ON GOLDEN POND (1981)

Dir. Mark Rydell

Just as John Huston had done when he cast his father, Walter, in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Jane Fonda helped her father, Henry, win a long-overdue Oscar when she bought him the rights to Ernest Thompson's play. The real payoff, however, was the chance to act with her father for the only time in their careers. The film was very much a family affair, with Jane's son, Troy Garity, appearing in a small role. This movie also marked the only teaming of the elder Fonda with Katharine Hepburn, who won a record-setting fourth Oscar for her performance. In youth-conscious Hollywood, ON GOLDEN POND was a beautiful anomaly. The tale of an aging couple dealing with failing health, slipping minds and a long history of happiness and heartaches together became one of the top-grossing films of its year. Ironically, it was a film nobody had wanted to make, partly because it was impossible to insure the two stars. They come through with career-capping performances, and Hepburn even did her own stunts.

In attendance: Jane Fonda.

ON GOLDEN POND
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