Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

DVD - 2000
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A black comedy about a rich, disturbed, young man, fascinated with death and funerals, who has an affair and a series of adventures with an eccentric and independent 80-year-old woman.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, c2000
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780792165071
0792165071
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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List - MOVIES: 70's comedies
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(1972)


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strider643
Jul 05, 2017

All time classic! One of the best films ever made. Funny, outrageous, sad and poignant. Not for everyone's taste but I think it's a real cinematic gem. If you're looking for another Hal Ashby gem try Being There which is a also a classic.

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Persnickety77
Jul 26, 2016

This is a deal breaker movie for me: if you don't love it, we shouldn't be friends. It's lovely, heart-warming, and truly celebrates life, love, and the beauty of being yourself. I hope to be as carefree and amazing as Maude one day - though I will avoid her driving habits :)

LPL_MollyW May 27, 2016

This is the quirkiest, most morbid, delightfully weird romance set to an amazing soundtrack by Cat Stevens. A must-watch cult classic.

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JihadiConservative
May 04, 2016

Disturbing and gross. It's a romance story between a 20 year old man and an 80 year old woman. Every time they kissed I found myself looking away and gaging. Skip it.

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Cas22
Feb 04, 2016

By far the best thing about this 1971 cult movie is the Cat Stevens’ soundtrack. I know there are many movie buffs who love this film but, for me, it is dated, stilted and a bit too weird. There are some memorable moments e.g. Harold’s futile attempts to attract his mother’s attention by staging a series of mock suicides, but these are not enough to redeem the overall film.

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schwartz1964
Feb 03, 2016

I love this movie!

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MadameMoonfly
Jul 30, 2015

Cute. Dated. Not disturbing. Not great.

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DollyWannaCracker
Jul 28, 2015

An interesting, disturbing movie. I found it very unorthodox, almost disgusting at some parts. Even though it had to be the most unusual movie I have ever seen, it was on of the most thought provoking.

Fantastic acting by both Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, but particularly from Cort. It would take quite a bit of skill to be able to play perturbed Harold which such finesse.

However, I must add that I did not appreciate Maude's "hippie" way of thinking. It was a little obnoxious at times. She had obviously influenced so much so that Harold was dancing in the hills playing Cat Stevens on his banjo after she passed.

Most of this movie I couldn't quite understand, but the parts I did, I enjoyed. I know I won't watch this movie ever again, but it was an experience.

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JackPurcell
May 04, 2015

For those who recognize that death's just not that big a deal and don't see the need to dance the funeral director waltz when the subject comes up this movie will almost certainly be refreshing.

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wiredonjava
Apr 14, 2015

WHAT THE FLICK!?!

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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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pronto1961
Mar 06, 2013

harold: maude, they're going to draft me.
maude: well, don't go.
harold: they'll put me in jail.
maude: well, historically, you'll be in good company.

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pronto1961
Mar 06, 2013

harold: maude, do you pray?
maude: pray? no. I communicate.

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pronto1961
Mar 06, 2013

harold: I certainly am picking up on vices.
maude: it's best not to be too moral. you miss out on too much life.

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rumplestiltskin
May 23, 2012

"Oh how the world so dearly loves a cage!" -Maude

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Apr 14, 2013

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Saint_Mirin
Jun 05, 2012

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jimg2000
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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