Harold and Maude script
Synopsis: Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.

MRS. CHASEN

Oh! No! Oh! No! I can't stand

it. My God! This is too much.

This is too much to bear!...

The CAMERA WATCHES Mrs. Chasen run off and then swings back

to Harold in the tub.

11CLOSEUP - HAROLD

We hold on his wretched face as his mother's hysterical

cries are heard in the background. Harold moves his head

and listens. He breaks into a sly, satisfied grin.

12INT. PSYCHIATRIST'S OFFICE - DAY

Harold is lying on a couch, perfectly relaxed. The

PSYCHIATRIST, less so, is seated by him.

PSYCHIATRIST:

Tell me, Harold, how many of

these, eh, suicides have you

performed?

HAROLD:

(pause)

An accurate number would be

difficult to gauge.

PSYCHIATRIST:

And why is that?

HAROLD:

Well, some worked out better than

others - some had to be abandoned

in the planning stages - do you

include the first time? - then

there's the question of maiming...

PSYCHIATRIST:

Just give me a rough estimate.

HAROLD:

Well, a rough estimate... I'd say

fifteen.

PSYCHIATRIST:

Fifteen.

HAROLD:

A rough estimate.

PSYCHIATRIST:

And were they all done for your

mother's benefit?

HAROLD:

(thoughtful pause)

I wouldn't say "benefit."

PSYCHIATRIST:

No, I suppose not. How do you

feel about your mother?

13INSERT - STOCK

A giant steel ball on a demolition crane crashes into a

brick wall collapsing it with much noise and dust.

DISSOLVE TO:

14EXT. THE CHASEN POOLSIDE - DAY

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Colin Higgins

Colin Higgins (28 July 1941 – 5 August 1988) was an Australian-American screenwriter, actor, director, and producer. He was best known for writing the screenplay for the 1971 film Harold and Maude, and for directing the films Foul Play (1978) and 9 to 5 (1980). He is not to be confused with a British actor of the same name who is known to Star Wars trivia buffs as "Fake Wedge" and who died in December 2012. more…

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