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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

On this lazy Sunday we’re going to take a look at On Golden Pond. What better title to follow up the cheeky HOUSE, right? Never let it be said that The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is for sci-fi/horror/comic nerds only! Now, gather your Pop-Pop and Grammy around and let’s take a look at a pretty outstanding drama and Henry Fonda’s last great performance.

I came to this one a little late, covering it in my run of A Movie A Day. I figured it was Boring Old People: The Movie, but when I finally watched it I was surprised that it had a bit of a bite to it. Sure, there’s a lot of heart and a touch of melancholy as this old couple revisits their honeymoon period via an old cabin, but the bickering between Fonda and Katharine Hepburn carries a natural playful jabbing that keeps things from falling into Hallmark Channel-level melodrama.

There’s also a fantastic troubled relationship between strict father and estranged daughter played by Henry’s real life kiddo, Jane. This one is interesting because the on-screen relationship isn’t too far removed from Jane and Henry’s in the real world. There’s an honesty to their scenes together that really does stand out.

So, while it may seem an odd choice for this geek site, On Golden Pond is a damn good movie and deserves to be featured as much as the films of Spielberg, Lucas, Hitchcock, Nolan, Jackson and the rest of the Geek Lords. So here's Hepburn and Fonda at work!

Thanks to Paul Wilder for sending the image along! Click to embiggen!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pics will be another selection from (in my opinion) Francis Ford Coppola’s best film!

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  • June 26, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by CB Chap


  • June 26, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    It's a fitting pic for a film fan site

    by AlienFanatic

    Two iconic actors in roles that were highly praised at the time. I sometimes wonder about whether or not we value acting as much as beauty anymore. Would actors like Fonda and Bogart still find a home in a world where the body seems more important than the brain?

  • June 26, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Still havent seen this movie.

    by MRJONZ72

  • June 26, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Great pick. We need a Blu-Ray.

    by HarryMcBack

    This is one of those movie that my parents used to love to watch but I always left the room when I was kid because I thought it was stupid. When I was about 17 my Mom finally got me to watch since I had made her watch the just released Cabin Boy with me. Once I watched it, I loved it even more than they did. Is there any news on this coming to Blu-Ray?

  • June 26, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Next BTS

    by Colin Dent

    Got to be 'The Conversation.' (IMHO)

  • June 26, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    A talky

    by bohdi71

    Always love a movie where it's just people talking but it can be just as enjoyable as any action or thriller, last good one I saw was good will hunting so they are few and far between.

  • June 26, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    @melonman - re: Storyboards

    by AlienFanatic

    I do like the idea of a separate storyboard column. Either have a side-by-side with the final frames of film, or simply an occasional "Art of The Storyboard" to highlight the different styles out there. I find that some artists are rough and ready, while other artists shoot for as much realism as possible. While they're really just a sketch, some of the art in storyboards is quite excellent.

  • June 26, 2011, 8 a.m. CST


    by BSB

    Can't wait to see tomorrow's pic of Kenneth Branaugh in his opened blouse.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Love this movie, but it's no 'Taffin'

    by JaNath

    I vividly remember watching this as a teenager and falling in love with it. It was 'ole Henry Fonda that did it for me; he's such a crotchety bastard you gotta love him. And Jane Fonda in a bikini. But, two Fonda's and a Hepburn aside, this cannot hold a candle to the vastly underrated 'Taffin'. Quite why Brosnan never got nominated, let alone go on to win every award going for his blisteringly subtle performance here I don't know. The man is a chameleon, disappearing into each role. He IS Taffin. Mesmerising: With thanks and love to Adam & Joe.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Variety is good

    by Aaron Lea

    Nice to a change of pace

  • June 26, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Great movie

    by Sunhawk7

    I ended up seeing this a couple of times in the theater when it came out. Beautiful cinematography, characters, story telling and some laugh out loud moments. All because of the truth they seemed to catch.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    I'm Very Fonda That Picture

    by Peter David

    Yeah, okay, not everything I say is brilliant. PAD

  • June 26, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    B o r i n g

    by james_cameron_raped_my_childhood

    I can't bring myself to sit though it, would rather see those two in their prime... This is one of those 80s movies that would scoop awards at the Oscars but no one gave a crap about, eg Ghandi, because we were lapping up Gremlins, ET, Jedi, Temple of Doom, Ghostbusters, etc....glorious days to be a kid!

