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On Golden Pond (1981)

PG | | Drama | 12 February 1982 (USA)
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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Ernest Thompson (screenplay), Ernest Thompson (based on his play)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Ethel Thayer
Henry Fonda ... Norman Thayer Jr.
Jane Fonda ... Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Doug McKeon ... Billy Ray
Dabney Coleman ... Bill Ray
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Charlie Martin
Christopher Rydell ... Sumner Todd (as Chris Rydell)
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Storyline

The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea -- whom they haven't seen for years -- feels she must be there for Norman's birthday. She and her fiance are on their way to Europe the next day but will be back in a couple of weeks to pick up the fiance's son. When she returns Chelsea is married and her stepson has the relationship with her father that she always wanted. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Taglines:

when life is at its finest...when love is at its fullest... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Am goldenen See See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,213, 6 December 1981

Gross USA:

$119,285,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$119,285,432
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only movie that won the both major acting categories in the Oscars and both the winners were not present at the ceremony to receive the awards in person. See more »

Goofs

The numbers of the pump indicate that the fuel cost 67.9 cents per gallon and a total cost of $19.00. The price of gasoline in 1981 was around $1.30 per gallon; the old pumps were not capable of charging more than 99.9 cents, so they were set to half the price and it was then doubled. That is why the teenager asks for $38.00. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Martin: How old will you be? On your birthday?
Norman: A hundred and three.
Charlie Martin: Ms. Appley had a birthday. She turned 97.
Ethel: Do you hear that Norman? Ninety-seven!
Norman: [referring to the fact that Ms. Appley was a lesbian] There's something to be said for a deviant lifestyle!
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Alternate Versions

When premiered on TV, an extra credit dedicated to Henry Fonda was added to the final credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sunny Side Up (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by all for Norman's birthday
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Henry Fonda saves his best for last
20 July 2002 | by SmileysWorldSee all my reviews

Oh,the numerous memorable characters Henry Fonda brought to the screen over the years.His most memorable came in his final film,On Golden Pond. This film brought to light two important realizations for me.Family togetherness is one of the most important things we have in life,and we had better resolve our differences as a family and get along because we can't go back and correct the things we come to regret.Secondly,I came to realize that elderly couples are more than the stereotype we sometimes force upon them.They don't cease to be affectionate and sexual merely because they have gotten older.Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn made a delightful couple here and make you wish they had worked together more often through the years,but unfortunately,this was their first and only film together.Also,the pairing of Fonda with real life daughter Jane was indeed a delight to see.Their own troubled relationship made them naturals for their parts as a father and daughter coming together after years of tension.You could sense that at times, Henry and Jane were not acting at all when it came to their scenes with one another,making these scenes more realistic and effective.Henry Fonda received a well deserved Oscar for this film.I watched the night he received it,and recall his reaction from his home(he was too ill to attend the ceremony),and the tears streaming down his face.I couldn't help but shed a tear or two myself.I'm sure I was not the only one.Great film.


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