Cantankerous retiree Norman Thayer (Henry Fonda) and his conciliatory wife, Ethel (Katharine Hepburn), spend summers at their New England holiday home on the shore of idyllic Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), an only child, visits from Los Angeles with her new fiancé Bill (Dabney Coleman) and his teenage son, Billy (Doug McKeon). The couple are on their way to Europe for a vacation, and have asked the Thayers to look after Billy for a month while they are gone, hoping that the boy will bond with Norman. When Chelsea returns, she attempts to repair the long-strained relationship with her ageing father before it’s too late.
Notes by David O Mahony
Screening as part of Katharine Hepburn: Woman of the Year season.