The cast here doesn't include any names as big as those icons but they were nearly all genuine working relics from the Golden Age of Hollywood. The other story is of Aliens returning to Earth on an important mission that the old folks interrupt. There is also the matter of the dated special effects, which I remember being impressed by at the time, but much less so 30 years on. The screenplay was written by Tom Benedek, from David Saperstein's story. They absorb some of the life force, making them feel younger and stronger. Their friend Bernie reveals the secret of the pool to the other residents, who rush to the pool to swim in its waters.
Cocoon is a little bit of everything but not enough of anything. The other young notable cast member is Steve Guttenberg, whose mere presence lets you know that this is definitely a film of the 1980s. When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigour. Another Oscar went to the special effects team that worked on Cocoon -- incredibly enough, those misty, glowing aliens from the mid-1980s still hold up in today's world of computer-generated imaging. Hot on the heels of the mermaid love story, Ron Howard took on another seemingly too-bizarre-to-work plot and made a hit out of it. Director: Ron Howard Writers: Tom Benedek screenplay , David Saperstein story Stars: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn Watch online full movie: Cocoon 1985 for free. The theme of the movie is immortality.
I only wonder why they didn't hire some other older actor. Cocoon was released in theaters the same month I graduated from high school. Jack watches as the boat disappears inside the ship and departs. While the police are searching for the residents, David notices the boat starting and jumps onto the side as it pulls away. Eric mentioned how Cocoon was part of the last go round in feature films for aging stars of the studio era. There are still plenty of things to like, but it's far from perfect.
The older folks find their lives renewed with youthful vigor. I remember those years well. The three men swim among the rocks and no sooner than you can say Ponce De Leon, they are soon feeling younger than ever. There is also a bit of romance when Ameche seduces and dates Gwen Verdon as well as Welch and Guttenberg having alien sex. There is some humor to be found. The film was shot in and around : locations included the St.
The film ends with the Antarean vessel going towards a bright looking planet, assumed to be Antarea. Three of its residents, Ben, Arthur, and Joe, often trespass to swim in the pool next door. Was Mickey Rooney too busy that year? Ameche, Brimley and Cronyn all attack their roles with gusto. Whereas it makes them healthier it also causes some trouble. Cocoon also put several elderly luminaries of the silver screen back in the spotlight. After all, at most they have another 10-15 years of life if they stay here. He does the most he can with material that, after an immensely promising opening, heads into the predictable territory of Spielberg-inspired beatific science fiction.
The catch being -there's always a catch- that they have to leave Earth and never see their friends or family again until the sequel. The Coast Guard boats stop to pick him up, giving the others a chance to get away. Part of Cocoon's charm lies in its originality and in not knowing what's going to happen next. It is definitely the elderly cast that brings the real charm to the story. Slightly more embarrassing is the break dancing scene where an obvious stand-in performs in Ameche's place. The other retirement home residents become suspicious after witnessing Ben's wife Mary climb a tree.
The boat is being chased by the Coast Guard, so with little time left, David says a tearful goodbye to Ben and Mary before jumping off into the water. The Golden Girls began its seven season run that September both Don Ameche and Jack Gilford would make guest appearances. One is Tahnee Welch, who is the daughter of Raquel and the other is Tyrone Power Jr. Walter explains that the cocoons cannot now survive the trip back to Antarea, but will be able to survive on Earth. Photos © Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation 1985. The Oscar winning special effects haven't aged all that badly. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011.
A sequel, , was released in 1988, in which almost all of the original cast reprised their roles. Next door to the house the Antareans are renting is a. The first time around I was far more caught up in the Aliens story but this time I was moved by the old folks. This is most noticeable in the pool scene where they perform several dives without the aid of a stuntman. Cagney in Ragtime, Astaire in Ghost Story, Hepburn and Fonda in On Golden Pond.
He was only 51 years old when this movie came out. For most of us this would be an easy decision. Not only did the uplifting movie go over well with audiences of all ages, the Academy saw an inspired performance by lead Don Ameche and gave him the Best Supporting Actor in 1986. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons. Also working against the alien side of the story is the fact that it's never resolved, at least not in this film. Romancing the Stone turned out to be a huge commercial success and gave Zemeckis the clout to do which he had already scripted and had been previously turned down by every major studio. Later that night the women in their lives rejoice about it as well.