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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.

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writer:

Colin Higgins
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Judy Engles ... Candy Gulf
Shari Summers ... Edith Phern
Tom Skerritt ... Motorcycle Officer (as M. Borman)
Susan Madigan Susan Madigan ... Girlfriend
Ray K. Goman ... Police Officer (as Ray Goman)
Gordon De Vol Gordon De Vol ... Police Officer (as Gordon DeVol)
Harvey Brumfield Harvey Brumfield ... Police Officer
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Storyline

Young adult Harold Chasen, solitary and friendless by choice, is obsessed with death, this fascination manifesting itself in he staging his own fake suicides, driving a hearse and attending funerals, even of people he doesn't know, all to the chagrin of his exasperated wealthy mother with whom he lives. Mrs. Chasen is determined for Harold to be "normal", including her sending him into therapy to deal with his issues and finding him a girlfriend through a computer dating service. It is at a series of funerals that Harold meets Maude, on the cusp of her eightieth birthday, she who too attends funerals of strangers. Unlike Harold, Maude is obsessed with life - her own life to be more precise - she does whatever she wants to please herself, damned what others may think or how they may be affected. Since she can't take material possessions with her, she is more interested in experiences, with whatever material possessions she has - often "borrowed" without asking - only to further those ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

In all shots of Ruth Gordon (Maude) driving the hearse it is being towed because she never learned how to drive a car. See more »

Goofs

When Maude pulls the banjo out of a cabinet, you see the reflection of crew and lights. 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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Connections

Referenced in Dead of Summer: Mix Tape (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Klaxon
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Fillmore
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harold and maude where have you been all my life.
23 August 2007 | by requiemforadream13See all my reviews

can you believe i am 21 years old and only recently saw this film. i had heard chatters about it but never followed through...until a few days ago! and wow! how can this film have been made in 1971, it makes no sense, and i know that the 70s was a particularly strong period for American cinema but this film feels like it could have come from last week! perfect performances, the music by the former cat stevens was great, and the quirk of the storyline and dialogue was likable without being alienating. there were just little hidden things that one could take for face value but if you looked further you'd see a greater substance. i loved this film. i loved this film. i loved this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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