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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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Release Date:
20 December 1971 (USA) See more »
They will defy everything you've ever seen or heard about screen lovers! [Video] See more »
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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
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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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Flamboyant eighties pop star Boy George is a big fan of this movie. When he met Bud Cort on the set of Electric Dreams (1984), his first words to Cort were, "So you're the bloke who kept killing himself!"See more »
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 »
[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 "30 Rock: Cougars (#2.7)" (2007)See more »
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59 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
I loved this!, 14 March 2004
Author: strindbergandhelium from Austin, Texas

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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