Hired this due to recommendations below. Can see how it was well received in the 70's due to the dark humour, eccentricity and two people of different ages failing to conform. However today I found it a bit corny and wooden. The first DVD was faulty and jumped half way through it which detracted, I re ordered it and the second one did the same so I missed a section of the dialogue. Could not be bothered re ordering a third time . So maybe I missed something, if you order it don't expect too much & you may enjoy it.
Delightful. It's wonderful to be reminded that there once was a time when filmakers were allowed to actually create the film that they originally intended! So lovely to watch actors liberated by direction supportive enough to foster real characterisation. Even the cameos are great. Sigh.
It's a little dated, but you can see why it's a cult favourite.
It is not at all like the Graduate (don't even go there), it's about a meeting of the minds and challenges our idea about love.
Loved this film when I first saw it in my early teens in the early 70s. (What were my parents thinking taking me to see it?!) Have seen it a few times since but not for a while so approached with caution. Happy to report I still love this film. It is beautifully directed with sparse dialogue - the pauses say much more than a dozen words could. And the soundtrack really is fantastic. It was worth waiting for.
I love this movie. First saw it on late night tv in the 80's. I loved it then and I love it even more now. Worth every 5 Stars!
A life affirming cult classic, at times morose and morbid, but outrageously droll. If you can handle the fake suicides, dying obsessions and funeral fixations, the dark humour of this eccentric romance and coming of age comedy will delight you as it did me. Shy, joyless and a loner, deadpan Harold, 19, and gregarious, outlandish and free-spirited Maude, 79 are plainly opposites. However, like opposing poles of two magnets, they are pulled together in an unconventional bond, seeking to uncover life’s marvels and beauty. Director Hal Ashby uses their quirky affinity to promote the values of individuality over conformity, a transforming and liberating experience for Harold. Uplifting songs by Cat Stevens provide a genial score.
Nothing to say but masterpiece of comedy.
Amazing film, can't believe I missed this wonderful old film, as fresh as the time it was made.
i love this story and have always been disappointed the movie wasn't set in australia as per the book.
however, it's black little comedy with lots of lovely moments.
count me in as part of the cult, too!
Interesting study of disaffection. Compare with The Graduate.
This is my all time FAVOURITE! If you want to feel good about life then this black comedy if for you. This is a movie with a fantastic message....