On Golden Pond
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For 48 years, Ethel and Norman Thayer have summered at their cabin on Golden Pond. Their New England home is filled with memorabilia, reflecting their long history on the lake, and life with their daughter, Chelsea. However, this summer becomes a season of conflict. Chelsea, now a forty-ish divorcee, and deeply distanced from her father, has come to visit with her new lover, Bill and his tough young son, Billy. These three generations are about to collide, with only the witty and buoyant Ethel between them.Chelsea and Bill announce that they are taking a trip to Europe, and ask Ethel and Norman to take care of young Billy. Both Ethel and Norman are more than a little uncertain about their new roles as grandparents. And what begins as a stubborn battle of wills between Norman and Billy, slowly turns into a warm and loving friendship. When Chelsea and Bill return from Europe, Chelsea sees in her father’s friendship with Billy, the kind of connection she always wanted with her father. In turn, Norman sees how much he has missed by denying his daughter’s love.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 24
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: On Golden Pond is a mixed blessing, but it offers one performance of rare quality and three others that are very good. That's not half-bad.
Fresh: When it sometimes seems the whole society has spiritually decamped for Tinseltown, the movie offers the hope that people can come home again-at least for a visit.
Fresh: Without question, these are major, meaty roles for Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda, and there could have been little doubt that the two would work superbly together.
Fresh: There is a natural rhythm to the film that makes its own quiet, life-affirming statement.
In my collection... On the very top, perhaps the highest
From my point of view, one of the best movies ever. Script, cast, plot, drama makes this movie a must to check the basics things in life. A treat to see
My most favourite.
The best of EVERYTHING! Acting. Directing. Writing. Adaptation from stage to screen. Cinematography. Just look at the lighting! The second unit! What a cast!!! Top to bottom!! DO NOT MISS!!
The best movie ever
A must see movie. The acting was superb. The strained relationship between Henry and Joan makes this movie even more of an emotional gem. The setting for this movie is absolutely breathtaking, so if you don't watch it for anything other than that, it is well worth it.