Cocoon (1985)



Critic Consensus: Though it may be too sentimental for some, Ron Howard's supernatural tale of eternal youth is gentle and heartwarming, touching on poignant issues of age in the process.

Movie Info

This gentle, warm-hearted comedy/fantasy earned director Ron Howard his first Oscar. Set in St. Petersburg, Florida it tells the story of a group of elderly folk who have a close-encounter with aliens when they find a swimming pool filled with strange pods that possess magical powers that restore youth and vitality. Now they must choose between accepting their impending deaths or having eternal life.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Benedek
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Art Selwyn

as Ben Luckett

as Joe Finley

as Jack Bonner

as Alma Finley

as Bennie Lefkowitz

as Mary Luckett

as Bess McCarthy

as Rose Lefkowitz

as John Dexter

as Lou Pine

as DMV Clerk

as Coast Guard

as Waitress

as Dock Master

as Salvatore

as Realtor

as Detective

as Band Leader

as Policeman

as Policeman

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Critic Reviews for Cocoon

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

An amiable, life-affirming fantasy-comedy about the rejuvenation of crotchery oldsters whose main distinction is offering roles to senior actors like Don Ameche (who won an Oscar), Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Top Critic

Cocoon weaves a mesmerizing tale.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Top Critic

Director Ron Howard brings a quality of gentleness and whimsy to the performances, but basically this is a highly calculated project brought in by those two old pros, producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Essentially, this is sci-fi with a heart, albeit one made entirely of cheese.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It has no real competition as this season's reigning fairy tale.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

... much of the beauty of Cocoon... has to do with its deft, loving observation of the things of this Earth.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Cocoon

I'm really surprised this isn't as well known as other, similar films like Close Encounters, as this is a cutesy and heart warming story of not only growing up, but growing old. A great cast that carries the piece very well and makes you want to run up and hug them. To top it off, it has an amazing and satisfying end.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Christian C

Super Reviewer

This 1980s sci-fi comedy doesn't really try to make you think it could be about a deadly alien invasion or serious threats to our old-timer protagonists. It is just trying to have a good time with the idea of a few elderly people feeling young again thanks to the cocoons retrieved from the bottom of the sea and stored in a pool. Of course things get exciting anyway, as the keepers of the cocoons are trying to take them home into space. It is still a feel-good movie through and through. In its best moments it oozes the same kind of movie magic that made the Spielberg films of the era so special. In its less outstanding scenes, the film drags on a little and some parts just didn't age that well. That doesn't change the fact that it is fun to witness the charming cast's adventure even after all those years.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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