Harold, the 20-year-old son of a wealthy, neglectful woman, tries to gain attention for himself with various hilariously staged “suicides.” Obsessed with death, Harold meets a like-minded 79-year-old woman named Maude. Harold and Maude become inseparable friends, both helping each other out of various personal travails.
A box-office flop and a critical pariah upon its original release — the Variety review famously asserted that the film had “all the fun and gaiety of a burning orphanage” — Hal Ashby’s outrageous black comedy has become a beloved cult classic. Taking the ’60s-style celebration of kooky, anti-Establishment outsiders to extremes, HAROLD AND MAUDE recounts the blooming relationship between the title twosome, a 20-year-old child of privilege (Bud Cort) who revolts against his castrating mother by staging elaborate fake suicides, and an 80-year-old free spirit (Ruth Gordon) who teaches the macabre lad to live for the moment.
Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7:30 PM
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