Harold and Maude (1971)


Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon play one of cinema’s most unusual but endearing couples in Harold and Maude, a delightfully twisted romantic comedy from Hal Ashby. Harold is a rich, sheltered boy obsessed with death, and Maude is a carefree spirit with an overwhelming zest for life. Once they hook up, wacky adventures and life lessons follow. Colin Higgins’ screenplay never approaches sentiment or cheese, so the emotional rewards of the film come honest and true. Cat Stevens provides a terrific soundtrack, including the wonderfully simplistic but profound anthem, “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”. Harold and Maude is a cult classic that keeps on collecting fans. If you haven’t seen it yet, I dare you not to like it.

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