Harold and Maude

Release Date: December 20th, 1971

DVD Release Date: June 27th, 2000

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Cult classic pairs Cort as a dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.

Cast: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Cyril Cusack, Vivian Pickles, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, Judy Engles

Director: Hal Ashby

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Emotional, Dark, Hospital, Love, Death, Mother, Transformation, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

    The effortless depiction of their growing camaraderie and unconscious courtship is one of Harold and Maude‘s great charms, as Ashby and screenwriter Colin Higgins transpose fading ideology into boundless truth across a modest framework of pitch-black exposition and glowingly pastoral aesthetic touches. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    The movie is a paean to outsiders and reckless love. show more

  • 80

    You may find yourself passing a very enjoyable couple of hours with the oddest of odd couples.  show more

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Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy