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(1985)

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Hume Cronyn was a Golden Glove boxer and lost sight in one eye. In the scene where he hits the young orderly, without depth perception, he actually hit the young man and knocked him out.
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According to Ron Howard, several members of the cast liked to get into hypothetical discussions about the chance their characters were offered in the film. Maureen Stapleton was dead against it, while Don Ameche said he'd be the first in line.
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Wilford Brimley was only fifty years old at the time of this film's production. He had to have his hair dyed gray in order to make him look geriatric.
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The Boca Ciega Bay house of Dr. Chester and Doris Babat was rented by the production and renovated for filming of the pool scenes with a makeshift temporary structure built over their outdoor pool. The houseowners later built a permanent pool house based on the film's exact design, where they still relax many years later.
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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.
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Steve Guttenberg worked on this movie for less than his usual fee because he liked the script, and really wanted to work with Ron Howard.
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Brian Dennehy was arrested for driving under the influence on a night out with Steve Guttenberg during filming of the movie. After a night in the local police station, he thanked the officer responsible.
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Ron Howard's wife Cheryl, brother Clint, mother Jean, and father Rance appeared in this movie.
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In this movie, Don Ameche and Tyrone Power, Jr. share the screen together. In the 1930s, Ameche appeared in four movies with his father, Tyrone Power. (Those movies were Ladies in Love (1936), In Old Chicago (1938), Love Is News (1937), and Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)).
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Don Ameche won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar without receiving any previous nominations in other awards, which is a rare achievement when it comes to Oscar winners.
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Robert Zemeckis was originally going to direct the movie, but was denied after a poor test screening of Romancing the Stone (1984).
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The film marked the first collaboration between director Ron Howard and composer James Horner. Horner composed the music for many films directed by Howard, including Willow (1988), Apollo 13 (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), and A Beautiful Mind (2001).
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The tinted map Walter (Brian Dennehy) gives to Jack (Steve Guttenberg), showing him the underwater location of their search for cocoons, was an infrared aerial photograph of Bay County, Florida (where Panama City Beach is located) printed on a transparency.
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The music used for part of the sequence when the Coast Guard and the police are chasing the boat is nearly the same music used in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) when Spock is in the engine room trying to fix the warp drive. James Horner did the music for both films.
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Maureen Stapleton was about nine years older than Wilford Brimley.
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Wilford Brimley was only 11 years older than his on screen daughter, Linda Harrison.
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In his autobiography, Steve Guttenberg admits that Johnny Carson did not like him; that's why he rarely appeared on The Tonight Show to promote Cocoon or any other movie.
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Two firsts for the children of a famous actor and a famous actress: Tyrone Power, Jr.'s (son of Tyrone Power) film debut and Tahnee Welch's (daughter of Raquel Welch) American film debut.
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Ron Howard had originally wanted Joan Bennett for the role of Bess McCarthy, but since she had been talked out of taking the role by her husband, David Wilde, the role was offered to Gwen Verdon instead.
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In Say Anything (1989), John Cusack played this movie for a crowd of old folks at a retirement home. Both were released by 20th Century Fox.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Don Ameche, Jessica Tandy, and Maureen Stapleton; and two Oscar nominees: Hume Cronyn and Jack Gilford.
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Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Jack Bonner.
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Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy play a married couple. They would later play husband and wife again in Batteries Not Included (1987) before reprising their roles in Cocoon:The Return (1988). The pair were also married in real life from 1942 until Tandy's death in 1994.
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Don Ameche won Best Supporting Actor for this film on his only Academy Award nomination.
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Inspired by the novel of the same name by David Saperstein.
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Steve Guttenberg, Tahnee Welch, and Tyrone Power, Jr. appeared in Cocoon: The Return (1988) and 2 Lava 2 Lantula! (2016).
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The film can also work as a dark drama about Elder abuse, in the retirement home/village setting.
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Spoilers 

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Rose is the only main character to die in the film. In real life, Herta Ware actually outlived many of her co-stars.
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