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Harry and Tonto (1974)

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When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.

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Jesús - Deli Manager
Herbert Berghof ...
Michael McCleery ...
Avon Long ...
Rashel Novikoff ...
Mrs. Rothman
Philip Bruns ...
Burt Coombes (as Phil Bruns)
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Burt Coombes Jr.
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Norman Coombes (as Joshua Mostel)
Dolly Jonah ...
Sybil Bowan ...
Old Landlady
Joe Madden ...
Panhandler
Bette Howard ...
Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay ...
Airport Security Woman
Muriel Beerman ...
Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Harry is a retired teacher in his 70s living in the Upper West Side of New York City where his late wife and he raised his children--where he's lived all his life. When the building he lives in is torn down to make way for a parking garage, Harry and his beloved cat Tonto begin a journey across the United States, visiting his children, seeing a world he never seemed to have the time to see before, making new friends, and saying goodbye to old friends. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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15 January 1975 (France)  »

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Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)
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James Cagney was originally offered the role of Harry. Other people considered for the role were Sir Laurence Olivier and Cary Grant before Art Carney was finally cast. Paul Mazursky's words to Carney were "You'll win an Oscar," which turned out to be prophetic. See more »

Goofs

When Tonto dies, Harry mentions that he died at 11 human years old, which is somewhat young for a cat. However, he also mentions that Tonto was 77 years old, which would be in dog years, since the cat-to-human ratio is five cat years to one human year. The dog-to-human ratio is seven dog years to one human year. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Who's the vice president this week?
Newspaper vendor: Who cares?
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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References Ironside (1967) See more »

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Pop Goes the Weasel
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Art Carney Proves that Old is Great in "Harry & Tonto"
16 May 2002 | by (Mamaroneck,New York,USA) – See all my reviews

Art Carney gives us all a top caliber performance is this highly acclaimed movie drama.Here he plays a put upon retired school teacher.Who is forced to move from his West Side Apartment with his pet cat:"Tonto"and move in with his patronizing and complaining son and daughter in law.Unable to tolerate their difficult attitudes."Harry Coombes"(Carney)takes a trek accross country.Where he meets up with a teenage runaway:"Ginger"(Melenie Mayron),A Connving Vitamin Salesman(Athur Hunnicut),A Native American Medicine Man:"Sam Two Feathers"(Chief Dan George),A prositute(Rhonda Flemming)and his former girlfriend:"Jessie"(Geraldine Fitzgerald).He also spends some time with his oppionated daughter:"Shirley"(Ellen Burstyn)and His irresponsible son:"Eddie"(Larry Hagman).The film is filled with pogient moments and with some laughs.As well as some tradgety:"Harry's"old Friend:"Jacob"(Played here with some acerbic insight by the late Herbert Burghoff).Who dies and Poor "Harry"(Carney)has to indentify his friend's body at the morgue and the death of "Tonto".Art Carney won an Oscar for his portrayal of "Harry Coombes" in this picture.But most of all.He has won our admiration for his talents as an actor.Thanks Art!


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