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Harry and Tonto (1974)

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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Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof ...
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Avon Long ...
Rashel Novikoff ...
Mrs. Rothman
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Burt (as Phil Bruns)
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Burt Jr.
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Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
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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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James Cagney was offered the title role, but the 74 year-old actor hadn't starred in a feature film since 1961 and didn't want to come out of retirement. 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

Stephanie: When's the last time you made it, Harry?
Harry: Oh, I haven't had sex in a long time.
Stephanie: Had? Or enjoyed?
Harry: [Chuckling] What's the difference?
Stephanie: You'll have to pay to find out.
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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References Isadora (1968) 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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A man in search of a place in a world that has no need for him...
19 April 2004 | by (http://www.cinema-crazed.com) – See all my reviews

Harry is a man who has no place in the world; with his orange cat Tonto, his partner, they search for a place in the world that is changing. Through a repression, changing values, and rapid changing scenery, he sticks out like a sore thumb with his family, his friends, and people. He then is on a destination to Chicago to stay with his daughter, but after he's thrown off a plane, he travels on a bus, but when his cat won't go to the bathroom, he's thrown off the bus and is stranded and decides to drive. On the way to Chicago he has an adventure meeting different people, people that are symbols of the changing society and he learns to cope with them and tries to adapt, yet can't find his place in society. Harry must find a place in the world and he intends to find one. This is a heartbreaking, poignant and engrossing view into a man's life in old age. Art Carney gives an excellent performance of a man conflicted with changing society, and a man who must force himself to adapt whether he likes it or not. Will he ever find his place in the world? You have to watch to see.

*** out of **** stars.


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