June 7, 2005
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 117 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
One day, when three men from a local retirement village sneak into a swimming pool on the grounds of a deserted estate, they discover what seem to be oversized oyster shells in the water. Suddenly, they feel physically and spiritually rejuvenated, and believe they've found the long elusive Fountain of Youth.
Not long after, the retirees meet a man claiming to be an alien, who explains the secret of the pods to them, and agrees to allow them to keep using the pool. The men's newly invigorated behavior causes something of a controversy in the retirement village, however, as residents are forced to choose between a second youth, or accepting the more natural aging process. But when the alien offers the three men and their wives the promise of eternal life, they must make an even tougher choice: leave, and enjoy immortality on an unknown planet or stay and maintain the relationships they have formed during their long years on Earth.
A group of senior citizens residing in a rest home find their lives turned upside-down after they are offered the gift of eternal youth by benevolent aliens. A wonderful tribute to the human spirit. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--Don Ameche, Best Visual Effects.
Feature film debut for producer Lili Fini Zanuck.
Gwen Verdon served as the special music and dance coordinator on the film.
Shot on location in Pinellas County, Florida, Nassau, and Chicago, Illinois. Film had an estimated budget of $18 million.
Ron Howard replaced Robert Zemekis as director of this project before shooting started. It was Howard's second feature film, following "Splash in 1984." The film marks the debut of two actors of famous parentage, Tahnee Welch, daughter of actress/model Raquel Welch, and Tyrone Power, Jr., son of leading actor Tyrone Power.
In 1988, Daniel Petrie directed a sequel to this film entitled "Cocoon: The Return."