Harold and Maude

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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Actors: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Everyone laughs. The CAMERA BEGINS PULLING BACK and

PANNING past the guests till we come to Harold sitting

morosely at the other end of the table. He listlessly toys

with his food as his mother continues.


Of course, Harold's father had a

similar sense of the absurd. I

remember once in Paris he stepped

out for cigarettes and the next I

hear he's arrested for floating

nude down the Seine - experimenting

in river currents with a pair of

yellow rubber water wings. Well,

that cost quite a little bit of

"enfluence" and "d'argent" to

hush up, I can tell you. Harold,

dear, stop playing with your food.

Don't you feel well?


(looks up and


I have a sore throat.


Well, I want you to go to bed

directly after dinner. You know

how susceptible you are to colds.

Harold has always been a delicate

child. Even as a baby he seemed

to be abnormally prone to illness

- Harold, dear, eat up your beets...


He begins eating as his mother goes on.

MRS. CHASEN (o.s.)

I remember when we were in Tokyo

I had to call my brother Victor

at the embassy for a doctor. He

was serving there as Army attach�...




Mrs. Chasen sitting before her vanity table, humming to

herself as she readies herself for bed. She wears a night-

gown, a cover for her hair, and she has just finished

putting on several different face creams. She gets up,

walks over to the bathroom, and opens the door. Blood is

everywhere -- on the walls, the floor, the mirror - and in

the tub is Harold, his throat slit and his wrists dripping

blood onto the razor on the tile floor. The effect is one

of instant shock. Mrs. Chasen screams and backs up in

horror. Sobbing hysterically, she clutches her robe about

her and rushes from the room crying.

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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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