with which he has no connections. What happened? Why would Harry leave him frozen? Whatever happened to

Helen? These are questions that must be answered... but as he searches for the truth, Daniel realizes that something is wrong. Something strange is happening to him. And even his newfound friends, Nat and his mother Claire, cannot fully explain the sudden changes in his life.

Forever Young is the kind of film that appeals to romantics at heart. I was

completely unprepared for the turn that the plot took halfway through, but when one reflects, there really is no other ending that would feel right. It has excellent performances by Mel Gibson and Elijah Wood, although the women in the

production seem too pale and under-emphasized. It's a science fiction

adventure, a romance, a comedy, and yet in part a tragedy. It's also the story of growing into manhood, in its own peculiar little way. The charisma is there, the plot is very well thought-out, and yet there's almost a somberness to the ending, which is bittersweet/ There is some language, but it doesn't overly detract from the script and is at times appropriate in shocking Daniel into the modern world.

For a guy who says "heck," "darn," and other mild alternatives to popular

profanities, he's suitably wide-eyed when a woman is verbally venting. There's very little violence except for a fistfight between Daniel and an Claire's abusive ex-boyfriend. Sensuality is present, as is mild backside nudity only seen briefly in the shadows. Some passionate kissing never goes any further, a woman is

seen briefly in her bra (and with a torn shirt); but viewers should be forewarned that Claire's boyfriend shows up, slaps her around, and forces her onto a table. This element surprised me, since I wasn't warned in any of the reviews I read online.

It's definintly a family film, and the type of film I'll watch again and again. It's funny, cute and sweet. I loved it, it may be one of my all time favorites.

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