A scene from the 1971 comedy Harold and Maude, written by Colin Higgins.
Setup: Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. Here he goes on a… ‘date’.
He takes one off the wall. HAROLD (continuing) This one is particularly interesting. It's a hari-kari blade. SUNSHINE Ohhh. What's hari-kari? HAROLD An ancient Japanese ceremony. SUNSHINE Like a tea ceremony? HAROLD No. Like this. With gusto he plunges the knife into his belly. He drops to his knees bleeding profusely. He continues the upper- cut and sidecut gouging with appropriate Oriental screams. He stops and tumbles forward - lifeless. Sunshine stands in awe. She slowly bends down. SUNSHINE Oh, that was marvelous, Harold. It had the ring of truth. Harold... Who did you study with? ... Oh, I'm sorry. I don't want to break into your private moment. I know how exhausting true emotion can be. I played Juliet at the Sunshine Playhouse. Louie thought it was my best performance. She goes into Juliet. SUNSHINE (continuing) What's here? A cup, closed in my true love's hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end. Oh churl! Drink all, and left no friendly drop to help me after? I will kiss thy lips. Harold opens his eyes. He can't believe this. SUNSHINE (continuing) Happily some poison yet doth hang on them - to make me die with a restorative . She kisses Harold, who immediately kneels up. SUNSHINE (continuing) Thy lips are warm! Harold, startled, knocks over an ashtray. SUNSHINE (continuing) Yea, noise? Then I'll be brief. Oh happy dagger!... She takes stunned Harold's dagger, pressing the blade back and forth in the handle to see how it operates. SUNSHINE (continuing) ... Oh happy dagger! This is thy sheath. She stabs herself between the breasts. SUNSHINE (continuing) There rest-- She staggers to the couch, clutching the dagger. SUNSHINE (continuing) - and let me die. She collapses and expires. Harold gets up. He has never seen anything like it. He wanders around the couch as if he was looking at an idiot. Mrs. Chasen enters with a tray full of drinks, sees Sunshine dead on the couch, and drops them all with a loud crash. She looks over at a bewildered Harold. Summing up the situation, she flings out an accusing arm. MRS. CHASEN Harold! That was your last date!
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