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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:

PG | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$119,285,432
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only time that a film's two top-billed lead actors playing a married couple, namely Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Actress. 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

Norman: [responding to Billy Ray's request to share a bedroom with Chelsea] I guess I'd be delighted to have you abuse my daughter under my own roof. Would you like the room where I first violated her mother? Or would you be interested in the master bedroom? Ethel, your boy and I could sleep out back. You could do it right here on the hearth. Like that idea?
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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 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

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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 iwatcheverythingSee 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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