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On Golden Pond (1981)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  12 February 1982 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <>

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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$119,285,432 (USA)

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The film's source published play written by Ernest Thompson states as its setting in the introduction as: "The Thayers' summer home on Golden Pond in Maine" / "The living room of a summer home on Golden Pond, in Maine. The Present". The film though is set in New England in the USA but was actually filmed in New Hampshire, USA. See more »


When Ethel and Norman are watching the loons from their boat, there are obvious decoys placed where the loons should be. The decoys aren't even in the correct shape of a loon. See more »


Ethel: Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't forget it. You're going to get back on that horse and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight and away we're going to go, go, go!
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


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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Surprisingly Entertaining
16 September 2003 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I was expecting a very boring movie. All I thought about this was a couple of old people sitting around talking at some cabin. I was way off. This film is quite the opposite. Things do happen that make this movie well worth watching. Henry Fonda is excellent and made me laugh really hard with his sarcastic answers to many questions. I do believe Jane Fonda was not in the film enough. Of course we can't go without mentioning Katherine Hepburn. She is one of the greats and this film has proof.

This is a film I would definitely recommend to others. It is light hearted and dramatic all at the same time. Watch this film it will entertain you.

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