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Cocoon (1985)

Director:
Ron Howard
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy/
Fantasy/Sci-Fi
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Cocoon
RUNNING TIME
117 minutes
Producer:
David Brown
Lili Fini Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenwriter:
Tom Benedek


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Art Selwyn Don Ameche
Ben Luckett Wilford Brimley
Joe Finley Hume Cronyn
Walter Brian Dennehy
Bernie Lefkowitz Jack Gilford
Jack Bonner Steve Guttenberg
Mary Luckett Maureen Stapleton ˝
Alma Finley Jessica Tandy ˝
Bess McCarthy Gwen Verdon ˝
Rosie Lefkowitz Herta Ware
Kitty Tahnee Welch
David Barret Oliver
Pillsbury Tyrone Power Jr.
John Dexter Clint Howard

 

Review

This pleasant sci-fi fantasy has a heart so big that it probably won’t fit your tv-screen. It is a shamelessly positive feel-good movie which refuses to make apologies for its pleasantness. Director Ron Howard comes off as the nicest guy in the business, as he directs his ageing stars with unconditional fascination; he follows them diligently in order to capture every sweet gesture and every semi-clever comment which their age elevates to clever. Not even mysterious aliens can make Howard falter. These are not only portrayed as the planet's greatest humanitarians, but they also have a complete respect and understand of the western way of life. It is remarkable that it all works, but it does, largely thanks to devoted performances from a set of actors who cherish the opportunity they are given just as much as their characters do. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the film’s lack of spite makes it shallow – there is more interesting existentialism in this simple fantasy story than in the heaviest sci-fi tales. Great supporting roles from Steve Guttenberg, Bryan Dennehy and the ever-wonderful Barret Oliver concludes a brilliant cast.

 

Copyright © 29.10.2009 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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