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On Golden Pond Review


Excellent
The early 1980s were the best of times and the worst of times for movies. Hollywood produced a lot of entertaining blockbusters (the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Terminator movies, Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, WarGames, Airplane!, Risky Business, and so on) which kept the movies fun and exciting. But Hollywood also produced a string of mainstream dramas like Sophie's Choice and Ordinary People which were punishingly grim, superficial, and shallow. Of course, most film critics at the time viewed the former with contempt, and praised the latter as the greatest works of art since Mozart.

On Golden Pond was definitely one of the latter category -- a manipulative, Oscar-ready mainstream drama. But surprisingly, it's not a bad movie.

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The Morning After Review


Grim
Lifetime-achievement Oscar winner Sidney Lumet made a lot of great movies. He also made a whole lot of utter crap, and one of the cellar dwellers is this, The Morning After, a Jane Fonda vehicle that alternately insults you and makes no sense at all.

Lumet earns points for starting off with a bang. The movie opens with a haggard Fonda, her feathered hair coming across like a fright wig, rousing out of bed next to a man. She's a little disoriented... who is he? She turns to wake him up, only to find a steak knife jabbed in his chest. But she can't remember the night before! Did she kill the guy? Or is this the most retarded frame-up in the history of cinema?

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Nine To Five Review


Good
Strangely enough, I just realized after seeing this film again today (1999) that Teaching Mrs. Tingle is a crude rip-off of this movie (three women take boss hostage at his own home to teach him a lesson). Who'd a thunk!?

Fonda Struggled With Golden Pond


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Jane Fonda almost gave up on making film classic On Golden Pond because no one wanted to make a family film starring her ailing father Henry Fonda.

The actress teamed up with Bruce Gilbert in a bid to get the touching 1981 film made, and was shocked when no one wanted to back a movie featuring her acting legend father.

She recalls, "We couldn't get insurance because my dad was so sick. Nobody wanted to make the movie. I mean, who wants to make a movie about a couple of old guys and a young kid? We had to go to England to get money."

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