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Ernest Thompson (screenplay)
Ernest Thompson (based on his play)
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Release Date:
12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Henry Fonda saves his best for last See more (109 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Ethel Thayer

Henry Fonda ... Norman Thayer Jr.

Jane Fonda ... Chelsea Thayer Wayne

Doug McKeon ... Billy Ray

Dabney Coleman ... Bill Ray
William Lanteau ... Charlie Martin
Christopher Rydell ... Sumner Todd (as Chris Rydell)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Troy Garity ... Young Boy on Jetty (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Rydell 
Writing credits
Ernest Thompson (screenplay)

Ernest Thompson (based on his play)

Produced by
Bruce Gilbert .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert L. Wolfe (edited by)
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Barry Primus 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Ramon Gow .... hairstylist
Jerry Masarone .... hairstylist
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup (as Tom Tuttle)
Production Management
Terry Carr .... production supervisor
Terry Carr .... unit production manager
Richard Hashimoto .... unit production manager (as Richard Y. Hashimoto)
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
James Potter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Daigler .... first assistant director
Stephen B. Grimes .... second unit director (as Stephen Grimes)
Venita Ozols-Graham .... second assistant director (as Venita Ozols)
Art Department
Robert L. Clark .... painter
Emily Ferry .... property master
Emad Helmy .... set designer
Matthew Knox .... assistant propmaster
Donald Krafft .... lead person (as Donald W. Krafft)
Gary Martin .... construction coordinator
Ida Random .... assistant art director
Ken Reed .... prop maker
William Trobaugh .... construction foreman
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laurey Condon .... assistant sound editor
Richard Portman .... rerecording mixer
David M. Ronne .... production sound mixer (as David Ronne)
Kay Rose .... supervising sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boomman
Brian L. McCarty .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Sweeney .... special effects supervisor (as Matthew Sweeney)
Bobby Porter .... stunt double
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Walter Scott .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Aggie Aguilar)
Paul Caven .... best boy
James A. Contner .... camera operator
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer (as Adger W. Cowan)
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Rexford L. Metz .... director of aerial photography (as Rexford Metz)
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (as Gary A. Muller)
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Peter Norman .... director of photography: second unit (as Peter R. Norman)
Scott Rathner .... assistant camera
Jon Fauer .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Victoria James .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Arlene Encell .... costume supervisor
Tony Faso .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mark Conte .... assistant editor
Adam Wolfe .... apprentice editor
Greg Wong .... assistant editor
Location Management
Richard Dixon .... location auditor (as Dick Dixon)
James Rosenfield .... location manager
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... supervising music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Transportation Department
William C. Bratton .... transportation captain
Joe Sawyers .... transportation coordinator (as Joe R. Sawyers)
Other crew
Ann Bell .... assistant to the director
Carroll Parrott Blue .... production assistant (as Carroll Blue)
Arthur Cantor .... producer: Broadway play
Pat Curtin .... boat supervisor
Greer Garson .... producer: Broadway play
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot
Peggy Gilder .... production assistant
Lew Grade .... presents (as Lord Grade)
Charlene Joyce-Willingham .... production assistant (as Charlene Joyce)
Denise Kurtzman .... assistant to the producer
Marie Melendez .... assistant to the director
Geralyn Miller .... production coordinator
Phill Norman .... title design
Eileen Peterson .... assistant to the producer
Anne Prager .... production assistant
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Gayle Simon .... production assistant
Lydia Telo .... assistant auditor
Edna Tromans .... unit publicist
Ellen Adolph .... manager of production accounting (uncredited)
Roger Spottiswoode .... special thanks
Robert L. Wolfe .... this film is respectfully dedicated to the memory of
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Did You Know?

The names of the significant boats seen in the film on golden pond included the small canoe "Gertrude", the "U.S. Mail" delivery boat, a vintage 1951 mahogany "Chris Craft" motor boat, and the classic motor launch vessel the "Thayer IV".See more »
Continuity: When Ethel and Norman first drive to Golden pond it's supposed to be early spring, but there is a close up of Queen Anne's lace, which is a flower that blooms in late summer.See more »
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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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Henry Fonda saves his best for last, 20 July 2002
Author: SmileysWorld from United States

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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