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On Golden Pond (1981)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 1998
 R2: 14 Apr 2003

MPAA Rating
PG

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA

Studio Associated Film Distribution, IPC Films, ITC Films, Universal

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Other Titles
• On Golden Pond
• Am goldenen See (1982)



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Genre: Drama, Tear Jerker, Marriage, Melodrama, Teenage

Tagline: when life is at its finest...when love is at its fullest...

Plot: Based on the play by Ernest Thompson, ON GOLDEN POND tells the deceptively simple tale of one family's summer. The story centers around the bickering but loving relationship between Ethel and Norman Thayer (Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda), an elderly couple who are spending their 48th summer at their New England country home and celebrating Norman's 80th birthday. When their independent, insecure daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), and her new boyfriend, Bill Ray (Dabney Coleman), come for Norman's birthday, they also end up asking the couple to look after Billy Ray (Doug McKeon), Bill's teenage son, while they travel to Europe. Over the summer, Norman becomes closer to Billy Ray than he has ever been to his daughter, sparking Chelsea's long-repressed resentment when she returns. In this beautifully filmed story, there are many things going on along the surface of Golden Pond, including the presence of the loons--who represent all things wonderful about their summer house and their life to Ethel. Director Mark Rydell elicits deeply touching performances from his cast (particularly Henry Fonda in his final screen appearance), and the dialogue of Thompson's script is equally graceful. The odds were against this decidedly quiet, small ensemble piece when it was released in 1981, but

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 Directed by
Mark Rydell
Intersection, The Cowboys, The River
 Written by
Ernest Thompson
Sweet Hearts Dance, 1969, On Golden Pond
 Cast
Katharine Hepburn
The African Queen, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby
Henry Fonda
12 Angry Men, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Longest Day
Jane Fonda
Monster-in-Law, Barbarella, Nine to Five
Troy Garity
Bandits, After the Sunset, Barbershop
Doug McKeon
Mischief, Sub Down, Night Crossing
Dabney Coleman
You've Got Mail, Tootsie, WarGames
William Lanteau
Sex and the Single Girl, Li'l Abner, From Noon Till Three
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 Music By
Dave Grusin
The Goonies, The Firm, Random Hearts



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