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Harold and Maude [1971] [DVD]

Ruth Gordon , Bud Cort , Hal Ashby    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner
  • Directors: Hal Ashby
  • Writers: Colin Higgins
  • Producers: Charles Mulvehill, Colin Higgins, Mildred Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KM1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Black comedies don't come much blacker than cult favourite, Harold and Maude (1972), and they don't come much funnier either. It seems that director Hal Ashby was the perfect choice to mine a load of eccentricity from the original Colin Higgins script, about the unlikely romance between a death-obsessed 19-year-old named Harold (Bud Cort) and a life-loving 79-year-old widow named Maude (Ruth Gordon). They meet at a funeral, and Maude finds something oddly appealing about Harold, urging him to "reach out" and grab life by the lapels as opposed to dwelling morbidly on mortality. Harold grows fond of the old gal--she's a lot more fun than the girls his mother desperately tries to match him up with- -and together they make Harold and Maude one of the sweetest and most unconventional love stories ever made. Much of the early humour arises from Harold' s outrageous suicide fantasies, played out as a kind of twisted parlour game to mortify his mother, who has grown immune to her strange son's antics. Gradually, however, the film's clever humour shifts to a brighter outlook and finally arrives at a point where Harold is truly happy to be alive. Featuring soundtrack songs by Cat Stevens, this comedy certainly won't appeal to all tastes (it was a box-office flop when first released), but if you're on its quirky wavelength, it might just strike you as one of the funniest films you've ever seen. --Jeff Shannon,

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A repressed and eccentric young man, fixated on death and funerals, meets a much older eccentric woman who teaches him the joy of li ving.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is something else 7 Dec 2005
By A Customer
I saw this film by mistake a few years ago and it completely changed how I see things. It was made for a different generation than mine (I'm 21), but I think the world would be a better place if everyone my age saw it. It's the only film I could watch an infinate number of times, in fact I always put it on when I'm not feeling my best - and even when I am! Hal Ashby is a god for making this. It's more than a film, it's a lesson in life.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark and very funny. An extreme work 23 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Briefly, Harold and Maude is an early seventies film waking up from the hangover at the end of the sixties. It's a highly creative and well crafted account of a bizarre set of relationships between Harold (Bud Cort), death (Goths will like this bit!), cars (E-Type Jaguar hearse), his rich and societal mother and a fabulously delinquent senior citizen Maude (Ruth Gordon).
You'll either find it sick or inciteful, adolescent or poignant. It's one of my favourite films of all time and has the added benefit a lovable Cat Stevens sound track.
Watch this film and start to understand the diversity and creativity that underpinned the seventies arts scene.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little black comedy 24 Sep 2007
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
I hadn't seen this for 20 years, and its broad black humour is even funnier than I remembered. It's a subversive little story of a morbid youth in love with an old and slightly bonkers woman, who is nonetheless younger than him on the inside. Although Maude is nearing death, it's Harold who needs saving, so their relationship is a bittersweet passing-on of the joy of life. Original and memorable.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Harold is a very confused young man, who attends funerals in his spare time. Maud is a very old lady, who has such a joy for life, you immediately love her. When they meet at a funeral the story is set.
Maud teaches Harold how to enjoy life and that it is there to be lived. She pulls some wonderful stunts and it leaves you wanting to go out and do what she is doing now before you get to her age. It also makes you realise that life is there for the taking and to be grabbed by the throat and lived to the full.
Although it should be a sad ending, it gives you hope and makes you wonder at life and love.
It is a wonderful film, full of fun, laughter and joy and a must for anyone who loves to see life from a different point of view.
It also has a wonderful sound track by Cat Stevens, which fits is ideally with the mood of the film.
Things to watch out for are at the very start of the film when Harolds mother is trying to pair him off and his numerous (non serious) attempts at suicide.
A lovely, warm film suitable for all.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Manson is nothing new! 31 Dec 2004
I have just watched this film for the first time because I was bored and had nothing else to watch. OH MY GOD! This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
There is no doubt that at times it is essentially very macabre, however, it is ultimately a love story, that leaves you with a warm glow.
Although an American film, it has an eccentric British feel about it, and an excellent soundtrack too.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest film ever! 5 Nov 2007
By Truman
I'll be the first to admit that in some ways this film hasn't aged well. It was filmed in the early seventies and looks every bit it's age. But underneath the rough exterior, there's a fantastic film here - one that's funny, moving, intelligent and downright weird in places. Yes, the story is about a 20-year old man/boy falling in love with a 79-year old woman, but what's so remarkable about this film is that it's done is such a wonderful way. It's not disgusting, or creepy, or sick - it's love, which is never wrong, just sometimes strane. The film is full of fantastic little touches that a less-compentent director might have messed up, but Hal Ashby was a director who understood film and he doesn't put a foot wrong here. The film also has a fantastic soundtrack made up of Cat Stevens songs, and if you're not humming the tune for "If you want to sing out" at the end, then I pity you. Harold and Maude is everything you could possibly hope for in a film - PLEASE buy it!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harold and Maude, strangely joyful 4 Mar 2005
By A Customer
this is a must watch film.
beautifully shot, beautifully acted and best of all will leave you feeling happy to be alive and excited by the possibilities of tomorrow.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harold and Maude for King and Queen! 8 Feb 2007
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
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I really love this film. Its in my top 5 all-time favourite films. I will still be watching in in years to come....its that good. And think about it, how many films nowadays are there you could watch even twice? Maybe the Cat Stevens music has a lot to do with it. Its just so uplifting, positive and very, very funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the maddest films I have ever seen... and one of the best!!!
Superb plot and script, great acting, and really on its own! The maddest film I have seen since "Lars and the Real Girl", and at the same extremely high level!
Published 5 hours ago by J. L. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Still stylish & fun.
Its black humour, ascerbic and haunting still pulls. heavily censored when I saw it in Cape Town the year it came out, mind you the UK restrictions were not THAT much better. Read more
Published 9 days ago by E M Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Love Story
This is a film I have seen many times. Its very "quirky" and not everyone's cup of tea, but I love it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Annie Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film but the DVD is nothing special
Hello, the film itself is a classic, great performances, quirky dark sense of humour and brave subject. Highly recommended to all Wes Anderson fans. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gondry
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy thats criminally forgotten.
Really brilliant dark comedy to explain more then is stated in the story description would spoil the film - Cat Steven soundtrack and the fact it won a Oscar says give it a go - it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spacecadet
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Gordon & Bud Cort are amazing
A classic piece of early 70's cinema, sound track by Cat Stevens, again a comedy worth watching, so why not own your own copy.
Published 1 month ago by Ray Majors
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish film
I was recommended the film by a friend but found it boring and not in the least funny. Don't buy iy?
Published 1 month ago by Roger Sussex
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love it!
What a wonderful, quirky film. Not what I initially expected but amusing (the daydreaming scenes are hysterical) and heartwarming. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pickle
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't laugh your head off, you must be dead
This, along with the truly wonderful "Entertaining Mr Sloan" is one of the funniest films with 'bad taste' or slightly 'dodgy' subject matter. I loved it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caro on the couch
2.0 out of 5 stars A Strange And Boring Affair.
If you like Cat Stevens, which I do, this alone will be a film which you'll get something from, (just due to the soundtrack). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richie77777
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