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Film: Harold and Maude

"A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They're just backing away from life. Reach out. Take a chance. Get hurt even. But play as well as you can. Go team, go! Give me an L. Give me an I. Give me a V. Give me an E. L-I-V-E. LIVE! Otherwise, you got nothing to talk about in the locker room.''

Harold and Maude is a 1971 film by Hal Ashby which follows the exploits of Harold, a teenager whose primary interests include attending random funerals, driving around in a hearse and staging gory and over-the-top suicides for his domineering mother. He meets a sparky 79 year-old woman named Maude who shares his interest in attending funerals, and though apparently his diametric opposite, finds a kindred spirit in her.

The film is now predominantly remembered for its May-December Romance as well as a memorable soundtrack by Cat Stevens, who worked closely with director Ashby. However, it has gone on to secure itself a place as a classic Romantic Comedy, and has gone on to influence people such as Wes Anderson, the Farrelly Brothers and other purveyors of cinematic quirk.

Not to be confused with just Maude, and unrelated to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

This Film Contains Examples of:

The Harder They ComeDanny Peary Cult Movies ListHouse of Wax (1953)
Goodbye Uncle TomFilms of the 1970sThe Hospital
How the West Was WonUsefulNotes/National Film RegistryMean Streets
Hands Up!Creator/ParamountHeaven Can Wait (1978)
MoonstruckAFIS 10 Top 10 Sleepless In Seattle
A Hard Day's NightCreator/The Criterion CollectionHausu

alternative title(s): Harold And Maude
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