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ON GOLDEN POND
1981, Universal, 109 min, UK, USA, Dir: Mark Rydell

Writer Ernest Thompson’s adaptation of his 1979 play gave Henry Fonda one of the movies’ greatest swan songs. In his final performance, Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a retiree living on a lake called Golden Pond with his wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn). When their only child (played by Fonda’s real-life daughter, Jane) arrives with her fiancé and his son, the Thayers agree to take the boy for a few weeks while the couple get married and honeymoon. As the summer passes, the cantankerous old man slowly bonds with the teenager, something he was never able to do with his daughter. This warm look at love and reconciliation in the face of advancing age won Oscars for Fonda, Hepburn and Thompson and remains one of the most popular films of the 1980s.


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