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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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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is Harold. Fully equipped to deal with life. This is Maude. Harold's girlfriend. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

20 December 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ensina-me a Viver  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When she first meets Harold, Maude states her full name as Dame Marjorie Chardem (although it is spelled "Chardin" in the screenplay, novel, and transcript). 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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I Wish, I Wish
(1970) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Cat Stevens
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I loved this!
14 March 2004 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

I want to BE Maude when I am older. Ironically, I have never seen a movie that was so full of life and joy. There are many little things in this movie, little details and gags, that increase the movie's replayability. The acting is amazing. Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort have wonderful chemistry,which is a tribute to the their acting ability, as well as the tight writing and solid direction. I was sad that this movie did not garner more recognition than it did when it was released. I am also disappointed that Bud Cort has not starred in more things since this movie. Oh well. This is a good Hal Ashby movie to start with, but if you get a chance you should watch as many as possible. They are quirky, thoughtful and wonderful. "Harold and Maude" is a paean to life and love, even if it's in the weirdest places.

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