Ron Howard (1985)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


The elderly residents of a retirement home treat themselves to an occasional dip in the pool at an abandoned house. It turns out that friendly aliens in human form are using the place to restore dormant members of their species - and energy from their cocoons is giving the old-timers a new lease of life. Ron Howard's sci-fi drama, with Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Don Ameche and Steve Guttenberg.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray