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On Golden Pond

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7.3
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Original title
On Golden Pond
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109 min.
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United States United States
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Genre
Drama | Family Relationships. Old Age / Elderly. Melodrama
Synopsis
On Golden Pond was a successful Broadway play before Ernest Thompson adapted his own work into the screenplay for the film version. Norman Thayer Jr (Henry Fonda) and his devoted wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) are in the twilight stage of their lives. They arrive at their summer house, on Golden Pond, to spend the summer months and to celebrate Norman's 80th birthday. Norman is not coping well with age. He is showing some signs of memory loss, which is resulting in anger, frustration and fear. Ethel on the other hand still has her faculties in abundance, and is the assurance and emotional support that Norman secretly craves at this difficult time of his life. Their daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), arrives with her dentist boyfriend, Bill Ray (Dabney Coleman) and his thirteen year old son, Billy Ray Jnr (Doug McKeon). Chelsea's relationship with Norman is clearly strained as they arrive for his 80th birthday.
Awards
1981: 3 Academy Awards: Best Actor (H. Fonda), Actress (K. Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay 10 Nominations
1981: 3 Golden Globes, including Best Movie - Drama. 6 nominations
1981: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (H. Fonda)
1981: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Actor (Fonda)
1982: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Hepburn). 6 Nominations inc. Best Film
1981: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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User history
On Golden Pond
1981
Mark Rydell
7.3
(7,745)
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