Harold and Maude Movie Review 1971

Information and Film Reviews for Harold and Maude the Movie

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Cult classic pairs Cort as a deadpan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide (his staged attempts are a highlight) and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral (a mutual hobby), and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective. The script was originally the 20-minute long graduate thesis of UCLA student Higgins, who showed it to his landlady, wife of film producer Lewis. Features music by the pre-Islamic Cat Stevens.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 92 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, Late Bloomin' Love, Suicide, Only the Lonely, Funerals, Dates from Hell, Bloody Messages, May-December Romance, 4 Bones
Colin Higgins
Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Cyril Cusack, Vivian Pickles, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, G(eorge) Wood, Gordon Devol
John A. Alonzo
Hal Ashby
Cat Stevens
Paramount Pictures


Natl. Film Reg. 1997.

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