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  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 1987
  • Matthew Robbins
  • 106 mins
  • PG

Summary

A family of tiny alien spacecraft intervenes to help the residents of a run-down Manhattan brownstone tenement stop greedy developers from demolishing their homes. However, the miniature flying saucers have the odds stacked against them as they bravely do all they can to save the day. Sci-fi fantasy, starring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Frank McRae and Elizabeth Pena.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The presence of the distinguished Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy makes this saccharine-sodden retread of Cocoon worth watching. They play residents of a doomed New York block of flats who find the unlikeliest of allies in the shape of a friendly group of alien space creatures. Although made by Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin, there is little of his magic touch here (even though it's based on one of his scripts for the Amazing Stories TV series), and director Matthew Robbins lets sentimentality run riot. Nevertheless, Cronyn and Tandy effortlessly rise above it all, and children and soft-hearted adults will be enchanted.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank RileyHume Cronyn
Faye RileyJessica Tandy
Harry NobleFrank McRae
MarisaElizabeth Peña
CarlosMichael Carmine
MasonDennis Boutsikaris
SidTom Aldredge
MurielJane Hoffman
GusJohn DiSanti
KovacsJohn Pankow
DeWittMacIntyre Dixon
LaceyMichael Greene
Mrs ThompsonDoris Belack
PamelaWendy Schaal

Crew

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DirectorMatthew Robbins

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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