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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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A genre film but balanced enough to avoid the cliché and easy tricks See more (53 total) »


  (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 (as Michael Goorjian)

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 (as Kenny Ransom)
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
Dorothy Bulac .... props
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
Jeff Grismer .... pilot: Stearman 450
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: 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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Movie Connections:
References Ghostbusters (1984)See more »
The Very Thought of YouSee more »


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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A genre film but balanced enough to avoid the cliché and easy tricks, 4 August 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Captain Daniel McCormick is a happy-go-luck pilot who is known for his risk taken and no-strings lifestyle. As much as he wants to settle down with his longterm sweetheart, he cannot bring himself to say the words. However when she is put into a coma in a car accident and the doctors say there is no hope of recovery he goes off the deep end and decides to volunteer to be frozen in an experiment being carried out by his friend Harry Finley. 53 years later he is woken up in a military storage unit by two young boys who were just messing around. Without a clue what happened to him or what to do, Daniel turns to the two boys for help.

It sounds rather corny and obvious and, in a way, I suppose it is but by not ever playing it for laughs or being self-mocking the film creates a tone that means it all works as long as you meet it on its terms. The story is sentimental and slushy and in this way I imagine it will put many viewers off for being this way. I surprised myself by actually liking it though and finding it all rather engaging and sweet. Although I doubt he knows where Lost is going, Abrams does a good job as writer to avoid cliché and mush the best he can. Miner matches this by directing in a controlled manner that holds back on the sweeping music and emotion until he can actually use them.

The cast work well with this approach and avoid the film becoming a soapy television movie. Gibson may not have had the best of days recently PR-wise (alleged drunk-driving and alleged anti-Semitic remarks) but here he is charming and reasonably good at the emotion. Of course he could have been better considering that when he awoke after 50 years the loss of his wife would still be fresh in his mind. Curtis is solid enough and deals with the material given her. The child support are better than I expected even if they are a bit "cute" in the way all Hollywood kids are. Wood works well with Gibson, which I suppose is the important thing.

Overall this is a solid and enjoyable romantic film that is a bit slushy and melodramatic. It avoids cliché well enough but you do need to meet it on its terms and not be cynical. Not one for the die-hard action fans but it is a good date movie that is gentle and balanced enough to find a mixed audience without losing touch with the genre.

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