On Golden Pond
Artisan (1981)
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IMDB   7.7
109 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   PG
Katharine Hepburn Ethel Thayer
Henry Fonda Norman Thayer Jr.
Jane Fonda Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Doug McKeon Billy Ray
Dabney Coleman Bill Ray
William Lanteau Charlie Martin
Christopher Rydell Sumner Todd (as Chris Rydell)
Troy Garity Young Boy on Jetty (uncredited)
Mark Rydell
Producer Bruce Gilbert
Ernest Thompson
Writer Ernest Thompson

There's little that happens in On Golden Pond that isn't thoroughly predictable from the start, but the film is blessed with so much star power, charm and honest sentiment that everyone in the audience is willing to ignore the cliches and go the distance. In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Katharine Hepburn (in her only teaming with Henry Fonda ) to their New England summer cottage. Their solitude is interrupted when the couple's daughter Chelsea ( Jane Fonda ) arrives with her fiance Bill ( Dabney Coleman ) and his son Doug McKeon in tow. It takes a while, but Jane Fonda and Coleman , about to go on a vacation of their own, persuade Henry Fonda and Hepburn to take care of McKeon . Henry Fonda and the kid dislike each other from Square One, and it looks as though this summer (which may very well be Henry Fonda 's last) will be a depressing experience. Gradually, Henry Fonda and McKeon grow to love one another; their bond is strengthened during a near-fatal accident while fishing. It is through the warm relationship between Henry Fonda and the boy that the old man and his daughter Jane Fonda are at last able to display affection towards each other—the first time they've done so in years. Gorgeously photographed by Billy Williams , On Golden Pond is a wonderful valedictory for Henry Fonda , who died not long after the film's completion; Katharine Hepburn has less to do, but few can do so much with so little. Academy Awards were bestowed upon Henry Fonda , Hepburn , and screenwriter Ernest Thompson (who adapted the film from his stage play). — Hal Erickson
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Distributor Lions Gate
Release Date 12/16/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Discs/Tapes 1
Personal Details
Purchase Date 12/30/2003
Owner Thomas Eisenmann
Store Best Buy
Purchase Price $19.99
Condition Excellent
Current Value $2.50
Links IMDB
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On Golden Pond at Movie Collector Connect
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Documentary: "Reflections on Golden Pond" a tribute to the work of cinematographer Billy Williams
Commentary Track with Writer Ernest Thompson, the writer of the Broadway play
Katharine Hepburn Tribute Documentary
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Digital Copy Claimed No
VUDU Purchase Price 13.99
Disk Type DVD
VUDU Export No