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Harold and Maude [1971] [DVD]

Ruth Gordon , Bud Cort , Hal Ashby    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KM1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,637 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, Amazon.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little black comedy 24 Sep 2007
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
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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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
Format:DVD
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.
Jab
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is something else 7 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest film ever! 5 Nov 2007
By Truman
Format:DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How odd! But still hypnoyically brilliant. 28 Oct 2003
By Paolo
Format:VHS Tape
Well! i don't quite know what inspired me to buy this video, but it has to be one of the best decisions I ever made. ( Not least because i now have a favourite film that nobody in my generation - 19 - has heard of. )
The film asks a lot of you. It makes you question the boudaries of love and whether they actually exist. It invites you to laugh at the dark side of things and the playful mock-suicides of Harold, as well as the pure energy and joy of Maude's view on life. It leaves you inspired by the union of two completely different people. It basically does everything a movie should.
The music fits the movie perfectly, and the characters are so wondefully crafted that you find yourself laughing at them without knowing why. Like Harold's mother constantly trying to set him up, and answering a dating questionaire for him. That said, the film is covered in very black overtones, which make it moving and mysterious.
A masterpiece.
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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
Format:DVD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 years on 18 Dec 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film when it was first released and never forgot it. For years it was out of print and unavilable no matter where I tried. To finally get it at last and to find that the story was as good today as it was all those years ago, is proof as to how timeless the story is. True Love is all that matters is what this film is about, not age or physical differances or anything else can stop it, true love overcomes everything. A film that makes you think about the human spirit, love, old age and death. One of the great love stories of film history. You will not be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & hilarious
Beautiful and hilarious
Published 1 day ago by AllTenToes
3.0 out of 5 stars quirky and fun.
Weird, quirky and fun.
Published 3 days ago by E. Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Love Film
between Harold a teenager and Maude old enough to be his grandmother, but a real hand full, who brought Harold out of his morbid ways. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Oscar Freak
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for all black comedy fans with a penchant for big American...
Typically quirky early '70s American black comedy but with a twist. Strangely timeless due mainly to the excellent Ruth Gordon's delightful dottiness with Bud Cort providing an... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Dale Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic masterpiece!
Fantastic film. If you have a dry sense of humour and are open minded like me , then you will love this film. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Miss J Gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, sensitive, funny and genuine
This is a terrific comedy but also a sensitive and occasionally very moving gentle drama. I'm not too different from Harold myself as we share the same 'issues' i.e. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mystery Martian
5.0 out of 5 stars Tongue firmly in cheek.
Not really credible, but an enjoyable romp nonetheless. Ruth Gordon as always steals the show. P
Published 1 month ago by Padon
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy must watch
This is one of my favourite films. If you enjoy dark comedy yet haven't yet watched it, watch it.
Published 1 month ago by CoffeeandCake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is simply a very beautiful movie which I wanted to have in my collection
Published 1 month ago by P. A. Macedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quirky film!
Worth watching as funny and poignant. None of the characters are comfortable but there's something likeable about all of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RL
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