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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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CastBud Cort, Cyril Cusack, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles, G. Wood
DirectorHal 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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review by . March 18, 2008
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Pros: Plot, general story, music is fantastic, acting is pretty good      Cons: The suspension of disbelief is harder at now than it was 20 years ago      The Bottom Line: This is a cult classic. Apparently very different for different cults. It is special and personal to me, so this opinion will be more biased.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      I ask to be obliged …
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