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“An eccentric boy who likes to stage his own death falls in love with an eccentric old woman. A match made in heaven.”
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Harold and Maude
Harold and Maude
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In the days before home video, when access to anything but first-run Hollywood movies was limited to repertory houses and college film societies, Hal Ashby's HAROLD AND MAUDE achieved cult status and became a surprise hit. In a broad sense, the film is a simple love story about how opposites attract--only, this time around, he's 19 and she's 79. Harold, played with deadpan humor by Bud Cort (M*A*S*H), is under extreme pressure from his overbearing mother, Mrs. Chasen (Vivian Pickles, in a performance that is a sheer delight), to enter the dating world. Unfortunately, the shy and morose Harold would rather spend his time attending the funerals of complete strangers. It is at one of these where he meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), who has the spunk and energy of a teenager. Maude is convinced that Harold needs to come out of his shell and enjoy life, so she brings him into hers. <br> <br> The taboo relationship between Harold and Maude, created by screenwriter Colin Higgins, embodied the spirit of an experimenta...
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Director: Hal Ashby
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 1971
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: Paramount Home Entertainment (June 27, 2000)
Runtime: 1hr 31min
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