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Timeless 'feel good' classic ; Movie MEMORY [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 2, 2013


IT'S a classic 80s 'feel good' film that's perfect for a Sunday when you can curl up on the sofa and relax.

Cocoon, released in 1985, tells the story of a group of elderly residents at a retirement home who rediscover their youth when they find out that friendly aliens are frequenting the pool they occasionally use.

The extraterrestrials are using the place to restore dormant members of their species - but it's the energy from their cocoons that's making the oldtimers boundless with life.

Ron Howard is sympathetic and clever in his direction and the output is graced by some fine performances - especially from Don Ameche, who was rewarded with an Oscar for his efforts.

The film also starred Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Steve Guttenberg.

The film spawned one sequel, Cocoon: The Return, in which almost all of the original cast reprised their roles. However, the sequel, for me, never quite captured the magic of the first film.

Cocoon still makes frequent appearances on terrestrial TV - so be sure to catch it one Sunday afternoon...

REVIEWER: Mary-ann Astle.

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