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Directed by Hal Ashby

United States 1971 91 mins.

A classic of the much-mythologized New American Cinema of the 1970s, Harold and Maude follows Harold (Bud Cort), a moneyed yet death-obsessed 19-year-old, and Maude (Ruth Gordon), a lively 79-year-old, who fall in love after meeting at a stranger’s funeral. Harold can’t enjoy life; his mother (Vivian Pickles) forces him into dates with women his own age, but he finds increasingly creative ways to shrug them off. Through a series of off-the-wall teachings, Maude shows Harold what it means to be happy and how to make the most of life. But as this unconventional relationship blooms and Harold announces his intention to marry Maude, one of her firmly held beliefs threatens to cut short their time together.



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