Cocoon

  • PG
  • Ron Howard (1985)
  • US
  • 112 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Director Ron Howard hit the big time with this blockbuster about pensioners finding a new lease of life after stumbling across aliens on a rescue mission from another planet. What saves it from a complete wallow in sentimentality is the sharp and sassy playing of a distinguished cast of Hollywood legends - Oscar-winning Don Ameche, real-life husband and wife Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Wilford Brimley - all of whom easily steal the show from the bland but youthful Steve Guttenberg and Tahnee Welch. Howard handles the human drama and sci-fi with equal aplomb and the feel-good sentiments certainly struck a chord - a sequel followed three years later. However, a dash of Victor Meldrew's One Foot in the Grave-style cynicism would not have gone amiss.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction fantasy starring Steve Guttenberg and Brian Dennehy. A group of aliens from a distant planet land in Florida to rescue their compatriots who have been lying dormant in cocoons for the past 10,000 years. But the presence of the aliens has a strange effect on the elderly residents of a rest home.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack Bonner
Steve Guttenberg
Walter
Brian Dennehy
Art Selwyn
Don Ameche
Ben Luckett
Wilford Brimley
Joe Finley
Hume Cronyn
Bernie Lefkowitz
Jack Gilford
Mary Luckett
Maureen Stapleton
Alma Finley
Jessica Tandy
Bess McCarthy
Gwen Verdon
Rose Lefkowitz
Herta Ware
Kitty
Tahnee Welch
David
Barret Oliver
Susan
Linda Harrison
Pillsbury
Tyrone Power Jr
John Dexter
Clint Howard
Pops
Charles Lampkin
Doc
Mike Nomad
Lou Pine
Jorge Gil

Crew

Director
Ron Howard

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama