Release year: 1985
Director: Ron Howard
Screenwriter: Tom Benedek, David Saperstein
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jessica Tandy, Tahnee Welch, Jack Gilford
Ratings: 2 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor (Don Ameche), Best Visual Effects. 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Comedy/Musical. 1 Saturn Award: Best Director
A group of friends in a retirement community experience the average suffering of the elderly while finding some enjoyment in each others company and by trespassing and swimming in the nearby pool. Determined to keep the little happiness they have, they decide to continue swimming in the pool, even when the place is inhabitated by strangers and despite the strange rock they place in the pool. But it turns out those rocks has quite a revatilizing effect on the old people.
The 1980s classic directed by Ron Howard (Willow, 1988) is so full of wonder and heart, that it could just as well been the work of Spielberg. Going against the youth-crazy Hollywood, even before the focus on age discrimination began, the movie strongly benefits from its excellent veteran cast of experienced actors who brings an emotianality to the movie that a younger cast would have struggled with. Especially the wonderfull Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, 1989) and a great Cronyn (Batteries Not Included, 1987) bring a tenderness to the screen with their troubled married couple while Ameche (Trading Places, 1983) and Brimley (The Thing, 1982) delight. Despite 1980s comedy star Guttenberg (Police Academy, 1984), the movie completely belongs to the grey gold of the cast. Though the special effects are a bit dated, they still work and is besides just there to support the wonderful tale of old people reliving their youth. Heart warming and tender and an 1980s sci-fi classic.
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.
Picture copyrights: SF Films