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Harold and Maude (1971)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 December 1971 (USA)
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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Pickles ...
G. Wood ...
Judy Engles ...
Candy Gulf
Shari Summers ...
Edith Phern
Motorcycle Officer (as M. Borman)
Susan Madigan ...
Ray K. Goman ...
Police Officer (as Ray Goman)
Gordon De Vol ...
Police Officer (as Gordon DeVol)
Harvey Brumfield ...
Police Officer


Self-destructive and needy but wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed with death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolition of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get the attention of his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchic seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him. Meanwhile, his mother enlists him in a dating service and tries to force him to join the army. On the day of Maude's eightieth birthday, Harold proposes to her but he finds the truth about life at the end of hers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ensina-me a Viver  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Suzanne Somers:  As a "deodorant girl" during a funeral. The scene was cut. See more »


About 50 minutes into the film, when Maude is doing donuts around the officer, the driver-side window of the truck is alternately up/down between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Chasen: [after spotting Harold hanging from a noose in the living room] I suppose you think that's very funny, Harold... Oh, dinner at eight, Harold. And do try and be a little more vivacious.
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Spoofed in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) See more »


In the score while Harold is hanging and during the dinner scene
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When is the sequel coming?
8 February 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Over 30 years have passed since Harold and Maude premiered. Since then, there hasn't been a more "different" and enjoyable love story about two completely odd people. The story is so unique, it is held in a category all its own. A man, who only feels alive when he's dead is introduced to a woman who is planning on death but lives life day to day. The moral of the movie is to live and to be. I am hoping for a sequel where Harold becomes the old man and influences a young woman who reminds him of the child he once was to live life to the very fullest.

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