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Cocoon: The Return (1988)

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The old age pensioners that left at the end of the first film come back to Earth to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to stay back on Earth?

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Daniel Petrie

Writers:

David Saperstein (characters), Stephen McPherson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Ameche ... Art Selwyn
Wilford Brimley ... Benjamin 'Ben' Luckett
Courteney Cox ... Sara
Hume Cronyn ... Joseph 'Joe' Finley
Jack Gilford ... Bernard 'Bernie' Lefkowitz
Steve Guttenberg ... Jack Bonner
Barret Oliver ... David
Maureen Stapleton ... Marilyn 'Mary' Luckett
Elaine Stritch ... Ruby Feinberg
Jessica Tandy ... Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon ... Bess McCarthy Selwyn
Tahnee Welch ... Kitty
Linda Harrison ... Susan
Tyrone Power Jr. Tyrone Power Jr. ... Pillsbury - Antarean
Mike Nomad Mike Nomad ... Doc
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Storyline

Art, Ben and Joe are back! So are their wives and good friend Bernie in their first adventure since their last! Five years since the senior citizens blasted off into space with the Antareans return to earth because their alien friends have to collect the rest of the cocoons in the ocean, believed to be in danger from an earthquake. Ben and Mary visit their family, while Art and Joe visit Bernie, who's still hangin' on. Art, Ben and Joe had forgotten what it was like on earth and immediately begin to feel their weaknesses, except for Art's wife who's pregnant! Meanwhile in the ocean, a biologist company snatched a cocoon out of the ocean and are doing research on it... Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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This holiday season, journey to the most wonderful place in the universe... home.


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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocoon 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,568,143, 27 November 1988

Gross USA:

$18,924,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,024,919
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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

Ben Luckett (Wilford Brimley) helps his grandson David to become a better baseball player. Brimley played the manager for the fictional baseball team The New York Knights in The Natural (1984). See more »

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When the men go to the beach the first time, Ben's sunburn appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Art Selwyn: There's no justice! If there were, it'd be *me* in there instead of her! *I'd* trade places with *her* in a *heartbeat*!
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Half of the clips shown through the end credits are scenes from the first film. See more »

Alternate Versions

All UK versions are cut by 1m 5s to heavily edit Bernie's attempted suicide by hanging in order to achieve a 'PG' rating. See more »

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Contradicts the spirit of the original
27 September 2006 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

The original Cocoon was touching, sweet, optimistic, and heartfelt. Most of the wonderful ensemble cast reunited for this sequel, but sadly, something went awry.

You learn nothing about what they've seen during five years spent with the aliens . Further, it seems like everything the characters accomplished the first time around was repealed in this story. Their desire to join the aliens in the first place was predicated on a variety of factors, but each of those reasons is dissected and trashed this time out. Suddenly, there is conflict and suffering during a brief one-week visit. Characters get sick, everyone argues, nobody seems happy. As if that isn't bad enough, a tragic suicide attempt is played almost like a joke. Since when is suicide funny? Steve Guttenberg's character was integral to the first movie, but now he's just written as a clownish buffoon. The grandson's teen angst is annoying.

There are a few notable moments, however. One scene between Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn is deeply touching. The plight of a captured alien being studied is properly sympathetic. But scenes like these are intermingled with a menagerie of subplots which dart around between serious and comedic.

This sequel wanders too far afield from the spirit of its predecessor. The result is gloomy and disappointing. See the original, instead.


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