Harold and Maude

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1971 Hal Ashby film based on the novel by Colin Higgins in which Harold, a wealthy young boy who attends funerals for fun and constantly stages his own suicides in an attempt to get his mother's attention, meets Maude, a 79-year-old woman who is very much his opposite: energetic, impulsive, and light-hearted. The two form an unlikely friendship.

The film is number 45 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Funniest Movies. It features Bud Cort as Harold and Ruth Gordon as Maude; the soundtrack is by Cat Stevens, containing many songs which he composed specifically for the movie and which were unavailable for several decades on vinyl or cassette (they were later released on the CD Footsteps in the Dark). In 1997 the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.