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The African Queen/On Golden Pond/The Iron Petticoat (1981)

Region: (unknown)
UPC/Barcode: 5037115056535
Released: 20th October 2003
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: (unknown)
Catalogue No: 3711505653
Category: Feature, Modern Classic
Format: DVD / Box Set
The African Queen/On Golden Pond/The Iron Petticoat (1981) (Box Set) (Deleted)

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Story: A box set of Katharine Hepburn films spanning 3 decades. In 'The African Queen' (1951) a prim missionary (Hepburn) is forced to team up with a gin-swilling river trader (Humphrey Bogart) when her village is destroyed during the Great War. They flee from the Germans down the Congo, aboard the trader's battered ship, 'The African Queen'. Bogart won an Oscar for his portrayal of the gruff, cynical sailor. In 'The Iron Petticoat' (1956), when a Russian Mig strays into US air space, airforce captain Chuck Lockwood (Bob Hope) is given the task of forcing it down and apprehending its pilot. He is surprised to find that his quarry is a woman, Captain Kovelenko (Hepburn), who has chosen to defect on the grounds that as a woman she is discriminated against in her homeland. As the pair debate the values of capitalism against communism, love begins to cut across the political divide, but the romance is put on hold when a disgruntled KGB makes moves to apprehend the defector. Whilst in 'On Golden Pond' (1981), for forty eight years, Professor Norman Thayer Jr (Henry Fonda, in his last film performance) and his wife Ethel (Hepburn) have holidayed at their New England cottage on Golden Pond. This time round they have an extra guest - Billy Ray (Doug McKeon), the son of their daughter Chelsea's (Jane Fonda) boyfriend, Bill. The generation gap is soon highlighted, with Norman and Billy clashing frequently and fiercely. However, as the summer progresses Norman begins to forge the kind of close relationship with the boy that he has always denied Chelsea, and comes to realize how much happiness he has missed out on with his own daughter. Fonda and Hepburn won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau, Bob Hope, James Robertson Justice, Noelle Middleton, Robert Helpmann, David Kossoff, Alan Gifford, Paul Carpenter, Theodore Bikel, Christopher Rydell, Tutte Lemkow, Peter Swanwick, Richard Wattis, Richard Marner, Olaf Pooley, Sid James, Walter Gotell

Cinematographer: Jack Cardiff

Directed by: John Huston, Mark Rydell, Ralph Thomas

Music by: Benjamin Frankel, Allan Gray, Dave Grusin

Produced by: Sam Spiegel, Betty E. Box, Bruce Gilbert, Lew Grade

Written by: James Agee, Ben Hecht, John Huston, Ernest Thompson

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Studio/distributor: ITV DVD

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