Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

DVD - 2012
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Countercultural director Hal Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age. The cult classic of its era, featuring indelible performances and a soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2012]
Edition: DVD special edition
ISBN: 9781604655728
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (36 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.)
digital, optical, mono, stereo, Dolby digital, rda
wide screen (1.85:1), rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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A must-see, one of the blackest comedies ever. The romance between the 20-year-old Cort, and Gordon at 79, disgusts some people, and if you're one of those people, well, you know who you are. You probably won't like the phony suicides either. The rest of us will enjoy it mightily. Highly recommended.

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Tamar0127
May 11, 2019

Quirky and compelling gem of a film, I loved it and wish I had not waited so many years to watch it. Better late than never!

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garycornell
Jan 25, 2019

With so many movies copying the same stale scripts you just might love this outrageously funny movie. Ruth Gordon will never have anyone who could even come close to playing her part with such brilliance. "Harold and Maude" took her from being a screenplay writer to a major star. When I feel like a good time at the movies, bring me a copy of "Harold and Maude"!

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ShawnObrienAllen
Jan 17, 2019

One of the Greatest movies of all time. I live my life by the Zen of Maude.

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strider643
Oct 25, 2018

This is one of the best movies of all time. Funny, poignant, engaging and wonderfully original. This is a must see and deserves repeated viewings. But on the other hand I can see how some people would hate it. To each their own.

LPL_KevinC Oct 16, 2018

I can't believe I put off watching this for so long. It's been in my movie periphery since I was a teenager but I’ve never given it any attention. Harold and Maude’s individual eccentricities keep them guarded from normal societal influences, but they have no defense for the gravitational pull of one another. I was completely sold after they each managed to crack through the other’s tough exterior to reveal their completely grounded insecurities. Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort are amazing together, and the Cat Stevens soundtrack is pretty fitting too.

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CarpeDeim
Jul 07, 2018

The first scene when we are introduced to the Harold character I truly thought he was a young boy. So innocent and naive with such a wide eyed stare and a baby face. It wasn't until later when I saw how tall he was standing next to others that I could believe he was a young man.
I mostly enjoyed this movie but there were a few things just too unbelievable that made it seem fake and insults the viewer's intelligence.
For one, all Harold's mock suicide attempts. There is no way Harold, or any human, can float around face down in a pool motionless for so long without some sort of breathing apparatus.
Or his 'Hari kari' (aka Seppuku) reenactment looked all too real... And all that blood!! Where did it come from? The girl watching then joins in the faux carnage, adding copious amounts of blood to the scene. Then walks in Harold's snobbish, society focused mother who's ho-hum exclamation is merely a mild agitation at Harold's repeated deviance from accepted social behavior.
The cop that chases, catches, loses them then nearly catches them again (repeat) is laughable at being such a bumbling buffoon. Too unbelievable as that would never, even slightly, happen in real life. The final time the cop catches them in their stolen vehicle, with a list of other offenses & thefts... why didn't he cuff em (didn't he have handcuffs?), why didnt he call it in or request backup since he's alone and they kept getting away?? No! None of that happens. He orders them each out of the car, then gets in the driver's seat as he proceeds to write up violations... WHAT COP DOES THAT?!?? Just too phoney. Next thing Maude & Harold jump on the cop's motorbike and speed off, burning rubber as Maude always does with her fast n loose dangerous driving escapades.
It is entertaining in a tongue in cheek kinda way. Same way that a cartoon is far from reality but it still entertains us. The Cat Stevens music throughout is very fitting.

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LotusDcr
Jun 20, 2018

I have loved this movie always for the off-beat characters, the theme of being yourself and the theme of continual personal growth

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 31, 2018

OK - not sure if it was just my mood last night, I was surprised this didn't work for me and I quit about half way through. Ruth Gordon WAS charming, though.

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 26, 2017

A great little dark comedy that's had a cult following since it's release. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon give great performances with a complimentary sound track by Cat Stevens. Vivien Pickels plays Harold's mother as a character that may hit too close to home for some that were similarly ignored as children, like Harold. His attempts to gain attention are far more extreme than tattoos and Mohawks......with great dark comedic affect.

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LukeEsola
Apr 29, 2019

"Consistency is not really a human trait."

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LukeEsola
Apr 29, 2019

"Don't get officious. You're not yourself when you're officious that's the curse of a government job."

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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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Jun 05, 2012

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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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