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"It is everything you've dreamed of. It is nothing you expect."

Cocoon is a 1985 sci-fi/fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, with a cast including Don Ameche (who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, and Gwen Verdon. The film also won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, beating out Young Sherlock Holmes and Return to Oz.

A group of trespassing senior citizens get more than they bargained for when swimming in the neighbors' pool restores their health and gives them youthful vigor. Unbeknownst to them, a group of aliens called Antareans are on a search-and-recover mission to retrieve twenty cocoons containing their crew mates from the ocean floor, and are renting that house and using the pool to store their cocoons. When the two groups come together, everyone involved has to make major decisions that will affect their futures.


Followed by a 1988 sequel (Cocoon: The Return), which was not directed by Ron Howard but did reunite the entire original cast.

These movies provides examples of:

  • Ancient Astronauts: The Antareans have visited Earth before in prehistoric times.
  • Atlantis: Walter brings up it would be the perfect spot for their first base here on Earth.
    Walter: Everyone else said, "use the North Pole", and I said, "no, too cold". Sinking never occurred to me.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Walter is an all-around Nice Guy. But when everyone in the retirement home breaks into the poolhouse, completely undoing everything the Antareans have done, he comes in and bellows at them to stop and gives them all a brutal dressing down. In that one moment, you realize you do not want to piss Walter off.
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  • Cassandra Truth: Art, Ben, Joe, and Bernie are told to keep breathing oxygen when they claim to have seen aliens.
  • Cool Old Guy: Most of the elderly cast, especially Ben, have some of this at the beginning. They take several levels in it when the effects of the pool start to show.
  • Distracted from Death: Rosie dies in the first movie when Bernie leaves her side just long enough to get some pills and water for her.
  • Ditto Aliens: The Antareans, to such an extent that Kitty can easily impersonate Phil in the second movie.

Alternative Title(s): Cocoon The Return