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Forever Young -- Academy Award-winner Mel Gibson stars in this romantic action/adventure about a test pilot who is transported from 1939 to 1992 in a top-secret cryogenics experiment.
Forever Young -- US Home Video Trailer from Warner Bros.


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Writer (WGA):
J.J. Abrams (written by)
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Release Date:
16 December 1992 (USA) See more »
Time waits for no man but true love waits forever
A 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Capt. Daniel McCormick

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Claire Cooper

Elijah Wood ... Nat Cooper

Isabel Glasser ... Helen

George Wendt ... Harry Finley

Joe Morton ... Cameron

Nicolas Surovy ... John

David Marshall Grant ... Lt. Col. Wilcox USAF

Robert Hy Gorman ... Felix
Millie Slavin ... Susan Finley

Michael A. Goorjian ... Steven

Veronica Lauren ... Alice

Art LaFleur ... Alice's Father

Eric Pierpoint ... Fred

Walton Goggins ... Gate MP (as Walt Goggins)

Amanda Foreman ... Debbie
Karla Tamburrelli ... Blanche Finley

Robert Munns ... Wrong Harry

JD Cullum ... Frank (as J.D. Cullum)

Ava Lazar ... Waitress at Diner, 1992
Richard Ryder ... Pilot at Airshow
Michael Briggs ... Pilot at Airshow

Kenneth Ransom ... Officer at Warehouse
Jared Chandler ... Officer at Warehouse
Jon Menick ... Doctor at Airfield

Paul Ganus ... Airbase Personnel, 1939
Jason Rainwater ... Airbase Personnel, 1939 (as Jason Iorg)
Mary Ellen Moore ... Ticket Woman
Miriam Beesley ... Woman at Picnic
Lisa Savage ... Woman at Picnic
Cody Burger ... Boy at Picnic
Dean Hallo ... Man at Picnic

Greg Allan Martin ... Man at Picnic

Joel McKinnon Miller ... Man at Picnic
William Marquez ... Hospital Doctor
Steve Hinton Jr. ... Boy with Ice Cream
John Bourg ... Daniel, Age 11
Ara Maxwell ... Helen, Age 11
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David J. Billings ... Airman (uncredited)
Michael Forte ... Milkman (uncredited)
Jack Kandel ... Scientist (uncredited)
Jason Long ... (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... B-25 Crew Member at Air Show (uncredited)

Mike Muscat ... Man in hardware store (uncredited)
Greg R. Stone ... Hero Extra (uncredited)
Christopher Yohe ... Officer Burton (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Miner 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (written by) (as Jeffrey Abrams)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Bruce Davey .... producer
Edward S. Feldman .... executive producer
Mel Gibson .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd 
Film Editing by
Jon Poll 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca 
Art Direction by
Bruce Alan Miller 
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart 
Jan Pascale 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
Lona Jeffers .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects artist
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects artist
Robert E. Watson .... crew: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Production Management
Stephen McEveety .... unit production manager (as Stephen M. McEveety)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... first assistant director
Carl Beyer .... third assistant director (second unit)
David R. Ellis .... second unit director
John D. Kuberski .... second second assistant director
Kimberly Law .... dga trainee
David N. Schrager .... second assistant director (as David Schrager)
John G. Scotti .... second assistant director: second unit
Andy Spilkoman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Greg Aronowitz .... model builder
Kai Blomberg .... set dresser
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator
Dan Colegrove .... propmaker
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Steven DeSantis .... propmaker
Ryan Effner .... mechanical
Jann K. Engel .... set designer
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Curtis Gutierrez .... set dresser
John Harrington .... assistant property master
Danny Hinzo .... painter
Jonas Kirk .... propmaker foreman
Mark Knapton .... propmaker
Robert Lucas .... lead man
Tony Miller .... plasterer
Glenn H. Roberts .... on-set dresser
Doug Sieck .... set dresser
Gary Stel .... toolman
John Sweeney .... assistant propmaster
Richard Toyon .... set designer (as Richard Yanez)
Timothy Vierra .... propmaker
Steven Wolff .... set designer
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Mendell .... miniature builder (uncredited)
Sound Department
G.W. Brown .... supervising adr editor
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound editor
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Kini Kay .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Nash Michael .... foley editor
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
James M. Tanenbaum .... production sound mixer
Peter Tomaszewicz .... sound editor
Todd Toon .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects technician: Cannom Creations
Peter Chesney .... special effects supervisor
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Joe Heffernan .... special effects technician
Jarn Heil .... special effects technician
Dean W. Miller .... special effects foreman
Sandra Stewart .... special effects technician
Greg R. Stone .... special effects technician
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Gregory Barnett)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
John T. Cypert .... stunts (as John Thomas Cypert)
Annie Ellis .... stunts
David R. Ellis .... stunt coordinator (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis .... stunts (as Richard Ellis)
Tony Epper .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunt double: Mel Gibson
Mic Rodgers .... stunts (as Mic Rogers)
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Fieldsteel .... best boy
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Alex Jachno .... electrician
David James .... still photographer
Annie McEveety .... first assistant camera
Patrick Murray .... gaffer
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Ty Suehiro .... grip
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Perry Rose .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter .... music arranger: title theme
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Maria Newman .... musician
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Transportation Department
Richard Burch .... driver: insert car
Michael Forte .... driver: Mel Gibson
Other crew
Serena Baker .... location assistant
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Chris Silver Finigan .... production accountant
Linda Fox .... production assistant
James W. Gavin .... aerial coordinator
Steve Hinton .... pilot: B-25
June Jordan .... stand-in
Rob Klein .... production assistant
Shauna L. Kroen .... assistant accountant
Mike Muscat .... acting coach
Chris Winn .... craft service
Jeff Winn .... key craft service

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Rated PG for some language and domestic conflict
102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The B-25J seen in this film is known as "Photo Fanny" and is located at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California.See more »
Continuity: While Daniel is about to make dinner, Nat's hands are alternately folded/resting on the table between shots.See more »
Daniel:[climbing out of the wrecked airplane] If she comes with a warranty, I'll take her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995)See more »
The Very Thought of YouSee more »


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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Touching and Enjoyable, 21 January 2003
Author: Julia (Rinoa51) from SanFransico, California

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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