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Cocoon Details

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Cocoon is a warm-hearted science-fiction fable that avoids becoming overly corny thanks to the performances of its mostly senior cast. Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, and Hume Cronyn are three old-timers who sneak out of their retirement home a few days a week to swim in the large pool on an abandoned estate next door. When the threesome begins to feel curiously younger, they discover strange pods on the floor of the pool. These pods are alien cocoons, which are being pulled from the ocean by a team of extra-terrestrials in human form led by Walter (Brian Dennehy), who has hired a local charter operator (Steve Guttenberg) to assist him. Walter explains to the seniors that energy from the cocoons is restoring youth and vigor to the older men every time they go for a dip. The aliens agree to let the men continue to swim in secret, but of course they can't keep their discovery to themselves. Soon the pool is swarming with retirees, with the notable exception of Bernie (Jack Gilford), who has no interest in prolonging life any longer than necessary. The aliens ultimately prepare to return home and offer the retirees eternal life if they leave Earth behind as well. Director Ron Howard treats his old-timers with care and dignity, and they respond with deeply sympathetic performances (Ameche won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar); the film's science-fiction trappings ably sustain the story's all-too-human ruminations on youth, aging, life, and death. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ken Ralston Best Visual Effects 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ralph McQuarrie Best Visual Effects 1985 Winner
Directors Guild of America Ron Howard Best Director 1985 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Farrar Best Visual Effects 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Ameche Best Supporting Actor 1985 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Berry Best Visual Effects 1985 Winner

Cast

Don Ameche
as Art Selwyn
Wilford Brimley
as Ben Luckett
Hume Cronyn
as Joe Finley
Brian Dennehy
as Walter
Jack Gilford
as Bernie Lefkowitz
Steve Guttenberg
as Jack Bonner
Maureen Stapleton
as Mary Luckett
Jessica Tandy
as Alma Finley
Gwen Verdon
as Bess McCarthy
Herta Ware
as Rose Lefkowitz
Tahnee Welch
as Kitty
Barret Oliver
as David
Linda Harrison
as Susan
Tyrone Power, Jr.
as Pillsbury
Clint Howard
as John Dexter
Mike Nomad
as Doc
Rance Howard
Jorge Gil
as Lou Pine
James Ritz
as DMV Clerk
Pamela Prescott
as Alien
Gabriella Sinclair
as Alien
Russ Wheeler
as Doctor
Harold Bergman
as Reverend
Fred Broderson
as Dock Master
Jean Speegle Howard
as Woman
Ted Science
as Policeman
Cindi Vicino
as Teller
Russ Wheeler
as Doctor
Ted Science
as Policeman
Gabriella Sinclair
as Alien
Fred Broderson
as Dock Master
James Ritz
as DMV Clerk
Jean Speegle Howard
as Woman
Harold Bergman
as Reverend
Pamela Prescott
as Alien
Jorge Gil
as Lou Pine

Crew

Ron Howard
Director
David Brown
Producer
Richard D. Zanuck
Producer
Lili Fini Zanuck
Producer
Tom Benedek
Screenwriter
David Saperstein
Screen Story
Donald Peterman
Cinematographer
Cruz Sembello
Songwriter
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Doudell
Associate Producer
Linda Henrikson
Set Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers
Costume Designer
Mort Schwartz
Costume Designer
Rick Baker
Special Effects
Ken Ralston
Special Effects
Rick Baker
Consultant/advisor
Ted Grossman
Stunts
Penny Perry
Casting
Kevin Haney
Makeup
Ralph McQuarrie
Conceptual Design
Bob Norin
Makeup
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