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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 who he lives. Mrs. Chasen is determined for Harold to be "normal", including she 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 doing 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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They met at the funeral of a perfect stranger. From then on, things got perfectly stranger and stranger. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ensina-me a Viver See more »

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Budget:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors originally considered for the role of Harold Chasen include John Rubinstein, Bob Balaban, Daniel Fortus, Todd Susman, Elton John and John Neilson. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Dawson's Creek: ...Must Come to an End (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Tea for the Tillerman
(1970) (uncredited)
Written and Performed by Cat Stevens
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The reason movies exist!
29 June 2004 | by melanietigheSee all my reviews

I only saw this film quite recently but it hopped straight to my number one film of all time. It is beautiful. Bud Cort is charming as Harold and Ruth Gordon - dare I say cute? As Maude. If I look like her when I'm eighty I'll be out there nicking cars and fluttering my eyelashes at policemen too! Maude wrenches Harold free from his morbid and lonely existence to show him how lush and amazing the world can be and he emerges from his experiences a happy man. This is definitely one of the films that (along with say, Fight Club, American Beauty and The Rocky Horror Picture Show) show you can be who you want to be, and you needn't let anyone oppress you. It's brilliant. Everyone should know a Maude. It has inspired me to buy a banjo and play Cat Stevens songs.


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