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Cocoon: the Return

Cocoon: the Return

Daniel Petrie (1988)

PG Certificate
Wed 1 Feb 4am - 6am Sky Cinema Sci-fi/Horror


Our Score
In this sci-fi sequel, director Daniel Petrie strains far too hard to recapture the touching whimsy of Ron Howard's original film and succeeds only in producing a mawkish melodrama. Although the dapper Don Ameche reprises his Oscar-winning role of Art Selwyn, there is much less of a spring in his step, and fellow old folks Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn are clearly equally uncomfortable with a script in which an emphasis on the joy of living has been overlaid with a glum resignation to the consolation prizes of old age. The performances remain endearing, however, and it can still raise a tear if you're in the mood.


Three elderly couples return to Earth five years after leaving to retire on a distant planet, surprising their families, who assumed they were dead. Several of their alien friends have come back with them to recover members of their own race left behind in cocoons on the ocean floor, one of whom has been abducted by a government research institute. Sci-fi sequel, with Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, Steve Guttenberg and Jessica Tandy.

Cast & Crew

Art Selwyn Don Ameche
Joe Finley Hume Cronyn
Ben Luckett Wilford Brimley
Sara Courteney Cox
Bernie Lefkowitz Jack Gilford
Jack Bonner Steve Guttenberg
David Barret Oliver
Mary Luckett Maureen Stapleton
Ruby Elaine Stritch
Alma Finley Jessica Tandy
Bess McCarthy Gwen Verdon
Director Daniel Petrie
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Guidance: Some violence and wearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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