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Harold and Maude ()


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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
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Maude Chardin
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Harold Chasen
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Mrs. Chasen
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Glaucus
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Uncle Victor
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Sunshine Doré
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Priest
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Psychiatrist
Judy Engles ...
Candy Gulf
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Edith Phern
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Motorcycle Officer (as M. Borman)
Susan Madigan ...
Girlfriend
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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
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Bearded Man Watching Model Train (uncredited)
Michael L. Davis ...
Policeman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Chuck Dorsett ...
Priest at funeral (uncredited)
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Madame Arouet (uncredited)
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Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
Charles Mulvehill ...
Hearse Salesman (uncredited)
Jerry Randall ...
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Bill Riddle ...
Graveside Mouner (uncredited)
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Man in Front of Maude at Funeral (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Erick Vinther ...
Student #2 (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Ashby

Written by

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Colin Higgins ... (written by)

Produced by

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Colin Higgins ... producer
Mildred Lewis ... executive producer
Charles Mulvehill ... producer (as Charles B. Mulvehill)

Cinematography by

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John A. Alonzo ... director of photography (as John Alonzo)

Film Editing by

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William A. Sawyer ... film editor
Edward Warschilka ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Sam Gemette ... editorial apprentice
Don Zimmerman ... editorial apprentice
Jack Davies ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Michael D. Haller ... (as Michael Haller)

Costume Design by

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William Ware Theiss ... (as William Theiss)

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Blondell ... hair stylist
Bob Stein ... make up
Rebecca White ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

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Wes McAfee ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael J. Dmytryk ... first assistant director (as Michael Dmytryk)
Robert Enrietto ... second assistant director

Art Department

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James Cane ... set dresser
Eugene Booth ... props (uncredited)
Stephen R. Ferry ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)

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A.D. Flowers ... special effects
Paul J. Lombardi ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Pamela Bebermeyer ... stunt double (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt co-ordinator (as Joe Hooker) / stunt double (as Joe Hooker)
Jerry Randall ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Ann Brebner ... casting: S.F. (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Andrea E. Weaver ... wardrobe supervisor (as Andrea Weaver)
Rosa Lazar ... costume fitter (uncredited)
Kirk Templeman ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ken Johnson ... music editor
Paul Samwell-Smith ... songs: recording supervised by
Cat Stevens ... composer: songs / performer: songs
Louise Di Tullio ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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)

Additional Crew

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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)
Robert Evans ... studio executive (uncredited)
Jan Haag ... intern (uncredited)
Boone Lodge ... stand-in (uncredited)
Susan Madigan ... stand-in: Ruth Gordon (uncredited)
Arnold H. Orgolini ... auditor (uncredited)
Julie Pitkanen ... script continuity (uncredited)
Bill Shur ... projectionist (uncredited)
Barbara Ulrich ... secretary: Hal Ashby (uncredited)
Arthur Wilde ... publicist (uncredited)
Sheila Woodland ... production secretary (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 experiences. Their friendship is initially based on how the other can further their own priority. But as Maude shows Harold how to truly live, Harold falls in love with her. Their relationship, already limited in time by the sheer math, is curtailed even more as Maude shows him only not how to live well, but die well. Written by Huggo

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Taglines They will defy everything you've ever seen or heard about screen lovers! [Video] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Harold et Maude (France)
  • Harold und Maude (Germany)
  • Harold y Maude (Spain)
  • Harold et Maude (Canada, French title)
  • Χάρολντ & Μωντ (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia After Maude and Harold steal the police officer's motorcycle, Bud Cort accidentally hit himself in the head with the shovel but just kept going for the sake of the shot. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Where Do the Children Play? See more »
Quotes [seagulls fly across the sky]
Maude: Dreyfus once wrote from Devil's Island that he would see the most glorious birds. Many years later in Brittany he realized they had only been seagulls... For me they will always be - *glorious* birds.
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