Harold and Maude

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Harold and Maude

Like Bob Rafelson, a director similarly obsessed with the trials and tribulations of the children of the rich, Ashby forever treads the thin line between whimsy and absurdity and 'tough' sentimentality and black comedy. Harold and Maude is the story of a rich teenager (Cort) obsessed with death - his favourite pastime is trying out different mock suicides - who is finally liberated by his (intimate) friendship with Ruth Gordon, an 80-year-old funeral freak. It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hal Ashby
Screenwriter: Colin Higgins
Cast: Cyril Cusack
Bud Cort
Charles Tyner
Vivian Pickles
Ellen Geers
Ruth Gordon