Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

Criterion Collection Edition #608

With the idiosyncratic American fable HAROLD AND MAUDE, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the emotional and romantic bond between a death-obsessed young man (Bud Cort) from a wealthy family and a devil-may-care, bohemian octogenarian (Ruth Gordon). Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude dissolves the line between darkness and light along with the ones that separate people by class, gender, and age, and it features indelible performances and a remarkable soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

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Harold and Maude
  • Harold and Maude

    Directed by Hal Ashby • 1971 • United States
    Starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

    With the idiosyncratic American fable HAROLD AND MAUDE, countercultural director Hal Ashby fashioned what would become the cult classic of its era. Working from a script by Colin Higgins, Ashby tells the story of the ...

Extras

  • HAROLD AND MAUDE Commentary

    This commentary, recorded in 2011, features Nick Dawson, author of Bring Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, and HAROLD AND MAUDE producer Charles B. Mulvehill.

  • Hal Ashby on HAROLD AND MAUDE

    These illustrated audio excerpts from a January 11, 1972, American Film Institute master seminar with director Hal Ashby feature the filmmaker's thoughts about Harold and Maude.

  • Colin Higgins on HAROLD AND MAUDE

    These illustrated audio excerpts from a January 10, 1979, American Film Institute master seminar with Colin Higgins feature the screenwriter's recollections of the writing and making of Harold and Maude.

  • Yusuf/Cat Stevens on HAROLD AND MAUDE

    In this interview, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2011, acclaimed singer-songwriter Yusuf/Cat Stevens discusses his landmark soundtrack for Harold and Maude.

  • Alan Cumming on HAROLD AND MAUDE