On Golden Pond 40th Anniversary presented by TCM

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Norman is a curmudgeon with an estranged relationship with his daughter Chelsea. At Golden Pond, he and his wife nevertheless agree to care for Billy, the son of Chelsea's new boyfriend, and a most unexpected relationship blooms.


  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Henry Fonda
  • Jane Fonda
  • Doug McKeon
  • Dabney Coleman
  • William Lanteau
  • Chris Rydell

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On Golden Pond is a treasure for many reasons, but the best one, I think, is that I could believe it. I could believe in its major characters and their relationships, and in the things they felt for one another, and there were moments when the movie was witness to human growth and change. I left the theater feeling good and warm, and with a certain resolve to try to mend my own relationships and learn to start listening better.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The biggest surprise with On Golden Pond is that the best performance in the film is not turned in by a Fonda. Rather, it is Katharine Hepburn, in a performance without gimmicks or great scenes, who communicates so much of the film's emotional power as a portrait of the serenity and anger associated with old age.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune