On Golden Pond (1981)

 Rated R for a spot or 3 of the swearies.

The Next 129 Project marks 275 episodes in total for the Elliseseseses (although we’re getting close to 300 overall on this channel) and this one looks back at The Old Coots & The Kid Up At The Lake. Hank FondaKate Hepburn are wonderful together in what proved to be his final film and one of her last. Jane Fonda is as good as ever in her small—but vital—role. Also applause is due for director Mark Rydell & writer Ernest Thompson, but this is a textbook example of an actors film. This nostalgia-drenched picture has enough bite that it even won over our cynical old hearts. So take a listen with a mug of Sparkplug Coffee at your side. Our 10% discount still applies if you use the promo code “top100project” when you head to the check-out.

For The Record: Paul Newman did win the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, but that was in 1994. He won the Honorary Award, just like Fonda did, the year before he won his only competitive Oscar. Also, we covered a 4th Henry Fonda flick (The Lady Eve). Also also, Hepburn died in 2003, not 2004.


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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1981 in film

1981 U.S. Box Office and Top 300 Adjusted For Inflation

1981 Academy Award winners and nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Jane Fonda for her father and Ernest Thompson

Links to: The Grapes Of Wrath and Casablanca and 12 Angry Men and Raiders Of The Lost Ark

YouTube links: “You’re my knight in shining armor” and “we’re going fishing” and Norman being a jerk and the boat accident and the father/daughter reconciliation and saying goodbye to the lake

Previously on the Next 128 Project: Lost In America

December 3rd on the Next 130 Project: Bicycle Thieves