Very rare first release original Australian Daybill movie poster for Harold and Maude. The film is an American romantic dark comedy directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama, with a plot that revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold (played by Bud Cort) intrigued with death. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops quite a strong and close friendship and eventually a romantic relationship with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon) who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all.The film was based on a screenplay written by Colin Higgins and published as a novel in 1971. Critically and commercially unsuccessful when originally released, the film has since developed a cult following and in 1983 began making a profit.