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Forever Young (1992)




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A man undergoes a scientific experiment that causes him to wake up after 50 years without aging a day in this romantic science-fiction tale. In 1939, Daniel (Mel Gibson) is a test pilot who is brave in the air but lacks the nerve to ask his girlfriend Helen (Isabel Glasser) to marry him, even though he loves her deeply. When Helen is hit by a truck and is taken to the hospital in a coma, Daniel is despondent, and he approaches his best friend Harry (George Wendt). Harry is a scientific researcher working with the military who has been experimenting with cryogenic suspension; Daniel asks Harry to have him frozen for a year rather than go through the hell of waiting to see if Helen lives or dies. Harry reluctantly agrees, but after the pilot is put on ice, Harry's experiments are shut down, and Daniel is forgotten. In 1992, two young boys, Nat (Elijah Wood) and Felix (Robert Hy Gorman) are playing in an abandoned military warehouse and find a freezing unit. They open it and find Daniel, who before long is all thawed out and physically not much worse for wear. However, the world is a very different place than it was in 1939; the boys bring their discovery home, where their single mother Claire (Jamie Lee Curtis) looks after Daniel and helps him adjust to his new world. A friendship between them begins to grow into something deeper, until Daniel discovers that his beloved Helen is still alive. Forever Young also features Joe Morton, Rob Morrow, and Vanessa Williams.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Davey, J.J. Abrams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Warner Home Video


Mel Gibson
as Daniel McCormick
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Claire Cooper
Elijah Wood
as Nat Cooper
George Wendt
as Harry Finley
Joe Morton
as Cameron
David Marshall Grant
as Lt. Col. Wilcox
Millie Slavin
as Susan Finley
Steve Hinton
as Boy with Ice Cream
Art LaFleur
as Alice's Father
Art La Fleur
as Alice's Father
Robert Munns
as Wrong Harry
JD Cullum
as Frank
Ava Lazar
as Waitress at Diner
Richard Ryder
as Pilot at Airshow
Michael Briggs
as Pilot at Airshow
Kenny Ransom
as Officer at Warehouse
Jared Chandler
as Officer at Warehouse
Jon Menick
as Doctor at Airfield
Paul Ganus
as Airbase Personnel
Jason Iorg
as Airbase Personnel
Mary Ellen Moore
as Ticket Woman
Miriam Beesley
as Woman at Picnic
Lisa Savage
as Woman at Picnic
Cody Burger
as Boy at Picnic
Dean Hallo
as Man at Picnic
Greg Allan Martin
as Man at Picnic
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Man at Picnic
William Marquez
as Doctor at Hospital
Steve Hinton Jr.
as Boy with Ice Cream
John Bourg
as Daniel (age 11)
Ara Maxwell
as Helen (age 11)
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Critic Reviews for Forever Young

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A Sweet Fanasy that wears it's heart on it's sleeve

May 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Forever Young

Steve Miner's Forever Young is a surprising film that is quite underrated. I normally find Romances to be a bit dull, and clichéd, but this one has something else, a feeling of genuine charm, humor, and good performances from its cast. What makes this film stand out is the story, simple, yet effective it just is an engaging movie from the opening shot. Mel Gibson gives a very good performance here and the film just manages to elevate the traditional romance formula. There are a few parts that seem kind of flimsy and there could have been a few better written scenes. Overall this was an enjoyable film to watch, and I really liked it. In terms of cast, and plot, it's well thought out, and director Steve Miner has crafted a very good little film with this one. I found this to be underrated and it deserved far better praise than what it initially got. Forever Young isn't perfect, but it is worth seeing if you love these types of movie. Like I said, some things could have been rewritten and the script could have been polished, but what do you expect from a low budget picture? The film was fun, dramatic and compelling. This is far better than most romance, drama films of today and it proves that you can do a lot with simple ideas. Steve Miner is a pretty good director and this is among his best films, I still think Friday the 13th Part 2 was his best, but with this one, he showcased his talents and delivered a good film from a totally different genre, which is great.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I love this movie about a man (Mel) who gets his body frozen in time as he doesn't want to see his loved one die after an accident. His body is discovered decades later. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

In a tragic bit of prophetic irony Gibson stars in a sci-fi romcom wherein a guy with career potential awakens from deep sleep only to find himself without a career and without friends. "Now what," he wonders. The film goes nowhere too.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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