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FTMA Talk Back Series: ON GOLDEN POND (1981) with Q&A

DIRECTED BY: Mark Rydell

STARRING: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda



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In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Ethel (Katharine Hepburn) to their New England summer cottage. Their solitude is interrupted when the couple's daughter Chelsea (Jane Fonda) arrives with her fiance Bill and his son Billy Ray in tow. It takes a while, but Chelsea and Bill, about to go on a vacation of their own, persuade Norman and Ethel to take care of Billy Ray. Norman and the kid dislike each other from Square One, and it looks as though this summer will be a depressing experience. Gradually, Norman and Billy Ray grow to love one another; their bond is strengthened during a near-fatal accident while fishing. It is through the warm relationship between Norman and the boy that the old man and his daughter Chelsea are at last able to display affection towards each other--the first time they've done so in years. Gorgeously photographed, ON GOLDEN POND is a wonderful final film for Henry Fonda, who died not long after the film's completion. Academy Awards were bestowed upon Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and screenwriter Ernest Thompson (who adapted the film from his stage play).

JUSTIN LIBERMAN was a directing fellow at Columbia University




RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes










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