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Harold and Maude (1971)

GP  |   |  Comedy, Drama, 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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1.85 : 1
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The Cat Stevens songs 'Pop' 'Star', 'Shine,' 'Time,' and 'Fill My Eyes' were originally to be used in the film. 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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In the score while Harold is hanging and during the dinner scene
Played also by a harpist
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A 'tour de force' of a film and one of Hal Ashby's best films
23 January 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

'Harold & Maude' is one of those 'sleeper' films that just seems to resonate that bit more with every passing year. Harold, played by the criminally under-utilized Bud Cort, is the quintessential disaffected rich kid wanting to find some meaning in a vacuous life who hooks up with the devil-may-care Maude through their mutual love of attending funerals (Joyce's word 'fun-for-all' springs readily to mind in those scenes). There is plenty to love about this film, the slower pace and the lampooning of easy targets, the 'gung-ho' military uncle and the fetishist priest for example. Here is a film that really stands up well to repeated viewings.

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