  • June 26, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    watched this on videodisc like 100 times

    by JRKerr


  • June 26, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    i should see this

    by misterfurly

    fonda and hepburn are great and i just watched the trailer and jane is hot as helllll. i avoided this in the 80's because of its "hallmarky-ness" but it looks like some nice acting, i can handle sentimentality now, back then it was more watching the burbs predator and terminator on repeat. and janath- thanks for the "taffin" link hahaha "maybe you shouldnt be living heeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrreeee!!!!!" haha

  • June 26, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST


    by JaNath

    Why are you laughing? 'Taffin' is up there with Citizen Kane FFS! You can't learn acting like that; only Brosnan with his inate ability to get under the skin of his characters could deliver a line like that like that. I, personally, don't wish to live ANYWHERE after seeing that clip, it's that powerful. He was wasted as Bond.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by barreljumper

    The bond of friendship between Norman and Billy is also a perfect touch in this movie! GREAT MOVIE!

  • June 26, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Dabney Coleman

    by Nem_Wan

    This is right when his film career is taking off: after Nine to Five and before Tootsie and WarGames. He gets a lot out of very little screen time in this. One of the best brief roles in film, I'd say.

  • June 26, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Woah, are you *that* Peter David?

    by blunted666

    The brought-Linda-Danvers-back-post-Crisis Peter David? If so, I used to have a complete run of your X-Factor before my mom moved houses... yer a friggin' comics legend, man

  • June 26, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    At least

    by dukeroberts

    At least this picture didn't include that Commie bitch daughter of his.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I too favor the storyboard idea...

    by alienindisguise

    Being one I know that they are some of the most overlooked artists in the business and it's just a shame that more aren't given their due. We do more work than the fucking actors do!

  • June 26, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Honestly, I'm still pissed at this film...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...For allowing Henry Fonda to steal the best acting Oscar from Harrison Ford in 'Raiders'. Yeah, I know, it's a pretty illogical argument. seeing as how he wasn't even nominated...I still cringe at the very concept of this film... Yes, i've certainly mellowed with age, as is inevitable...But i'd have to have advanced Alzheimer's AND Dementia to 'get' this one, sorry...And I love Fonda and Hepburn... If I was trapped on a desert island with nothing else to do than watch this movie, i'd hope it was on Videotape...So I could hang myself with it, since the edge of a broken DVD is not sharp enough to slit my wrists. Wanna...'Suck Ass'? Then watch 'On Golden Pond'. Oh, and even though I love Vangelis' work (Blade Runner is a masterpiece)...His score for 'Chariots of Fire' can burn in HELL...

  • I'd turn on payTV hoping to watch something good and I'd be like, "Fuck! Golden Pond is on again???"

  • June 26, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Zombiana Jones and Bobo Vision.....

    by JaNath yourselves a favour and get hold of 'Taffin' instead. A peerless Pierce Brosnan gangster flick that has no equal. Brosnan has never been better. He is, quite simply, mesmerising in it. He is Taffin:

  • June 26, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Why all the trash talk for On Golden Pond

    by DementedCaver

    On Golden Pond is a very good movie. IMO

  • June 26, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I don't know, I've just never liked it...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    And it's not because it's a sentimental film, or that it's about elderly people. Just never liked it, and that's about all I can say. 'Pandering' and 'insipid' are two adjectives that come to mind... I'll gladly take Fonda in 'Once Upon a Time in the West'...he's a stone-blooded fucking killer. And Hepburn in 'the African Queen'? It just doesn't get any better than that. As far as the 'Taffin' reference...Meh, whatever... Wanna see a great film? Put Herzog's 'Aguirre: Wrath of God' in your queue...Kinski is bugnuts insane...Or Jodorowski's 'El Topo' or (if you're REALLY Drunk or Stoned) 'The Holy Mountain'... That shit is just awesome, IMHO... But not for everyone, of course...

