- 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)
On Golden Pond [DVD]
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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.
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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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.Read more ›
Then along comes a young chap who basically is the catalyst for change.
Wonderful storyline, brilliant actors.
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A bit boring but very well acted. The boat crash is the most exciting part.Published 2 months ago by Daniel Goff