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Cocoon / Cocoon: The Return [DVD] [1985 / 1987]
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Double bill of two gentle tales about friendly aliens, hope and rejuvenation. In the first 'Cocoon', three elderly friends in a Florida retirement home (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn) discover a swimming pool that renews their energy and gives them a new lease of life. The pool is full of cocoons belonging to a group of friendly aliens in human disguise. In 'Cocoon 2', the group, who were taken to a better life by the aliens in the original film, return to Earth for a visit. They help the aliens on a rescue mission to save the remaining cocoons left on Earth, which have become endangered by an imminent earthquake.
In 1985 Cocoon was a significant trend-bucker amongst summer blockbusters. Whereas other genre efforts were devised to lure a teenage audience into FX extravaganzas, this looked like one for their grandparents. Except that it turned out to be a gentle, affecting tale for all ages. Adapted from David Saperstein's novel, director Ron Howard took great delight in focusing on family relationships and the encroachment of old age (themes that reappeared in nearly all his work from here on).
The plot is rather surreal in summary: a group of Florida OAPs befriend aliens in next-door's swimming pool and are rejuvenated to youthful well-being. It's in the FX and characterisations that the story comes alive. Both were acknowledged with Academy Awards; with Don Ameche's supporting role deserving praise for more than just the moment when he does some bodypopping on the dance floor. Wilford Brimley is the real star, a bluff old codger wanting to do right by everyone. Steve Guttenberg provides comic support and allows for a little non-wrinkly nudity with foxy space gal Kitty (Tahnee Welch). ILM's visuals remain polished and inspired, but never allowing us to lose sight of the characters basking in their dazzle. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mark, Wallasey, Merseyside. 6/3/14.
As a film and a story in its own right it still works however. All the actors are top notch. Guttenburg is sufficiently 'Guttenburgy' and no doubt put a few bums on seats but it is the older cast that shine and are the heart of this film. Jessica Tandy, Don Ameche and Wilford Brimble all excel in very understated but touching roles. But it is Jack Gilford as Bernie who steals the show as the unexpected soul of the piece. His humanity and humility and honesty leads to a more touching ending than simply a boat-load of septogenarians riding off into the sunset to live forever. And Brian Dennehy is always worth the price tag!
Modest, moving and emotional. With aliens.
Cocoon is great!
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Cocoon is so well known that I think it's pointless to recount the plot, although what there is of it is faintly nonsensical (involving OAP's, aliens and Steve Guttenburg). What makes this film great however, is the wonderfully warm and enthusiastic interplay between the old cronies - Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy and Don Ameche all turning in excellent performances.
Ron Howard's sci-fi tale is engaging, sweet and funny leaving you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
A group of shut-ins at a rest home get a new lease on life when they're offered the gift of eternal youth by visiting aliens led by Brian Dennehy, who are visitors from a distant galaxy. Steve Guttenberg plays a charter boat captain who helps Brian Dennehy and Don Ameche, marshal their fellow seniors Hume Cronyn, Wilford Brimley, Jack Gilford, Jessica Tandy and Maureen Stapleton into making the choice between perennial youth or old age. They have come to Earth on a rescue mission to retrieve a secret which has lain hidden on the ocean floor for thousands of years. They share a more wondrous adventure of love and friendship that they could ever have imagined.
FILM FACT: Academy Awards® 1985: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Don Ameche. Best Visual Effects 1985: David Berry, Scott Farrar, Ralph McQuarrie and Ken Ralston. The film was shot in and around St. Petersburg, Florida: locations included the St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, Sunny Shores Rest Home, The Coliseum, and Snell Arcade buildings.
Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch, Barret Oliver, Linda Harrison, Tyrone Power Jr., Clint Howard, Jim Fitzpatrick, Charles Lampkin, Mike Nomad, Jorge Gil, James Ritz, Charles Rainsbury, Wendy J. Cooke, Pamela Prescott, Dinah Sue Rowley, Gabriella Sinclair, Cyndi Vicino, Russ Wheeler, Harold Bergman, Mark Cheresnick, Mark Simpson, Robert Slacum Jr.Read more ›
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Allways loved this wee gem of a movie by Ron Howard ......would have loved to seen a sequil
To push the story boundaries