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On Golden Pond (1981)

 -  Drama  -  22 January 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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summer | marriage | cottage | lake | fireplace | See more »

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

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$119,285,432 (USA)
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Later produced as a live TV production - rare for TV theatrical presentations since the invention of videotape in the late 1950s. It starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer (who had previously co-starred in The Sound of Music (1965)) and was broadcast on CBS on April 29, 2001. See more »

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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 »

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Ethel: You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world, but I'm the only one who knows it.
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Two Rode Together (1989) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung by all for Norman's birthday
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It kept me laughing
22 April 2003 | by (xxxx) – See all my reviews

When I first heard of this movie I didn't think that it would be much. I knew that Katharine Hepburn would be older and the plotline of two older people being in a cabin on a "golden pond" wouldn't be that exciting. How wrong I was. This movie kept me laughing for two hours and for days after that. Hepburn is sweet and sincere in her love for Fonda, Henry is funny as the smart aleck who is scared of dying, and Jane Fonda is wonderful as their daughter who feels as if she never really belonged. The boy who played Billy was terrific. I can't believe how funny this movie really was. Watch for the moment where the Bill Sr. and Fonda talk about grizzly bears. Definitely one of the most touching and hilarious movies I have ever seen! A real screen gem!


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