Don Ameche, Wilford Bramley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack
Gillford, Steve Guttenberg, Tahnee Welch
1985, 117 Minutes, Directed by: Ron Howard
Description:A group of aliens travel to a Florida
retirement community to rescue some long-stranded colleagues cocooned and buried
beneath the sea. But as the aliens take on human form and stash their
counterparts in a swimming pool, a group of elderly retirees discover the pool
and after swimming in the water find themselves rejuvenated, with boundless
energy and insatiable appetites. Soon the retirees are forced to choose between
living out their lives on earth with their families, or leaving with the aliens
and attaining immortality.
(the sweet kid from Happy Days) does Close
behind the director's chair. Happy Days meet E.T.? Not
Although much of Cocoon's iconography (the UFOs,
the aliens) has been stolen from Spielberg, this is one of those
movies that leaves one with a warm glowing feeling after leaving
the cinema - and it wasn't the poor air-conditioning...
who cannot be warmed by a tale of a bunch of loveable geriatrics
who grow younger because of their proximity to alien pods stored
nearby and who are finally taken away by those same aliens?
movie is also commendable for featuring probably the only sex
scene between an alien and an earthling (Steve Guttenberg of
Police Academy fame) - even though the alien is Raquel
Welch's daughter and is every bit as sexy . . .
the way, this movie made enough money to warrant a sequel in
which the geriatrics returns to earth on some lame pretext - not
the point of the exercise really.