1971 Certificate: 15


Death-fixated, 20-year-old Harold (Bud Cort) and eccentric 79-year-old Maude (Ruth Gordon) strike up an unlikely relationship when they meet at a funeral. This pitch-black comedy from Hal Ashby features Harold attempting suicide in front of three prospective wives set up by his mother. Thirty-odd years on, it still has the power to shock and offend just about anyone.


  • Hal Ashby


  • Ruth Gordon

  • Bud Cort

  • Cyril Cusack

  • Vivian Pickles


This extremely black comedy about the relationship between a death-obsessed young man and an elderly woman is often very funny and has something to offend almost everyone.

The youth's series of staged suicides is particularly amusing, especially when dismissed by his harridan of a mother, who finds him hanging himself from the ceiling of his room and remarks that:

"I suppose you think that's very funny."

It's one of a kind.