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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 TonksSee all Product description
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Mark, Wallasey, Merseyside. 6/3/14.
in cocoon 2 they come back to earth with the oaps to regain there friends in the ocean ,but as one of the aops dies one of the couples decide to stay on earth with their daughter and grandson,the other couple one prefnant in her 70s decide to go back with the aliens and jack the fisherman is shown by one of the aliens a premonition of having a nice house and car wth a wife a nd two children,a great pair of film for all the family
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