Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

DVD - 2012
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Countercultural director Hal Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age. The cult classic of its era, featuring indelible performances and a soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

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smatte
Mar 10, 2021

This is a quirky, VERY 1970s dramedy about a wealthy young man and a 79-year-old spinster falling for each other through a shared obsession with death and a longing for freedom. The morbid humor and unorthodox romance may be off-putting for some viewers, but the Cat Stevens soundtrack and universal truths about the nature of existence revealed in the script's dialogue are transcendentally beautiful and infinitely moving.

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mrb1987
Mar 04, 2021

i've seen this movie on vhs back in the 2000's. truly crazy movie with it's suicide hangings, death scenes,etc.very crazy movie.very difficult to watch.plus it has a soundtrack from cat stevens.

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iloveseaotters
Oct 03, 2020

I'd never seen this movie before and watching it for the first time all I could think was that the lead actor looks a lot like Elijah Wood. The storyline of the friendship between the two leads was nice but then it got kind of creepy as their relationship progressed. Very funny scenes throughout, however and both "Harold" and "Maude" were very good performers. It doesn't feel like a movie that was made in 1971, which I guess is a good thing. LOVED the music of Cat Stevens. That was probably my favorite thing of all.

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victoriadouglas135
Apr 17, 2020

Such a unique film

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VonHafenstaaad
Feb 26, 2020

Everyone should see this film at least once.

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jinwonK
Feb 25, 2020

*** I wish I had seen this movie earlier in my life *** Every sentence point to humanistic connections and dilemmas. Too bad the movie were met with harsh critics when released. Stemmed from righteousness and bullhead and prejudgement, which cannot hear and think beyond the lines - The whole stories contain far more important messages than oversimplified quick-judgment of 20 yrs and 80 yrs-old romance.
Released in 1971, 49 years later still convey right-on messages and still FUNNY.
Harold and Maude is must-see timeless movie.

🖤 A must-see, one of the blackest comedies ever. The romance between the 20-year-old Cort, and Gordon at 79, disgusts some people, and if you're one of those people, well, you know who you are. You probably won't like the phony suicides either. The rest of us will enjoy it mightily. Highly recommended.

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garycornell
Jan 25, 2019

With so many movies copying the same stale scripts you just might love this outrageously funny movie. Ruth Gordon will never have anyone who could even come close to playing her part with such brilliance. "Harold and Maude" took her from being a screenplay writer to a major star. When I feel like a good time at the movies, bring me a copy of "Harold and Maude"!

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strider643
Oct 25, 2018

This is one of the best movies of all time. Funny, poignant, engaging and wonderfully original. This is a must see and deserves repeated viewings. But on the other hand I can see how some people would hate it. To each their own.

LPL_KevinC Oct 16, 2018

I can't believe I put off watching this for so long. It's been in my movie periphery since I was a teenager but I’ve never given it any attention. Harold and Maude’s individual eccentricities keep them guarded from normal societal influences, but they have no defense for the gravitational pull of one another. I was completely sold after they each managed to crack through the other’s tough exterior to reveal their completely grounded insecurities. Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort are amazing together, and the Cat Stevens soundtrack is pretty fitting too.

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LukeEsola
Apr 29, 2019

"Consistency is not really a human trait."

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LukeEsola
Apr 29, 2019

"Don't get officious. You're not yourself when you're officious that's the curse of a government job."

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2014

From IMDb: Maude: I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and simple. What flower would you like to be?

Harold: I don't know. One of these, maybe.

Maude: Why do you say that?

Harold: Because they're all alike.

Maude: Oooh, but they're *not*. Look. See, some are smaller, some are fatter, some grow to the left, some to the right, some even have lost some petals. All *kinds* of observable differences. You see, Harold, I feel that much of the world's sorrow comes from people who are *this*,

[she points to a daisy]

Maude: yet allow themselves be treated as *that*.

[she gestures to a field of daisies]

Maude: [cut to a shot of a field of gravestones in a military cemetery]

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Apr 14, 2013

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Jun 12, 2014

Self-destructive and needy but wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed with death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolition of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get the attention of his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchic seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him. Meanwhile, his mother enlists him in a dating service and tries to force him to join the army. On the day of Maude's eightieth birthday, Harold proposes to her but he finds the truth about life at the end of hers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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