DVD 117 mins IMDB 6.5 (9,005 votes)
20th Century Fox (1985)
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Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
USA  /  English

Don Ameche Arthur Selwyn
Wilford Brimley Benjamin Luckett
Hume Cronyn Joseph Finley
Brian Dennehy Walter
Jack Gilford Bernard Lefkowitz
Steve Guttenberg Jack Bonner
Maureen Stapleton Marilyn Luckett
Jessica Tandy Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon Bess McCarthy
Herta Ware Rosie Lefkowitz
Tahnee Welch Kitty
Barret Oliver David
Linda Harrison Susan
Tyrone Power Jr. Pillsbury
Clint Howard John Dexter

Director Ron Howard
Producer David Brown; Lili Fini Zanuck; Richard D. Zanuck
Writer Tom Benedek; David Saperstein; Tom Benedley
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Musician James Horner; Michael Sembello
User Credit 1 Daniel P. Hanley; Mike Hill
User Credit 2 Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Cocoon is a warm-hearted science-fiction fable that avoids becoming overly corny thanks to the performances of its mostly senior cast. Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronyn are three old-timers who sneak out of their retirement home a few days a week to swim in the large pool on an abandoned estate next door. When the threesome begins to feel curiously younger, they discover strange pods on the floor of the pool. These pods are alien cocoons, which are being pulled from the ocean by a team of extra-terrestrials in human form led by Walter (Brian Dennehy), who has hired a local charter operator (Steve Guttenberg) to assist him. Walter explains to the seniors that energy from the cocoons is restoring youth and vigor to the older men every time they go for a dip. The aliens agree to let the men continue to swim in secret, but of course they can't keep their discovery to themselves. Soon the pool is swarming with retirees, with the notable exception of Bernie (Jack Gilford), who has no interest in prolonging life any longer than necessary. The aliens ultimately prepare to return home and offer the retirees eternal life if they leave Earth behind as well. Director Ron Howard treats his old-timers with care and dignity, and they respond with deeply sympathetic performances (Ameche won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar); the film's science-fiction trappings ably sustain the story's all-too-human ruminations on youth, aging, life, and death. — Don Kaye

Edition Details
Barcode 024543115878
Region Region 1
Release Date 6/1/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 It is everything you've dreamed of. It is nothing you expect.
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Trivia: Wilford Brimley was only 50 years old at the time of this film's production. He had to have his hair dyed gray in order to make him look geriatric. (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Rose visibly swallows after she dies. (more)

Ben Luckett: Bernie, why don't you stop being like that. We're doing this for Joe.
Bernie: Joe? Is Joe above the law?
Ben Luckett: Yeah.

Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations (more)