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Harold and Maude [1971] [DVD]


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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 (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063KM1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,625 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mills VINE VOICE on 24 Sep 2007
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec 2005
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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By talloulah@email.com on 1 May 2001
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. C. Schofield on 4 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Where do you start with this film, it works on so many levels.Colin Higgins script is bizarre, quirky,funny,poigant and carries an important message if you're going to get the most out of life.
The film is expertly directed by Hal Ashby who never lets his hand stray away from the tiller as he guides this story through the many changes of emphasise the script takes on.
I can't think of two better people to play the lead roles. Bud cort plays a young man who is obssessed with death as his poor long suffering mother tries desperately to get him to lead a normal life. Cort was a relative unknown when he took this role on but plays the part superbly,he captures Harolds eccentricities and at times disturbing strangeness very well, and knows just when to unfold Harold's character as he becomes more influenced by Maude.
Maude is played by Ruth Gordon ( Clint Eastwoods Mother in 'Every which way but loose'). Again Gordon is just a real treat in this movie. She plays the eccentric, dotty senoir citizen perfectly. She shows Harold that it doesn't matter what age you are but how you live it that makes you happy. Her scant disregard for the law and her love of life make a big impression on Harold and some of the scenes are just wonderful.I love the touching scene when Maude takes Harold back to her caravan and she sings a little song to him, so beautifully acted and directed.
I urge you to take a chance and buy this film, put it on and don't make your mind up after the first 20 minutes, keep watching and you'll be richly rewarded I'm sure.
In an age of action movies and CGI's galore it's great to see what you can do with a great script,fantastic directing and two great talents!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Truman on 5 Nov 2007
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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct 2002
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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