Forever Young

1992

Forever Young

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In this three-hanky romantic melodrama, a test pilot, distraught over the death of his girlfriend, volunteers to be a subject in a risky experiment and allows himself to be cryogenically frozen for 12 months. The year is 1939 and he is to come out in 1940. Unfortunately, something goes wrong and he is forgotten. Fifty years later, a pair of kids find the remains of the test facility and thaw him out. He comes out just fine and ends up having a wonderful effect on the lives of one of the kids and his attractive single mother while trying to adjust his new world. The sad part comes when he learns that his lover from long ago was only in a coma and fully recovered.

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Daniel McCormick
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Claire Cooper
Elijah Wood
as Nat Cooper
George Wendt
as Harry Finley
Joe Morton
as Cameron
David Marshall Grant
as Lt. Col. Wilcox
Millie Slavin
as Susan Finley
Steve Hinton
as Boy with Ice Cream
Art LaFleur
as Alice's Father
Robert Munns
as Wrong Harry
JD Cullum
as Frank
Ava Lazar
as Waitress at Diner
Richard Ryder
as Pilot at Airshow
Michael Briggs
as Pilot at Airshow
Kenny Ransom
as Officer at Warehouse
Jared Chandler
as Officer at Warehouse
Jon Menick
as Doctor at Airfield
Paul Ganus
as Airbase Personnel
Jason Iorg
as Airbase Personnel
Mary Ellen Moore
as Ticket Woman
Miriam Beesley
as Woman at Picnic
Lisa Savage
as Woman at Picnic
Cody Burger
as Boy at Picnic
Dean Hallo
as Man at Picnic
Greg Allan Martin
as Man at Picnic
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Man at Picnic
William Marquez
as Doctor at Hospital
Steve Hinton Jr.
as Boy with Ice Cream
John Bourg
as Daniel (age 11)
Ara Maxwell
as Helen (age 11)
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Critic Reviews for Forever Young

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Audience Reviews for Forever Young

  • Sep 17, 2013
    Steve Miner's Forever Young is a surprising film that is quite underrated. I normally find Romances to be a bit dull, and clichéd, but this one has something else, a feeling of genuine charm, humor, and good performances from its cast. What makes this film stand out is the story, simple, yet effective it just is an engaging movie from the opening shot. Mel Gibson gives a very good performance here and the film just manages to elevate the traditional romance formula. There are a few parts that seem kind of flimsy and there could have been a few better written scenes. Overall this was an enjoyable film to watch, and I really liked it. In terms of cast, and plot, it's well thought out, and director Steve Miner has crafted a very good little film with this one. I found this to be underrated and it deserved far better praise than what it initially got. Forever Young isn't perfect, but it is worth seeing if you love these types of movie. Like I said, some things could have been rewritten and the script could have been polished, but what do you expect from a low budget picture? The film was fun, dramatic and compelling. This is far better than most romance, drama films of today and it proves that you can do a lot with simple ideas. Steve Miner is a pretty good director and this is among his best films, I still think Friday the 13th Part 2 was his best, but with this one, he showcased his talents and delivered a good film from a totally different genre, which is great.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2011
    In a tragic bit of prophetic irony Gibson stars in a sci-fi romcom wherein a guy with career potential awakens from deep sleep only to find himself without a career and without friends. "Now what," he wonders. The film goes nowhere too.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    I really enjoyed this movie and I've watched it several times. I know that this movie may seem a bit tacky to some people but I find the story interesting and loveable. It's great to see how a talented actor Elijah Wood has been at an early age. I actually shed some tears the first times I saw the ending. This really was a memorable movie.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2010
    I don't think Steve Miner was ever really sure what exactly he wanted this film to be so he threw elements from different genres into the movie, which normally would make for a bad film. However Forever Young has a really great cast headlined by Mel Gibson, who can pretty much do anything and everything and make even the worst of movies a little bit better. I watched this as a kid, and it only got better over the years as I've revisited it and that is the trademark of a timeless classic. That in a nutshell is what Forever Young is, despite the fact that it tells you in big block letters in the first half of the film that he is in 1992, the movie isn't that dated and I love the way they recreated the 30's look of a small California town. If you haven't seen it then it is most definitely worth a look!
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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