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Cort is Harold, a young man bored with wealth but interested in death, and Gordon is Maude, a wonderful old lady who can see nothing but good intentions in the world.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 1-MAR-2004
Media Type: DVD
Black comedies don't come much blacker than this cult favorite from 1972, and they don't come much funnier, either. It seemed that director Hal Ashby was the perfect choice to mine a mother lode of eccentricity from the original script by Colin Higgins, about the unlikely romance between a death-obsessed 19-year-old named Harold (Bud Cort) and a life-loving 79-year-old widow named Maude (Ruth Gordon). They meet at a funeral, and Maude finds something oddly appealing about Harold, urging him to "reach out" and grab life by the lapels as opposed to dwelling morbidly on mortality. Harold grows fond of the old gal--she's a lot more fun than the girls his mother desperately matches him up with--and together they make Harold & Maude one of the sweetest and most unconventional love stories ever made. Much of the earlier humor arises from Harold's outrageous suicide fantasies, played out as a kind of twisted parlor game to mortify his mother, who's grown immune to her strange son's antics. Gradually, however, the film's clever humor shifts to a brighter outlook and finally arrives at a point where Harold is truly happy to be alive. Featuring soundtrack songs by Cat Stevens, this comedy certainly won't appeal to all tastes (it was a box-office flop when first released), but if you're on its quirky wavelength, it might just strike you as one of the funniest movies you've ever seen. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I first seen this movie in 2000. I have been on a quest all these many years to find it on vhs or dvd. I finally own it and am so happy.Published 8 months ago by ashley
Everyone should watch this at least once. Terrific movie, excellent soundtrack!Published 10 months ago by Catherine McNaughton
This movie is awesome, not only for it's dark humour, but also for the awesome soundtrack by Cat Stevens. To see the Jaguar hearse again was worth the purchase price alone! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Douglas
Harold and Maude is an old cult classic movie. The humour is both outrageous and subtle. it still works for me laugh.Published 11 months ago by carolyn burley
Loved this movie years ago. Wanted to share it with my teen and preteen sons. They thought it was amazing and have watched it again and refer to it often. A hidden gem!Published 13 months ago by JM