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......more
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.
The taboo relationship between Harold and Maude, created by screenwriter Colin Higgins, embodied the spirit of an experimental generation guided by the mantra "If it feels good, do it." The love affair between the film's two eccentrics remains one of Hollywood's most unexpected, but tender, romances. The soundtrack, with songs by Cat Stevens, provides an effective thematic bridge as Harold crosses from extended adolescence into manhood.
A quirky movie yet very good too! My son introduced us to it and we are buying it as one of his gifts. I know he will like it. I recommend to anyone looking for a movie that again is a bit quirky but about being an individual and about accepting others.
What a great film. I saw this when I was a teenager and was intrigued. The relationship between Harold and his mother is distant and he tries to win her attention by commiting fake deaths.She thinks he needs to get married and settle down so she sets him up with 3 blind dates that don't go so well. In the mean time he meets Maude who shows him that life should be lived to it's fullest and to keep pressing on even when you are at a dark time in life.The story and music are fantastic and reminds us that love comes in all shapes, sizes and AGES.
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