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Cocoon (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | 21 June 1985 (USA)
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Tom Benedek (screenplay), David Saperstein (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Art Selwyn
Wilford Brimley ... Ben Luckett
Hume Cronyn ... Joe Finley
Brian Dennehy ... Walter
Jack Gilford ... Bernie Lefkowitz
Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Bonner
Maureen Stapleton ... Mary Luckett
Jessica Tandy ... Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon ... Bess McCarthy
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Rose 'Rosie' Lefkowitz
Tahnee Welch ... Kitty
Barret Oliver ... David
Linda Harrison ... Susan
Tyrone Power Jr. Tyrone Power Jr. ... Pillsbury
Clint Howard ... Rico
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Storyline

A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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It is everything you've dreamed of. It is nothing you expect. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocoon See more »

Filming Locations:

Clearwater, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,936,427, 23 June 1985

Gross USA:

$76,113,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,313,124
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy playing the old married couple Joseph and Alma Finley had, in real-life, also been married to each other for many years. See more »

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When Wilford Brimley and Maureen Stapleton are driving in the Cadillac and Brimley asks Stapleton if she has second thoughts about the trip into outer space, you can see the AAA sticker on the rear view mirror is upside down. See more »

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Jack Bonner: May the force be with you!
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UK cinema and video versions were cut by 2 secs by the BBFC to remove one brief use of the word 'fucking' for a PG certificate. The Blu-ray is uncut, upgraded to a 12 rating. See more »

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Interesting and thought-provoking
9 August 2004 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

Made 20 years ago with some former well-known actors, this film has stood the test of time very well and delivers a very interesting and thought-provoking story about the mortality of man.

A group of people in a retirement village discover a neighbouring swimming pool which is out of bounds, but they have fun in it nevertheless. There are some strange objects lying on the bottom of the pool, but even more strange is the fact that after swimming there the old folk feel transformed and the vigor of their youth returns to their bodies. This makes for some light comedy as their hormones begin to take over.

These old people have a very serious decision to make and it is not an easy one. This is probably the best part of the film. Should they accept or decline the invitation? Having made the decision there is no turning back! We ask ourselves...what would we do placed in their circumstances? We feel very much involved. Thinking it over, isn't this proposal very much like what the Christian churches are promising us?

The final memorial church service by the sea is such a fitting ending and the little grandson David gives such a knowing smile as he raises his eyes to the sky.


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