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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 - 1.85:1
  • 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 (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9PG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,813 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 the Blu-ray edition.

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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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I recently saw an very good amateur version of this play and was so touched by the story I had to buy the original DVD (also a copy for the friend who took me to the play). In spite of knowing the story I was still deeply touched by the relationships portrayed and yet again ended up in tears (I do not normally cry at films). The fear and confusion as well as more tender moments are seen in the elderly couple and are so beautifully portrayed by the clever scripting and brilliant actors. I loved the setting of the story and some very picturesque scenery. The humour, nostalgia, confusion and stubbornness are all intermingled so it never becomes too heavy. As someone who does not normally enjoy romantic or overly deep stories in films I still found this a very touching yet enjoyable film to watch.
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It's many years since I last watched 'On Golden Pond', and what a treat I've been missing. The brilliant acting of a simple (but very common) story is enhanced by the fabulous cinematography - something that my memory had completely overlooked. Many of us can relate to the parental disconnect; whereby parents from a different age were brought up to help their children 'achieve', but totally ignored the obvious need for love and 'approval' - just to know that they have (in some way) satisfied their parents' hopes for them is a driving force that, for many of us, remains an unfulfilled frustration. The Golden Age of storytelling has rarely been bettered than in this film, which is full of the genius of great film-makers. A delight to which I will keep returning - albeit with sadness for my own relationships, and hope that 'it can happen'.
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By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2011
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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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What a lovely film. I saw this many years ago and thought it was good. I recently purchased it from Amazon and it took me back to that time.Good acting, breathtaking scenery and haunting background music. Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Catherine Hepburn, it's got it all for me. Great.
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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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