  • June 26, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Zombiana, just watch the effing clip man....

    by JaNath

    .....then you will know of what I speak. You too will become an avowed 'Taffinist' Love movies? Love Taffin.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Mark rydell will fuck you up


    Cutting girls faces up...

  • June 26, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I'll see your 'Taffin', and raise you...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ..A 'mildly irate' Kinski, on the set of Herzog's 'Fitzcarraldo'...

  • June 26, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Destroying movie magic, one pic at a time

    by Rupee88

    actually it's my fault that I click on this feature..or watch behind the scenes featurettes on DVD..or listen to Director's commentaries. But they do really ruin some of the magic of movies.

  • June 26, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    A movie you'll appreciate more as you get older.

    by v3d

  • June 26, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    ...As the dementia sets in, of course...

    by Zombiana_Jones

  • June 26, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Oh, I likey me a bit of Kinski.....

    by JaNath

    Kinski was a genius, a one off, an incredibly gifted actor. And he dragged a boat through a jungle. Wow. But Brosnan - The BronHomme - could eat that intensity for breakfast and then feats on a pile of pancakes. He IS method. Check out from 0:34 here onwards. I cry every time I see this, such is the realism and emotion he conveys here. Of course I have never seen this movie. It's shit. But BronHomme has never been better. So I match your Kinski, raise you a BronHomme and suggest you fold Zombiana.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by JaNath

    Good man! Did you cry? I bet you did. Were the tears for the conveyed emotion or sheer talent on display? Love movies? Love The BronHomme.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    One From The Heart pic tomorrow

    by thelordofhell


  • June 26, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    by Shawn

    You forgot to mention Jane Fonda's incredible bikini body.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    You forgot to mention Jane Fonda's incredible bikini body.

    by Shawn

  • June 26, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...Was so insane on 'Fitzcarraldo' that the indians wanted to murder the bastard, y'know...'To do Herzog a favor'.... Point, and match....

  • June 26, 2011, 1:40 p.m. CST

    ...But seriously...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...See 'Aguirre'. I mean, fairly-new-director Herzog STEALS a friggin' camera, flies to Peru, and shoots the thing ENTIRELY ON LOCATION withe Kinski, cast, and crew...For $370,000, a third of it being for Kinski's salary...On Andean mountain trails AND in the friggin' jungle...What more could you want? I honestly can't decide who's crazier...

  • June 26, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    That's a good hand Zombiana....

    by JaNath

    .....but as The BronHomme has murdered every line of dialogue and stage direction he's been given, I think I'll take the pot. Kinski was a fucking nutter mind. Would have loved a pint or 8 with him.

  • June 26, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Henry Fonda

    by proevad

    was so damn good in this film it was scary. Not one false moment. Really is something to behold.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I've never heard of this movie in my entire life.

    by Yelsaeb

    But now that I know about it, I'll seek it out. Thanks, Quint!

  • June 26, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Hanoi Jane...

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    can fuck off and die. I'm not watching anything with her in it.

  • June 27, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    The loons! Suck face!

    by Dennis_Moore

    I was a little kid when this was new--Mom used to watch it often on HBO. Now I'm pushing 40. Weird.

  • feeeed

  • June 27, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Squam Lake

    by ron2112

    The wife and I have brunch in a lovely restaurant overlooking that lake several times a year. Truly gorgeous. And yet I've never seen On Golden Pond. I figure that's probably okay.

  • June 27, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Talk about stunt casting.

    by Royston Lodge

    Change the names of the actors in this movie and maybe five people would have paid to watch it.

  • Why so flacid, you old poop?