Buy the video tape of Harold and Maude, 1971, with Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon, directed by Hal Ashby, written by Colin Higgins, original music by Cat Stevens, Cinematography by John Alonzo.

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Harold and Maude (1971)

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I always tell people that Harold and Maude is the reason I asked my wife to marry me.   We'd lived together for 5 years when I saw Harold and Maude again--for the first time in a while.  I'd forgotten that at the heart of this black comedy was a love story.  This script, reportedly written by a pool cleaner, with no formal script writing training, reaches into your heart and drags out the realization that love is blind.  Harold, who is obsessed with death and destruction, finds beauty in life and the world through Maude.  She opens his eyes to the beauty of nature while ridiculing the rules of a homocentric world.  Beauty, Harold realizes, is not in the eyes of the beholder so much as it is in everything, no matter how small or insignificant.  In one scene, Harold remarks that all the flowers look the same.  "But they're not," Maude urges him.  "They're all different."  And therein lies the beauty of a busy world.  Everything is beautiful, if we just take the time to look.  Hal Ashby's genious as a director shines with this quirky script that wastes not a line while taking on huge social and political concepts with the playfullness of 80 year old Maude who teaches 20 something Harold how to be a kid again.  My advice?  Watch it, then live it! --Scott Supak, BMP

This hugely popular cult hit from 1973 stars Bud Cort as an oddball young man named Harold who resorts to fake, elaborate suicides to get his rich mother's attention (unsuccessfully so). While attending the funerals of complete strangers for the heck of it, Harold meets a kindred spirit in the octogenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon), with whom he finds perfect compassion, companionship, intimacy, and finally a good reason to celebrate the living. Directed by Hal Ashby, the film is a pure, quirky delight that struck a strong core with audiences just beginning to look for alternative Hollywood fare at the time. Several set pieces, especially a few of Harold's more macabre and well-organized displays of self-destruction, are hilarious. Gordon went on to a nice career in character parts until her passing, while Cort, despite earning enormous affection from audiences for his part here, has been only sporadically seen. Harold and Maude remains one of those happy accidents of right cast, right story and director, and right timing for audiences. With a wonderful score of Cat Stevens songs. --Tom Keogh, Amazon


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