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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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G. Wood ...
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Candy Gulf
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Ray K. Goman ...
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Gordon De Vol ...
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Harvey Brumfield ...
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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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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Actors originally considered for the role of Harold Chasen include John Rubinstein, Bob Balaban, Daniel Fortus, Todd Susman, Elton John and John Neilson. 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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Don't Be Shy
(1971) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Cat Stevens during the opening credits
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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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