Released in 1992, the movie Forever Young is the story about a young WWII-era test pilot
Capt. Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson
). The show opens with him rehearsing the words he plans to use to ask the lady he loves, Helen (Isabel Glasser
), to marry him; he never works up the courage to propose
and as she leaves she is hit by a truck, and ends up in a deep coma
with the impending loss of his one true love
he asks to take part in a top-secret cryogenics military
experiment which will “freeze” him. His best friend Harry Finley (George Wendt
), the person in charge of the cryogenics experiment reluctantly agrees to use Daniel in the experiment and to awaken him should Helen ever come out of her coma.
The movie flashes forward fifty years and the apparatus containing Daniel's frozen body stored in an abandoned military warehouse
, the capsule is opened accidentally by a young boy, Nat Cooper (Elijah Wood)
and his friend. This is the 'must see' point in the movie for anyone who would agree with me that Mel Gibson is the sexiest man alive
, for you get a brief glimpse of him 'in the buff
' as he emerges from the deep freeze.
Daniel grabs Nat's coat as he is awakened and after realizing he's alone 50 years in the future he ends up at Nat's house (Nat's coat had his address on the label). Nat's mother Claire Cooper (Jamie Lee Curtis
) is a nurse who ends up befriending Daniel after he rescues her from an abusive
ex-boyfriend, and helping him in his quest to find Harry Finely.
As the show goes on Daniel's need to find Harry becomes more desperate as his body starts to react very strangely to having been frozen for 50 years.
This is as far into the plot
as I can go without spoiling it, but I will say this movie has some very interesting twists and turns, and is definitely worth the rental.
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Marion Dougherty
Screenplay by Jeffrey Abrams
The Forever Young soundtrack
was composed by Jerry Goldsmith