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On Golden Pond [DVD]


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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
  • Directors: Mark Rydell
  • Writers: Ernest Thompson
  • Producers: Bruce Gilbert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9PG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,419 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For forty eight years, Professor Norman Thayer Jr (Henry Fonda, in his last film performance) and his wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) have holidayed at their New England cottage on Golden Pond. This time round they have an extra guest - Billy Ray (Doug McKeon), the son of their daughter Chelsea's (Jane Fonda) boyfriend, Bill. The generation gap is soon highlighted, with Norman and Billy clashing frequently and fiercely. However, as the summer progresses Norman begins to forge the kind of close relationship with the boy that he has always denied Chelsea, and comes to realize how much happiness he has missed out on with his own daughter. Fonda and Hepburn won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress.

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Writer Ernest Thompson, who came up with the original stage play of On Golden Pond and adapted it for film, is lucky to have two giants of the screen give dignity and breadth to his sometimes trite dialogue. Henry Fonda, in his last role, plays a prickly English professor at the disagreeable age of 80. Visiting his summer house by a Maine lake with his wife (Katharine Hepburn), the old man forges an unlikely bond with a lonely boy, comes to terms with his daughter (Jane Fonda) and suffers disorienting effects of mild dementia. Even playing a tired old man, Fonda is an absolute lion of a movie star, and Hepburn brings her special spirit to the part of his worried bride. The onscreen relationship between Henry and Jane Fonda naturally makes one think about their much-discussed difficulties off screen, but that's a side benefit in a movie that is really just a celebration of simple human decency. Directed by Mark Rydell (Harry and Walter Go to New York). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
In this delightfully heartwarming film two cinema legend's ,Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, are matched up for the first time ,with spectacular results .Hepburn and Fonda play an elderly,bickering married couple coming to terms with age .They are celebrating his 80th birthday when their estranged daughter (played by Henry's real life daughter Jane) turns up out of the blue with a new fiancee' and his 12 year old son in tow . The daughter and her dentist boyfreind plan to go on vacation to Europe and leave the 12 year old boy with the old couple .First off the boy is rude and unappreactive of the efforts of Katherine Hepburns character to welcome him ,but towards the end he slowly warms to them and by the end doesn't want to leave .In between this time there are some worrying sequences dealing with senile dementia and some funny sequences that will have you laughing . So sit back with some popcorn and enjoy the oscar winning performances of the leads and laugh at the subtle humour .Overall a brilliant feelgood movie complete with sparkling perfomances by all involved .Enjoy .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Judd on 12 Feb 2012
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A great, but simply story; a small but truly talented cast, and a beautiful location...what more could you want from a movie?

I don't need to go in to the story, so well covered by other reviewers, but the simple tale of an old couple visiting their summer retreat, and trying to come to terms with aging, death, and mistakes made is wonderful stuff.

There are no 'big set' pieces, or anyone trying to overshadow anyone else. There is no CGI (which ruins so many movies nowadays), little bad language, but just a nice tale told so solidly through wonderful acting.

I cannot believe that I've waited 35 years to watch this movie - don't make the same mistake, buy it now and keep it on the shelf as I guarantee that you'll want to watch it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
I saw this when it first came out and remembered almost exclusively the negative side of the old man, as expertly acted by Fonda. He was so hard on his daughter, who came to him as a wounded girl in spite of her life working elsewhere, far away from the vacation home in New England. In a way, it mirrored the way I have felt about my own father, also a difficult if warmhearted man. I identified completely with their daughter, who is struggling with his putdowns, remembering slights and criticism far too long and unable to move on. So I didn't want to watch it again, that is, until I heard Jane Fonda talk about reconciliation and what making the film meant to her. We had had it for at least 5 years, never played.

I am happy to admit that my memories of the film were completely skewed. The most powerful thing in the film that I noticed this time, as a much older man in a 20-year marriage that is essentially good, is the chemistry and effort that the old couple makes to keep things together. It is beautiful, touching, and completely believable in the balance they must strike. There is also the playful humor of the old curmugeon, with his faults, vulnerabilities and fears as he tries so hard to make his way with dignity while knowing that his body is failing him and that death will come soon. I do not think that I have ever seen Fonda or Hepburn better, acting more naturalistically and spontaneously than the heavily stylized stuff that came out of the hollywood of their era. Indeed, they reveal entire new sides to their talent.

The other subplots are also wonderfully successful. The daughter's boyfriend, so comically fearful of the outdoors, draws a very clear line beyond which he will not tolerate jibes from the father.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 17 Dec 2014
Format: DVD
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On Golden Pond is exactly what you expect going in, a prototype Oscar bait from the early 80s that may or may not succeed in pulling your heartstrings. On Golden Pond mostly does because old couples approaching the final era of their lives is a premise that only comes around every couple years (most recently excelled at by Amour, in very different fashion).

There is no doubt that the film needs Fonda and Hepburn to live, otherwise it would be dead in the water. You cant imagine anyone else doing justice to these roles. It's also a good, fitting send off for Henry Fonda, a relatively mortal actor I always liked.

This is a good grandparents film, and a film that reminds you to give your dad a call. It also explores the twilight joy and anguish of increasing mental fragility in old age.

On Golden Pond probably wont rock your world, and some elements of this film will attract 1 star 'ewww! Oscar bait!' reviews like flies to "poop", but it's relatively inoffensive with some valuable late career performances and a sense for human relations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Fantastic film, made even more poignant when you remember that Jane and her Dad had not spoken to each other for years after he fell out with her over Vietnam conflict! Wonderful story, he has the onset of Altzheimers and she the self believed neglected daughter, and poor mum (Ms Hepburn) stuck in the middle.
Then along comes a young chap who basically is the catalyst for change.
Wonderful storyline, brilliant actors.
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