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On Golden Pond (Special Edition)
On Golden Pond
Special Edition
Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
Director: Mark Rydell
Genres: Drama
PG     2003     1hr 49min

Norman Thayer, a cranky but loveable old man, is preoccupied with death, afraid of losing his faculties, & is emotionally distant from his daughter.

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Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
Director: Mark Rydell
Creators: Billy Williams, Robert L. Wolfe, Bruce Gilbert, Ernest Thompson
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/16/2003
Original Release Date: 01/22/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 01/22/1982
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Larry N. from BEALETON, VA
Reviewed on 1/14/2015...
When I first saw this movie, probably 10+ years after it premiered, I wasn't excited about seeing it. I just didn't think it was something I would be interested in. I'm not a Katherine Hepburn fan, nor was I a huge fan of Henry Fonda or Jane Fonda. I was surprised. I was totally taken by this movie and enjoyed it from beginning to end. What a great story, well told and well acted.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jes G. (jesgear) from DAVENPORT, IA
Reviewed on 9/24/2014...
While Henry Fonda and Hepburn are great, this movie isn't holding up well, in my opinion. I loved it when it came out, but it doesn't seem as special now. It seems more like a glorified TV special than a movie. I'm not a fan of Jane Fonda, and her performance here doesn't change my mind about her. McKeon's performance isn't anything special either, but he holds up OK next to Henry and Kate. And Dabney Coleman is pretty cool in most of his roles, here included.
But Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn are great, as expected. I still dig this movie just for their performances. I'm a big fan of both of them, so when this movie first came out, I was excited to see them together. I hadn't seen the movie again for many years, but despite the cheesiness the movie seems to have now, Henry and Kate still shine through amazingly. I can't say this is the best movie either of them made, but they each did a great job in it, and I'm happy to own a copy.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Ronald S. (Tony)
Reviewed on 3/6/2010...
This is really a great movie. It shares the real life conflict of father and daughter. Henry and Jane Fonda were not getting along in real life just like the characters they portrayed in the movie. It's my understanding this helped to bring them back together before he passes. Anyway the movie was funny, sad,and had beautiful photography.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 04/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the early '70s, Henry Fonda and daughter Jane hoped to appear together with Jane's brother Peter in a Revolutionary War drama, but that project never came to fruition. ON GOLDEN POND was in hindsight a final chance for two members of this talented family to make a picture together, and what a film it is!

Kate Hepburn, who clearly manifests the Essential Tremor (not Parkinson's) that had afflicted her for many years, won a fourth and final Best Actress Oscar here, and Henry matched her with his first (and only) Best Actor statuette. (NOTE: neither were at the Awards ceremonies that night.)

Jane was nominated as well, for a limited supporting role that she is quite good in. Her crucial final scenes with dad get emotional and the viewer feels these two aren't acting as much as truly relating to each other. It's a rare privilege to share such an intimate moment with two superlative performers who just happen to be blood relations.

Hepburn, like the younger Fonda, is somewhat peripheral to a male-bonding story of her "old poop" and the 12-year-old son of Jane's fiancé (Dabney Coleman). The role of Billy Ray Jr. surely is Doug McKeon's best work. Billy and the naturally aloof Norman Thayer (Fonda) spar at first but find common ground (both are 'junior's and they favor a certain 8 letter word for cow manure). Ultimately these two become the closest of friends in a quest to land the lake's legendary "whopper" fish. There's genuine drama here when a boating accident occurs and both are violently thrown from their wrecked craft.

ON GOLDEN POND is in the end about resolution and acceptance: of the elderly for an uncertain future, of a long-married couple who love each other more than they openly express, of a father and daughter who've been estranged for far too long, and of an alienated boy who comes to grips with a new "mom" in his life (one that at age 43 is a knockout in a bikini!), and who finds in that woman's father a kind and accepting friend.

Quality movies like this are so very rare. Don't miss it!"