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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold (Bud Cort) is a morose young man who comes from an upscale family. His dad is deceased. Harold spends a lot of his time attempting suicide--attempts that his mother (Vivian Pickles) ignores because he does them so often. One day, he's engaged in conversation by an unconventional elderly woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon). He resists her efforts at friendship in the beginning, but she presses on, and he finds a kindred soul. Maude is spry and full of life. Harold falls in love with her, to the dismay of society in general.

This totally quirky story with its dark elements is ultimately life affirming. Ruth Gordon is utterly charming as Maude, a woman who seems to have always lived life on her own terms. Outside of being an actress, Ms. Gordon was also a writer. Ellen Geer, who would later appear on TV's "The Waltons" has a role, and Tom Skerritt who starred on "Picket Fences" is in this movie, too.

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