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Cocoon

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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.

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Ron Howard profile
  • Underwater training
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  • Creating Antareans
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00020HAV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cocoon" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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Ron Howard's COCOON (1985), while an entertaining and charming film on many levels, is really a young man's view of what it's like to grow old. The story revolves around a group of senior citizens living in a Florida retirement community who discover that their neighbor's indoor swimming pool doubles as a Fountain of Youth. Wilford Brimley, Don Amici, and Hume Cronyn are the three friends who first discover the magic water, to the delight of their wives and girlfriends (Maureen Stapleton, Gwen Verdon, and Jessica Tandy). There are a lot of funny scenes about renewed libido, break dancing, and suddenly being able to read the bottom line on the eye chart at Motor Vehicles. And it's fun watching these old timers getting a new lease on life.

The parellel story is about aliens, who have returned to Earth to collect their friends who have been hibernating for ten thousand years in rock-like cocoons at the bottom of the ocean. Brian Dennehy plays the head alien, Tahnee Welch plays his gorgeous lieutenant, and Steve Guttenberg plays the human boat captain who helps them retrieve the cocoons. The aliens have been storing these cocoons in the above-mentioned swimming pool, and using their alien super powers to charge the water with life-restoring energy. This is why the senior citizens are suddenly running around like college kids with all the energy in the world.

All this works, and it's a cute film with plenty of screen time for some older actors who deserve to play center stage. What doesn't work, however, is the film's final act.
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