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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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Henry Fonda won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Norman Thayer, Jr. At age 76, actually specifically 76 years and 317 days, Fonda was the oldest ever actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award. Fonda is also the only actor to win the Best Actor Academy Award aged in his seventies. Fonda however was not the oldest actor to win an Academy Award for acting as George Burns won a Supporting Actor Oscar for The Sunshine Boys (1975) at age 80, actually specifically 80 years and 69 days. Fonda won the Best Actor Oscar for On Golden Pond (1981) with it being his final theatrical feature film. See more »

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As Ethel and Norman prepare to leave the dock after gassing up the boat, the microphone boom is reflected in the boat's windshield. It moves each time one or the other actor speaks. See more »

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Ethel: Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back.
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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Henry Fonda saves his best for last
20 July 2002 | by (United States) – See 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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