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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof ...
Avon Long ...
Rashel Novikoff ...
Mrs. Rothman
Burt (as Phil Bruns)
Burt Jr.
Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
Dolly Jonah ...
Sybil Bowan ...
Old Landlady
Joe Madden ...
Bette Howard ...
Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay ...
Airport Security Woman
Muriel Beerman ...
Taxi Driver


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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Release Date:

15 January 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Harry & Tonto  »

Box Office


$980,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Harry is briefly jailed, he is allowed to keep his suitcase and other personal belongings in his cell. None of these things would ever be allowed in a holding tank. See more »


Harry: When did you last have a woman, Jacob?
Jacob Rivetowski: What?
Harry: When did you last sleep with a woman?
Jacob Rivetowski: Saturday night.
Jacob Rivetowski: March.
Jacob Rivetowski: 1951. Yeah, it was about ten o'clock at night.
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Crazy Credits

Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »


Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) See more »


Roamin' in the Gloamin'
Written by Harry Lauder
Sung by Art Carney
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A truly heartwarming movie
21 January 2001 | by (San Francisco.CA) – See all my reviews

I saw the movie for the first time on AMC and enjoyed it a lot. You don't see movies of this type anymore and when you see one like this you can't forget it. I thought Art Carney did a tremendous job acting as Harry. It also tended to remind people that they get old and lose their friends due to death and search for new companions.

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