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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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René Enríquez ...
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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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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$980,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Pieces of liver were placed around Art Carney in order to attract the cats that played Tonto into cuddling with Carney in pivotal scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Harry sits down in his apartment with the newspaper, he takes off his glasses and puts them on the table next to his chair. In the next shot, he has the glasses on again and takes them off to put on his reading glasses. See more »

Quotes

Burt Coombes Jr.: I know you think you're really far out. You smoke a couple of joints, and you think you're into something, right? No... hey, I know. I mean, I took 32 trips, you ninny. Pure stuff. Pure rainbow! I had more coke stuffed up this nose than you could breathe air. I was into heavy Tibetan meditation for two years, you jimbo!
Harry: You're not very tolerant, Junior.
Burt Coombes Jr.: The heaviest thing I can do for him is to-...
[shouts]
Burt Coombes Jr.: wake him up!
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.6 (2011) See more »

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Tea for Two
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
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Memorable Story Which Stays With You
28 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while - but less and less these days - a movie comes around that has some impact, in that you find it hard to get it out your mind for awhile. That's what "Harry and Tonto" did to me, recently.

It wasn't the world's greatest film but it was great storytelling, sometimes a lost art among filmmakers in recent decades. "Harry" is a retiree and "Tonto" is his cat. The movie follows the two around as the pair travel from the East Coast to the West. It all begins when Harry's building is demolished as part of "urban renewal." He quickly finds out he doesn't want to live with his quirky son and his even-stranger kids, so he hits the road to Chicago to seek out other relatives. It goes from there.

The movie is filled with little vignettes. For instance, how the cat adapts for doesn't adapt to some modes of travel and the interesting and very diverse people Harry meets on the way (which winds up going all the way to Los Angeles).

Art Carney as "Harry Coombes" got the Academy Award for best actor. My vote might have gone to the cat. If you've ever owned a cat, you can appreciate how unbelievably-trained this feline was in the film. Tonto was amazing! Almost everyone in this film is a good person who tries to befriend Harry and Tonto, so you get a good feel throughout this almost-two-hour movie. It's one memorable short story after another - some funny, some sad.

I hate to use this cliché, but it's the kind of slow-moving, human-interest story movie you don't see anymore. That's a shame, because these kinds of films you don't forget.


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