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Harold and Maude -- A teenager with a death wish and a 79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby's cult black comedy. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Vivian Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the spirited Maude (Ruth Gordon). An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting and nude modeling among her many pursuits. To the disgust of Harold's relatives and the befuddlement of Harold's shrink, Harold falls in love with her. As lilting Cat Stevens tunes play on the soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.
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Writer:
Colin Higgins (written by)
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Release Date:
20 December 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They will defy everything you've ever seen or heard about screen lovers! [Video] See more »
Plot:
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(282 articles)
User Reviews:
Brilliantly executed quirky comedy that could be the most romantic film ever See more (301 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ruth Gordon ... Maude

Bud Cort ... Harold
Vivian Pickles ... Mrs. Chasen

Cyril Cusack ... Glaucus

Charles Tyner ... Uncle Victor

Ellen Geer ... Sunshine Doré

Eric Christmas ... Priest
G. Wood ... Psychiatrist
Judy Engles ... Candy Gulf
Shari Summers ... Edith Phern

Tom Skerritt ... 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
Henry Dieckoff ... Butler
Philip Schultz ... Doctor
Sonia Sorel ... Head Nurse (as Sonia Sorrell)
Margot Jones ... Student Nurse
Barry Higgins ... Intern
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Ashby ... Bearded Man Watching Model Train (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ... Policeman (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Marjorie Eaton ... Madame Arouet (uncredited)

William Lucking ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jerry Randall ... (uncredited)
Cat Stevens ... Man in Front of Maude at Funeral (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Erick Vinther ... Student #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Hal Ashby 
 
Writing credits
Colin Higgins (written by)

Produced by
Colin Higgins .... producer
Mildred Lewis .... executive producer
Charles Mulvehill .... producer (as Charles B. Mulvehill)
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography) (as John Alonzo)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Sawyer (film editor)
Edward Warschilka (film editor)
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss  (as William Theiss)
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Bob Stein .... make up
Rebecca White .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Wesley J. McAfee .... unit production manager (as Wes McAfee)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... first assistant director (as Michael Dmytryk)
Robert Enrietto .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
James Cane .... set dresser
Eugene Booth .... props (uncredited)
Stephen R. Ferry .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recordist
William Randall .... sound
James Richard .... sound editor (as James A. Richards)
Frank E. Warner .... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Charles Randall .... boom man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A.D. Flowers .... special effects
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunt double (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt co-ordinator (as Joe Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt double (as Joe Hooker)
Jerry Randall .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Hart .... gaffer
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette Jr.)
Charles Record .... head grip
Jack Gereghty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Randy Glass .... best boy (uncredited)
King Nicholson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Elias Safar .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Larry Whitehead .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Ann Brebner .... casting: S.F. (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... wardrobe supervisor (as Andrea Weaver)
Rosa Lazar .... costume fitter (uncredited)
Kirk Templeman .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sam Gemette .... editorial apprentice
Don Zimmerman .... editorial apprentice
Jack Davies .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Paul Samwell-Smith .... recording supervised by
Cat Stevens .... composer: songs
Cat Stevens .... performer: songs
 
Transportation Department
Charles Bricker .... driver (uncredited)
James D. Brubaker .... driver (uncredited)
Gene Clinesmith .... driver captain (uncredited)
Dale Henry .... driver (uncredited)
Allen Pettigrew .... driver (uncredited)
Craig Pinkard .... driver (uncredited)
Dalibos Raos .... driver (uncredited)
Ray Tostado .... driver (uncredited)
Gerald Vers .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pablo Ferro .... titles
Steven J. Silver .... production associate (as Steve Silver)
Jeff Wexler .... production assistant
R. Alberts .... craft service (uncredited)
Julie Dressler .... production secretary (uncredited)
Jan Haag .... intern (uncredited)
Boone Lodge .... stand-in (uncredited)
Susan Madigan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Arnold H. Orgolini .... auditor (uncredited)
Julie Pitkanen .... script continuity (uncredited)
Bill Shur .... projectionist (uncredited)
Barbara Ulrich .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde .... publicist (uncredited)
Sheila Woodland .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2013) | South Korea:18 (2005) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
Most of the Cat Stevens songs heard in the film were taken from his albums Mona Bone Jakone or Tea for the Tillerman. He wrote the opening song, "Don't Be Shy", and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" especially for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314See more »

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95 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly executed quirky comedy that could be the most romantic film ever, 15 August 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

HAROLD AND MAUDE is one of the quirkiest comedies ever made, both heartwarming and hilarious. Just recently, it made the AFI's Top 100 Funniest Movies of All Time (#45). Not that the list means anything, it didn't include DUMB & DUMBER the funniest damn movie ever made, but I agreed with this choice.

Bud Cort is Harold, a morbid teenage boy neglected by his rich mother (Vivian Pickles), who spends her time trying to match him up with blind dates. Harold delights in pretending to kill himself to get attention from his mother and pulls some gruesome tricks out of his sleeve to scare away his blind dates. He goes to funerals as a hobby and while there, he meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), a carefree elderly woman. Maude helps to teach Harold the beauty of life and the two slowly fall in love.

HAROLD AND MAUDE was ever nominated for any Oscars, but it should have been. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon are both brilliant in their roles; unfortunately, this would be the last good film either of them made. Cort was recently reduced to a bit part in THEODORE REX and Gordon died in 1985. But both here are at shining moments in their careers. Vivian Pickles is right on-target as Harold's rich, prissy mother who tries to run Harold's life for him until he breaks free. Maude is certainly one of the most heartwarming characters in cinema history; her philosophies are so very true that I couldn't help but apply them to my life after the movie was over. Some viewers may be disgusted at the thought of a teenage boy and an elderly woman being a hot item, but the idea and execution of it is more an act of respect and love for one another as people than an act of lust and romance, making this in my opinion the most romantic film of all time. HAROLD AND MAUDE is also told very realistically, making the story unfold gracefully and the twist ending is both poignant and reassuring.

HAROLD AND MAUDE is certainly one of the funniest movies of all time, but is also one of the most important human stories as well.

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What's wrong with living past 80? Danofthewoods
I saw this movie in a theater back when it first came out... jawebster2000
The movie and script are so different... khowefl
Feel like a British Film...... Columbia75
The Cat Stevens soundtrack was wonderful tomboston191
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