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On Golden Pond

(DVD - 2003 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On Golden Pond
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Shows the conflicts between three generations as the Thayers, a crotchety old professor and his wife, spend their summer together on a lake in New England. The couple agrees to mind their estranged daughter's boyfriend's child, while daughter and boyfriend go on a trip. The boy bonds with the old man in a way his daughter never did. Shows the terrors and graces of aging.
Statement of Responsibility: an ITC Films/IPC Films production ; screenplay by Ernest Thompson ; produced by Bruce Gilbert ; directed by Mark Rydell
Title: On Golden Pond
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Santa Monica, Calif.] : Artisan Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the play by Ernest Thompson
Originally released as a motion picture in 1981
Special features include: Reflections on Golden Pond (documentary); commentary tracks by the writer and the director; Katherine Hepburn tribute documentary
Credits: Director of photography, Billy Williams ; editor, Robert L. Wolfe ; music, David Grusin ; costume designer, Dorothy Jeakins ; production designer, Stephen Grimes ; special effects supervisor, Matthew Sweeney.
Performers: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau, Christopher Rydell, Troy Garity.
Summary: Shows the conflicts between three generations as the Thayers, a crotchety old professor and his wife, spend their summer together on a lake in New England. The couple agrees to mind their estranged daughter's boyfriend's child, while daughter and boyfriend go on a trip. The boy bonds with the old man in a way his daughter never did. Shows the terrors and graces of aging.
Audience: MPAA rating PG
System Details: DVD, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio; digitally remastered
DVD, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio; digitally remastered
DVD, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio; digitally remastered
DVD, region 1; widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround audio; digitally remastered
Other Language: Closed-captioned. In English with optional English subtitles
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, USA, 1981: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Screenplay (Ernest Thompson)
Academy Awards, USA, 1981: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Screenplay (Ernest Thompson)
Academy Awards, USA, 1981: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Screenplay (Ernest Thompson)
Academy Awards, USA, 1981: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn); Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Screenplay (Ernest Thompson)
Subject Headings: Aging Drama Older people Drama Intergenerational relations Drama Families Drama Aging. fast (OCoLC)fst00800293 Families. fast (OCoLC)fst01728849 Intergenerational relations. fast (OCoLC)fst00976251 Older people. fast (OCoLC)fst01199093
Genre/Form: Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama.-(OCoLC)fst01423879
Topical Term: Aging
Older people
Intergenerational relations
Families
Aging
Families
Intergenerational relations
Older people
Publisher No: 14781
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE O
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a really sweet, poignant film. Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn were legendary, bred from rare stock. Henry is depicted as a miserable old codger, unable to show any warmth. His daughter was quoted as saying that was his true self; that he came from a generation that didn't/couldn't say "I love you." I can relate. My late father was cut from the same cloth. Hardworking, lived through the Great Depression, tough as nails. Hepburn was no slouch, either. She ACTUALLY DOVE INTO THE POND, during the boating accident scene! She was SEVENTY FOUR years old, for crying out loud! Unreal. As for the story, those two were magical together. Norman was hilarious, sad, frightened. Tough to get old. Ethel was adorable, patient, wise. The 'glue' that held it all together. Unfortunately, I found the smart-mouthed, disrespectful 13 year old boy irritating. And I would've liked to have seen the screenwriter and/or the director explore the Fonda father/daughter relationship a helluva lot more.

Sep 19, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.

Sep 13, 2012
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very Good Indeed, one of the best movies I ever watched. Brings back memories of going to Arran Lake with my late parents and brother. The great times we had. A movie you never grow tired of.

Jan 03, 2012
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A touching movie, but Henry Fonda is just so very grumpy! Open up!

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I first saw this 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. This movie is 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 I can't go without mentioning Katherine Hepburn. She is one of the greats and this film is proof of that.

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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?

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ethel: "Chelsea, you have a great, big, chip on your shoulder, which is very unattractive. It is. It is. You stay away for years at a time; you never come home unless I beg you to, and when you do - all you can do is be disagreeable about the past - what's the point? Don't you think that everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret about something? It doesn't have to ruin your life, darling. You're a big girl, now. Aren't you tired of it all? Bore, bore, bore. Life marches by, Chels. I suggest you get on with it."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ethel: "You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world, but I'm the only one who knows it."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ethel: "You mustn't let Norman upset you, Billy. He wasn't yelling at you, you know." Billy Ray: "Sounds like he is yelling at me." Ethel: "No... he was yelling at life." Billy Ray: "What the heck does that mean?" Ethel: "Oh... well, it means he's like an old lion, he has to remind himself that he can still roar... Billy... sometimes... you have to look hard, at a person, and remember, that he's doing the best he can... He's just trying to find his way, that's all. Just like you."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bill Ray (Senior): "Oh, um... are there any bears around here?" Norman: "Oh, sure. Black bears and, grizzlies. One came along here last month and ate an old lesbian."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ethel: "Hey, I met the nicest couple!" Norman: "Huh? Where?" Ethel: "In the woods!" Norman: "A couple of people?" Ethel: "No, a couple of antelope. Of course, a couple of people. Their name is Migliori, I believe." Norman: "Migliori? What sorta name is that?" Ethel: "I don't know, darling. Italian, I suppose. They're up from Boston." Norman: "They speak English?" Ethel: "Of course they speak English. They're a nice middle-aged couple, just like us." Norman: "If they're just like us, they're not middle-aged." Ethel: "Of course they are!" Norman: "Middle-aged means the 'middle', Ethel. Middle of life. People don't live to be a hundred and fifty!" Ethel: "Well... we're at the far edge of middle age, that's all." Norman: "We're not, you know. We're not middle-aged. You're old, and I'm ancient!" Ethel: "Oh, poop!"

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Billy Ray: A canoe! Just like the Indians used.
Norman: Actually, the Indians used a different grade of aluminum.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: It just seems like we've been mad at each other for so long...
Norman: I didn't think we were mad; I just thought we didn't like each other.

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Norman: "Ethel Thayer." It sounds like I'm lisping, doesn't it?

Mar 27, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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