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Cocoon (1985)

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:12 pm    Post subject: Cocoon (1985) Reply with quote




Ron Howard figured that a movie about glowing, floating aliens on a rescue mission to resurrect stranded colleagues who were left behind when they fled Earth because Atlantis sank, would go well with a group of charming elderly folks who yearn for new thrills, eternal life, and interstellar travel.

Damn, now why didn't I think of that?

Ron Howard needed an exceptional cast, so he rounded up a group of Hollywood legends with so much talent they actually made up for Steve Guttenberg's less impressive acting. Wink

Nobody had to make Tahnee Welch look good (no surprise there), and the other ladies in this delightful movie (like Gwen Verdon and Jessica Tandy) are just as adorable in their own special way.

The senior gentlemen (Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn) have all the charm and panache of The Three Musketeers.

The bottom line here is that this movie did lots of new things in lots of new ways, using lots of old people who had lots of good old fashion talent. And the late great James Horner serenaded us throughout the film with one of his best scores ever.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, geez, Bud. Happy Birthday!!!! Very Happy
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Thank you! I'm determined to live long enough to still be here when the mother ship from my home planet comes back to rescue me. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always thought if they ever got around to making a Fantastic Voyage sequel that it should have both Tahnee & her mother, Raquel, in the movie as mother & daughter.

Raquel, reprising her role from the '66 film, would be in charge of the scientific/medical part of the mission.

Tahnee would be one of the mission specialists being shrunk & sent on the mission.
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Wow, what a great idea! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I posted a fan-made trailer for The Last Starfighter (1984) on the thread for that movie, and the trailer had this amusing message at the beginning.






I wondered just how true the claim at the bottom was, so I made a list of 1980s science fiction films that I thought were good, just to see if that decade really did produce a significant number of “the best” sci-fi movies.

This movie is on the list I made. I know what I like about the film (and a few things I don’t like), but I’d like to hear the pros and cons from the rest of you folks.

So, what do you think, guys? Cool

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IMDB has 23 trivia items for this movie. Here’s a few of the ones I found the most interesting, in the blue text. Very Happy
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Hume Cronyn was a Golden Glove boxer and lost sight in one eye. In the scene where he hits the young orderly, without depth perception, he actually hit the young man and knocked him out.

Note from me: "And the winner, by a knockout, is Killer Kronyn . . . the new Extremely Lightweight Champion of the World! Several worlds, in fact!" Cool

According to Ron Howard, several members of the cast liked to get into hypothetical discussions about the chance their characters were offered in the film. Maureen Stapleton was dead against it, while Don Ameche said he'd be the first in line.

Note from me: Interesting choice of words to describe Ms. Stapleton's feelings about living longer. She was dead against it! Shocked

The Boca Ciega Bay house of Dr. Chester and Doris Babat was rented by the production and renovated for filming of the pool scenes with a makeshift temporary structure built over their outdoor pool. The houseowners later built a permanent pool house based on the film's exact design, where they still relax many years later.

Note from me: I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Babat asked them to leave the cocoon props in the pool, just in case they really had the power to rejuvenate. Even if they didn't the Babats could charge big bucks to folks who wanted the swim in the pool! Very Happy

Robert Zemeckis was originally going to direct the movie, but was denied after a poor test screening of Romancing the Stone (1984)

Note from me: Fortunately for Robert, his next movie, Back to the Something-or-Other, did fairly well. Rolling Eyes

Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Jack Bonner.

Note from me: This might have been an interesting bit of casting, since Steve Guttenberg was sort of the "weakest link" in this strong cast. But Steve was totally believable as a goofy guy with low self-confidence. Nicholas might not have done so well in that respect.

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy playing the old married couple Joseph and Alma Finley had, in real-life, also been married to each other for many years.

Note from me: These two wonderful actors make * batteries not included an absolute joy to watch. And even though the character dynamics for their roles in Cocoon is very different, but they nailed those performances, too.

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