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Harold and Maude

Released 1971
Distributor Paramount

About Harold and Maude

Director Hal Ashby’s quirky comedy about the May-December romance of a death-obsessed young man and his 79-year old inamorata was shunned by critics and crowds alike upon its 1971 release but has since gained traction as a memorable cult item. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon (still coasting on her newfound popularity in Rosemary’s Baby) are fine in this Odd Couple take on Romeo and Juliet.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.