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Director:
Writer:
Colin Higgins (written by)
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Release Date:
20 December 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Interesting love tale See more (293 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 Devol ... 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)

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 Geraghty .... 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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Bud Cort wanted Greta Garbo to play the part of Maude.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Getting Gilliam (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314See more »

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97 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
Interesting love tale, 2 June 2003
Author: smacarena from Northern N.Y.

If so irreverent a story were to be told today, how would one react? As was probably the case when the film was released, people would probably find the theme edgy, if not inappropriate.

Such is the case with the cult film `Harold and Maude.' It openly explores themes of suicide, love, death and life with a fresh perspective.

The interesting part is how this film will likely find you. In most societies, an older man will likely fall for a woman years his junior. However, Harold (Bud Cort)-a shy teenager with an affinity for death-meets his 80-year-old true love Maude (Ruth Gordon), not at a dance or social event, but at funerals. The meeting almost seems reminiscent of Edward Norton's character's support group addiction in `Fight Club.'

Harold loves the attention he gets from staging fake suicides to frighten his obtuse and superficial haute-culture mother. In a reaction, she enlists him in a computer dating service in a vain matchmaking attempt to fix him up with Beetle-driving yuppies-to-be. The beauty is he frightens off all his prospective mates with cleverly staged fake suicides. At the same time, he meets Maude, a free-spirited senior who teaches him to appreciate life. After spending more time with her, he finds himself in love with her. However, a barrage of authority-i.e. priests, army-loving uncles and a psychiatrist-urge him not to follow through with his relationship.

`Harold and Maude' plays on '60s-esque themes of anti-establishment and open minds. Harold's militaristic uncle comes across as comical in his war-mongering vices-right down to his armless right sleeve that salutes when he pulls the string. Harold seems unhappy though he's surrounded by extravagance that rivals anything on MTV's `Cribs.' Not only that but his mother's lack of sense and indifference to her son mirrors her addiction to affluence. In addition to the swarm of brides-to-be, she tries to pacify him with material possessions-including a spanking-new Jaguar convertible, which he converts into a hearse.

Cat Stevens' open-air, acoustic-driven rock 'n' roll provides the soundtrack for the film. It gives the film a decent organic sound indicative of its demeanor.

This is a film that chases happiness wherever it can be found with a Woodstock-sense of responsibility. Maude's vices of vehicular larceny and bong smoking match Harold's love of fake hara-kiris and hearses. In a way, this movie comes across as a bit dated in that time has indeed erased the '60s anticipation of The Age of Aquarius and replaced it with `Fight Club' desperation.

However what the film lacks in reality, it makes up for in heart. This movie is not meant to be taken seriously; it's only to break down paradigms of societal thought.

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