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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... See more »

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Ethel Thayer
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Norman Thayer Jr.
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Chelsea Thayer Wayne
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Billy Ray
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Bill Ray
William Lanteau ...
Charlie Martin
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Sumner Todd (as Chris Rydell)
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Young Boy on Jetty (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark Rydell

Written by

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Ernest Thompson ... (screenplay)
 
Ernest Thompson ... (based on his play)

Produced by

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Bruce Gilbert ... producer

Music by

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Dave Grusin

Cinematography by

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Billy Williams ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert L. Wolfe ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Mark Conte ... assistant editor
Adam Wolfe ... apprentice editor
Greg Wong ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden
Barry Primus

Production Design by

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

Set Decoration by

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Jane Bogart

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Jeakins ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

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Ramon Gow ... hairstylist
Jerry Masarone ... hairstylist
Thomas Tuttle ... makeup (as Tom Tuttle)

Production Management

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Terry Carr ... production supervisor / 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

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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

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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
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)

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Matt Sweeney ... special effects supervisor (as Matthew Sweeney)

Stunts

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Bobby Porter ... stunt double
Walter Scott ... stunt coordinator / stunt double

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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

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Victoria James ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Arlene Encell ... costume supervisor
Tony Faso ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Richard Dixon ... location auditor (as Dick Dixon)
James Rosenfield ... location manager

Music Department

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Else Blangsted ... supervising music editor
Dennis S. Sands ... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)

Transportation Department

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William C. Bratton ... transportation captain
Joe Sawyers ... transportation coordinator (as Joe R. Sawyers)

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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)

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Roger Spottiswoode ... special thanks
Robert L. Wolfe ... this film is respectfully dedicated to the memory of
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A TRIPLE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La maison du lac (France)
  • Am goldenen See (Germany)
  • En el estanque dorado (Spain)
  • Altin Göl (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • На Золотом пруду (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 109 min
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Trivia The brown Fedora worn by Henry Fonda belonged to Spencer Tracy and was given to Fonda by Katharine Hepburn on the first day on the set. Fonda, overwhelmed with the gesture, painted a still life watercolor of the three hats he wore in the film and gave the original to Hepburn as a gift. He had 200 lithographs made of the painting and sent one to every person who worked on the film. Each copy was numbered and personally signed by Fonda thanking each person by name. In her autobiography, Hepburn wrote that she gave the painting to screenwriter Ernest Thompson. After Fonda's death, she found the painting to be a sad reminder of him and Tracy. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Reflections on Golden Pond (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Happy Birthday to You See more »
Quotes Billy Ray: So, I heard you turned 80 today.
Norman: Is that what you heard?
Billy Ray: Yeah. Man, that's really old.
Norman: You should meet my father.
Billy Ray: Your father's still alive?
Norman: No, but you should meet him.
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