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Harold and Maude (1971)

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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Glaucus
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Priest
G. Wood ...
Psychiatrist
Judy Engles ...
Candy Gulf
Shari Summers ...
Edith Phern
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Motorcycle Officer (as M. Borman)
Susan Madigan ...
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Ray K. Goman ...
Police Officer (as Ray Goman)
Gordon De Vol ...
Police Officer (as Gordon DeVol)
Harvey Brumfield ...
Police Officer
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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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They were meant to be. But exactly what they were meant to be is not quite clear. See more »

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20 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Ensina-me a Viver  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Maude's picture frames are empty. In Colin Higgins's book, Harold asks why she removed the photographs (the scene was not used in the movie). Maude tells him they mocked her by their images remaining sharp even as her memories were fading, implying that she is suffering from Alzheimer's or a similar form of dementia. See more »

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When Maude pulls the banjo out of a cabinet, you see the reflection of crew and lights. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Without a Trace: American Goddess (2004) See more »

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Piano Concerto No. 1
(1874-5) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score after a psychiatrist session
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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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