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Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic black comedy drama directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures.


A dead-pan disillusioned 20-year-old (Bud Cort) obsessed with suicide and a loveable Gordon as a fun-loving 80-year-old eccentric (Ruth Gordon). They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the tired theme of the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.


  • Ruth Gordon as Dame Marjorie "Maude" Chardin
  • Bud Cort as Harold Parker Chasen
  • Vivian Pickles as Mrs. Chasen
  • Cyril Cusack as Glaucus
  • Charles Tyner as General Victor Ball
  • Eric Christmas as the Priest
  • George Wood as Harold's Psychiatrist
  • Ellen Geer as Sunshine Doré
  • Judy Engles as Candy Gulf
  • Shari Summers as Edith Phern
  • Tom Skerritt (credited as "M. Borman") as Motorcycle officer