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

A 1985 sci-fi/fantasy film directed by Ron Howard, with a cast including Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, and Gwen Verdon.

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 Antareans on a search-and-recover mission to retrieve twenty cocoons containing their crew mates from the ocean floor are renting that house and using the pool to store their cocoons, and when the two groups come together, everyone involved has to make major decisions that will affect the future for all of them.

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


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  • Aliens in Cardiff: If you had to pick where aliens would make contact, you wouldn't guess Coral Gables, FL.
  • Alien Lunch: Sort of. In the second movie, Jack and Kitty eat at a restaurant, with bad results for Kitty.
  • Ancient Astronauts: The Antareans have visited Earth before in prehistoric times.
  • Atlantis: Walter thought 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.
  • Badass Grandpa: The old people once they swim in the pool.
  • Cassandra Truth: Art, Ben, Joe, and Bernie are told to keep breathing oxygen when they claim to have seen aliens.
  • 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.
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  • Ditto Aliens: The Antareans, to such an extent that Kitty can easily impersonate Phil in the second movie.

Alternative Title(s): Cocoon The Return


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