Cocoon (1985) is an American sci-fi fantasy comedy movie that is loosely based on David Saperstein‘s novel of the same name. The movie is 117 minutes long and was filmed in several locations around St. Petersburg, Florida. A few of the locations were Snell Arcade buildings, St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, Sunny Shores Rest Home and The Coliseum. Cocoon (1985) sequel, Cocoon: The Return (1988) with almost of all of the original cast reprising their roles. Director Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Happy Days (1974), American Graffiti (1973), A Beautiful Mind (2001)) did a magnificent job bringing us this alien/human movie.
Cocoon is about a group of older aged people receiving youth by being rejuvenated by aliens. Cocoon takes place about 10,000 years ago where peaceful aliens set up an outpost on the island Atlantis on Earth. About twenty aliens survived when Atlantis sank by staying alive on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in large rock-like cocoons. Aliens disguise themselves as humans upon returning to Earth to rescue the surviving aliens. After several events, the rock-like cocoons are rescued and set in a pool to get their life force back so that they can be strong enough to travel back to their planet. Captain Jack (Steve Guttenberg - Police Academy (1984), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Short Circuit (1986), Diner (1982)) and alien Kitty become intimate in the life force pool. Sunny Shores retirement home is located right next door to where the aliens are residing with their life force pool. Ben (Wilford Brimley -The Thing (1982), The Firm (1993), Our House (1986)), Arthur and Joe lives in the nursing home. Ben, Arthur (Don Ameche - Cocoon: The Return (1988), Trading Places (1983), To Tell the Truth (1956)) and Joe trespass to the pool next door often not knowing that the house is occupied. Joe (Hume Cronyn - *batteries not included (1987), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Cleopatra (1963)) and his friends start feeling stronger and younger.
Walter (Brian Dennehy - Ratatouille (2007), First Blood (1982), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Arrest & Trial (2000)) is the leader of the aliens and grants the three men permission to swim in the pool if they promise not to tell anyone and not touch the cocoons. The three are soon free of all sickness including cancer, vision, and other things. Fast forward, and all of the senior home residents swims in the pool in an effort to heal their ailments which resulted in damaging one of the cocoons.
The residents drained the life force from the pool making the cocoon unable to survive in the pool. What will happen to the cocoons? I love the ending of the movie as everyone has a choice, and the aliens are indeed very friendly. This was my first time seeing this movie, and I enjoyed it and appreciated it for what it is and the message it gives. The movie gave a few illusions that were done nicely. I could not get over how many songs this movie had, it was an over kill on my end, but some might enjoy it. The actors did a fabulous job with their roles although there was one old man that was annoying until the ending of the movie where we saw another side of him. The sets were not anything extraordinary, but it did its job in capturing the right backgrounds for the scenes. Will Jack and Kitty’s love flourish into something amazing? It is a great movie to watch if you are into 1980’s movies.
About Cocoon (1985)
Starring: Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Steve Guttenberg, Herta Ware, Mike Nomad, Linda Harrison, Wilford Brimley, Barret Oliver, Tahnee Welch, Wendy J. Cooke, Tyrone Power Jr., Harold Bergman, Brian Dennehy, James Ritz, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Don Ameche, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Gwen Verdon, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bette Shoor, Kirk Alderman, Mark Simpson, Robert Slacum Jr., Charles Lampkin, Jean Speegle Howard, Jorge Gil, Charles Voelker, Irving Krone
Director: Ron Howard