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Harold and Maude (1971)

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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Vivian Pickles ...
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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 ...
Girlfriend
Ray K. Goman ...
Police Officer (as Ray Goman)
Gordon De Vol ...
Police Officer (as Gordon DeVol)
Harvey Brumfield ...
Police Officer
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Storyline

Harold is a depressed, death-obsessed 20-year-old man/child who spends his free time attending funerals and pretending to commit suicide in front of his mother. At a funeral, Harold befriends Maude, a 79-year-old woman who has a zest for life. She and Harold spend much time together during which she exposes him to the wonders and possibilities of life. After rejecting his mother's three attempts to set him up with a potential wife, and committing fake suicide in front of all of them, Harold announces that he is to be married to Maude. However, Maude has a surprise for Harold that is to change his life forever. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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They will defy everything you've ever seen or heard about screen lovers! [Video] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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1.85 : 1
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On Tom Skerritt's credit as "M. Borman": "Skerritt's small role in the film, as an authoritarian motorcycle policeman, came about by accident when a previously cast actor broke his leg. Skerritt's film credit reads M. Borman, a reference to prominent Nazi official Martin Bormann, whose post-World War II whereabouts were still unknown. 'I said one day that he probably came out to Oakland and became a motorcycle cop, and so that's the way they put it in.'" Detroit Free Press, April 20, 2014, "Detroit native Tom Skerritt comes home Tuesday to reflect on his life, Hollywood times" See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Think I See The Light
(1970) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Cat Stevens
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Great movie!
2 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this film. I saw it when it first came out and I was a teenager. I bought the VHS version and I watch it every-so-often. It is great! I have decided that I want to be like the character Ruth Gordon plays in this movie when I get older. She is eccentric. She loves life. She is in touch with herself. I LOVE HER!!! And Bud Cort...what a wonderful, dry, cool, suave young fellow. Believable. He wants to control his own life. His mama is, well... rich and determined. He is...young and confused. You won't believe this. I laugh every time I play it. And I search myself every time it ends. You can watch it one hundred times and still find something new. It's not normal, it's not predictable, and most of all, it's not a waste of time.


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