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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, Rovi

  • Release date:March 12, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Portman Best Sound 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dave Grusin Best Score 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ernest Thompson Best Screenplay 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ernest Thompson Best Adapted Screenplay 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Henry Fonda Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1981 Winner
National Board of Review Henry Fonda Best Actor 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry Fonda Best Actor 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jane Fonda Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jane Fonda Best Supporting Actress 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katharine Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1981 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Katharine Hepburn Best Actress 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mark Rydell Best Director 1981 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Mark Rydell Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Rydell Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Gilbert Best Picture 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Ronne Best Sound 1981 Nominee

Cast

Katharine Hepburn
as Ethel Thayer
Henry Fonda
as Norman Thayer Jr.
Jane Fonda
as Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Doug McKeon
as Billy Ray
Dabney Coleman
as Bill Ray
William Lanteau
as Charlie Martin
Chris Rydell
as Sumner Todd

Crew

Mark Rydell
Director
Martin Starger
Producer
Terry Carr
Producer
Bruce Gilbert
Producer
Ernest Thompson
Play Author
Ernest Thompson
Screen Story
Ernest Thompson
Screenwriter
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Ida Random
Production Designer
Stephen B. Grimes
Production Designer
Jane Bogart
Set Designer
Emad Helmey
Set Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Gary Daigler
First Assistant Director
Barry Primus
Casting
Dianne Crittenden
Casting
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
Tom Tuttle
Makeup
Stephen B. Grimes
Second Unit Director
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