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Cocoon (1985)

Don Ameche , Wilford Brimley , Ron Howard  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: David Saperstein, Tom Benedek
  • Producers: David Brown, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Robert Doudell
  • Format: Subtitled, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HAV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cocoon" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Ron Howard profile
  • Underwater training
  • Actors
  • Creating Antareans
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Don Ameche (1985 Academy Award®, Best Supporting Actor), Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Wilford Brimley and Steve Guttenberg star in this charming fantasy adventure.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every "old folk" should see this... November 6, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When I first saw this film on video, I decided to rent a video player and visit my elderly parents...and they never had such a good time.My folks are gone now, and my stubborn dad, who hated practically everything, laughed is butt off. He hated movies, in general, but his reaction to "Cocoon" was gratifyting to me. I could analyze many aspects of the film, but there's little to say, other than the fact that the actors were in touch with their material and ran with it. Ron Howard made a more important film than he may know. To me, anyway... Every old folk should see this film.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving, funny, and original sci-fi/fantasy/drama. December 7, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the few movies I've seen that has really made me cry. Director Ron Howard scores it big with this wonderful movie, and the plot is verrrrry original; three old men who live at a retirement center sneak over to a close-by deserted house every day to take a swim in the swimming pool. But a group of aliens disguised as humans come down to earth to save some of their comrades that they left there thousands of years ago, who are now sealed in large rock-like cocoons beneath the ocean, and take them home. And when they put the cocoons in the swimming pool to keep them alive and the old men go for a swim, they come out feeling like a million bucks! This would be a perfect family film if it wasn't so sexual and vulgar at times (hence the PG-13 rating). But for nine years and up, this is a sure treat. Don Ameche does a wonderful job as one of the old men, and Steve Guttenberg is downright funny as the guy who owns the boat the aliens use, and has a love affair with one of the aliens, as well. It has good lessons on friendship and love, and is a tear-jerker at times. A VERY GOOD movie!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue of stranded aliens leads to charming comedy December 23, 2003
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A group of aliens arrives in a Florida retirement community to rescue their colleagues who have been cocooned and settled beneath the sea. The aliens unzip and zip on their human costumes - the initial unveiling, witnessed by the boat captain, is beautiful and worthy of an award - and stash their rescued buddies in the compound's swimming pool. The retirees, after swimming in the pool, experience personal rejuvenation: they make love like teenage boys, eat like athletes, and Don Ameche's Olympian diving performance is memorable in itself. And then the retirees, now in on the secret, are asked to choose between attaining immortality by leaving with the aliens - or living our their lifespan on earth with their surviving loved ones.
Wonderful, heartening and heartbreaking, inspiring film, directed by Ron Howard, and soooo beautifully cast.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendly Extraterrestrials April 16, 2001
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If you have read Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, please get to this film. A positive vision of Extraterrestrials. They are a world where people do not age, where there is no war, where is no disease, where there is no hatred. We can of course think there are no feelings either. Yet, there are and when they are confronted to the human world they discover feelings in no time, and those are not human at all, they are universal : the sadness of death, the sadness of leaving friends, and a few others, even love. Old people dream of living forever, even if it means being productive forever. There is nothing worse for pensioners than to be pensioners, that is to say people completely controled by rules and who have no productive activities for society or other people. A world of eternal productivity is a dream that only pensioners can afford. But it is the most human and the deepest feeling of them all. And this can only come from an estraterrestrial vision of the world. Will our society get to that level, ever, we don't know, we hope so, but we definitely cannot say it will happen ever. A marvelous film about aging and the drama of becoming useless for society, and a slave of dumb rules that deprive you of any freedom or free choice. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Paris Universities II and IX.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Movie From the Eighties September 2, 2004
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This is one of my favorite films from Director Ron Howard. It's a highly original sci-fi story that is more character and story driven that is not heavily reliant on CGI, unlike a lot of what passes today for summer entermainment. The story involves a group of benevolent aliens who return to Earth near the Florida coast to retrieve some comrades that were left behind on a prior mission from the bottom of the ocean. They store their lifepods in a swimming pool that some local retirees use and to the surprise of the seniors the pool contains a rejuvenating lifeforce. The cast, particularly the older actors, are uniformly excellent. One minor qualm is the finale of the film is somewhat derivative of Spielberg; the aliens mothership even looks like the one in "Close Encounters". I had not seen this film since it's initial release and it holds up remarkably well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, and an Excellent Feature August 12, 2006
Format:DVD
The Film COCOON is a definite classic.It's much more than just a comedy.The basic outline of the Aliens who come to rescue their groundcrew and how some old folks get involved is revealing on many levels. It is a great film with superb entertainment value, and if you look at it more deeply( after listening to The Directors Commentary)then you will be the richer for it.
The majority of scenes are all "practical" using the existing places in St Petersburg on the West Coast of Florida; this area is very historic in all respects. What some people may miss is that the evening shots are mostly done in or near the Bahamas( East Coast !!), so that was a bit of a cheat.
Anyway, the only down side of this edition is the dual Sided single Disc with Widescreen and Full Screen... those single discs with two sides are such a headache since their size is not consistent with most players ( especially PC based Players) but works perfectly on the DVP 642 by Phillips, as at this date, that Phillips DVD player is the best value for dollar DVD player around in Zone 1, which also plays mutiple Zones of various discs.
The Extra features are very good, especially on the general cost of this disc which is usually under 6 dollars.
You will see the problems with Analogue to digital transfers ( especially near the start) where the window shot is done Chroma-key, and some visual definition issues occur, which COULD have been cleaned up if the studio had spent the money.

Overall , an excellent package.
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Published 4 days ago by nuevarosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocoon is one of the best
This is one of my favorite sci fi fantasy films ever. I enjoy the characters immensely. Wish there were many more movies in this particular genre and made with this level of... Read more
Published 12 days ago by oftenwrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie.
Published 12 days ago by Patricia L. Soltesz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I use to love this movie as a kid. Watching it again took me back to being a kid. Love it!
Published 13 days ago by SassyMommyof2
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I did
Saw this movie when it first came out. Decided to purchase the blu ray. Glad I did.
Published 19 days ago by beachbum
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good film.
It's whats known as a, feel good movie. We need more of these feel good movies. Then maybe, just maybe we could actually feel good about ourselves once more.
Published 23 days ago by David Bowman
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappoionted
Noplace did this item say it was not coded for the USA. AFTER I could not play it in my DVD player, I saw it was coded for PAL - Region 2? Read more
Published 3 months ago by lesmoore2204
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves.
Had to have this in my collection. It's otherworldly without being ridiculous. Excellent actors and an artist for a director made that happen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anita Chosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Cocoon
Excellent movie- They don't write them like this any more.. I loved it when it first came out and had to order the cd so I could watch it when I wanted- Another classic.
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy J. Lafond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
It is a nice sweet movie about older people!!! I loved it the first time I saw it and enjoy seeing it again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Bonnie Fisher
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