Harold and Maude

Director: Hal Ashby
Screenwriters: Colin Higgins

Institute History

  • 2010 Sundance Film Festival


Harold is young, rich, and obsessed with death, especially his own, which he persists in staging in new and ingenious ways, mostly to get the attention of his haughty, self-involved mother. Maude is 50 years older, an iconoclastic free spirit determined to live each day to the fullest. Her energy and optimism are infectious. What could the two possibly have in common besides a penchant for crashing funerals?

Hal Ashby’s offbeat comedy about a highly unlikely romance turned few heads when it appeared in 1971 but quickly evolved into a cult classic. One reason is certainly the acting. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon (who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance) are delightful together, and nobody plays rich and snobby better than Vivian Pickles. But perhaps a stronger reason is the underlying message: no matter how bizarre it appears to others, when two people find each other, that little miracle has the power to transform both their lives. Thanks to Paramount Pictures for making the print available for this screening.

— Barbara Bannon

Screening Details

As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]