An aging couple cares for their estranged daughter's stepson.
This is probably the nicest, sweetest, most wholesome film about death ever. The primary conflict, Norman's fear of death and his unfinished business, is treated with such a light-heartedness that the film takes on a ...
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 audienc... read more
Directed by: Mark Rydell
Release Date: December 4, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
Stats: 1,098 reviews
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On Golden Pond may have a very straight forward story about a couple growing old together as they now live on "Golden Pond", a quite little place on the water where family and friends come to visit. As their daughter brings her new fiance to visit, they are blessed with a 13 year...
November 16, 2010
With the subject matter circulating around death, failed relationships, and troubled families it would seem that this would be a shouting match waiting to happen. Instead the plot plays coy, reeling you in with the calm wooded surroundings and the fraility of Ethel and Norman in ...
April 10, 2009
Nauseous feel-good wannabe crap
September 10, 2008
"Everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret? It doesn't have to ruin your life darling!"
July 28, 2008
An Exellent feel-good movie!
March 1, 2008
talk about a tender movie -- this is the other side of Kate --
September 15, 2007
Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn evoke that old-school Hollywood glamour that just charms the pants off this movie. Jane Fonda didn't impress me but I read somewhere that there were a lot of parallels between the father-daughter relationship of her character and her own life. Wh...
August 23, 2007
No one creates tension like Henry Fonda: everything he touches is so terse, as a viewer, you're just waiting for the other shoe to drop. This is a good film - a little hoky, but a solid adaptation of the play, which always seems cornier. This was Fonda's last role, and what a way...
December 26, 2006
I think it might be true that the older you get the more this movie may mean to you. Fonda and Hepburn light up the screen. Minus one star for the harming of worms and fish. You'd think in a movie where impending death is a prominent theme that they'd be more sensitive to this...
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