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Director: Hal Ashby     Starring: Bud Cort Ruth Gordon
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40167062
UPC: 097360804249
UPC 14: 00097360804249
Rating: Game Rating Code
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An outrageous tale of two loopy lovers that will change your ideas about romance forever.
Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, English, Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/16/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 91 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 080424
Video UPC UPC: 00097360804249
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bud Cort
Video Cast Info Vivian Pickles
Video Cast Info Cyril Cusack
Video Cast Info Ruth Gordon
Video Cast Info William Sawyer - Editor
Video Cast Info John A. Alonzo - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info A. D. Flowers - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Edward A. Warschilka - Editor
Video Cast Info William Ware Theiss - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Colin Higgins - Producer
Video Cast Info Cat Stevens - Composer
Video Cast Info Colin Higgins - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Michael Haller - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Charles B. Mulvehill - Producer
Video Cast Info Hal Ashby - Director
Plot Summary
This whimsical black comedy became a cult favorite, tapping into some inexplicable early 1970s zeitgeist. Harold is a rich teenager obsessed with slashed wrists, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, personal vivisection, drowning, hanging, and being burned alive--just to annoy his mother. Maude is a poor 79-year-old optimist who has a peerless affinity for all things living. Together they attend strangers' wakes and find in each other a most unlikely romantic partner.

Memorable Quotes

"You're so good with people."----Harold (Bud Cort)|"Aww, they're my species!"----Maude (Ruth Gordon)

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...An acquired taste, but connoisseurs will discover a supremely endearing love story..." 05/23/2003 p.28

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gordon,Ruth
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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