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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)
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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Get a Lift


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15 January 1975 (France)  »

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$980,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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When Art Carney initially told Paul Mazursky that he loved the script but felt that he was too young in his mid-fifties to play Harry, Mazursky pointed out to Carney that he already had a natural bow-legged walk due to his WWII injuries and could easily pass as an older man. See more »

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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

Nick Lewis - Used Car Dealer: I am 62 years old.
[Indicates to Harry the rather obvious hair piece he's wearing]
Nick Lewis - Used Car Dealer: I can't get it up unless I take a dose of strychnine.
Harry: Strychnine? I thought strychnine was poisonous?
Nick Lewis - Used Car Dealer: Naw, no... It really gives you a lift, you know? But I wanna' tell ya, it isn't worth it. 'Cause I get such terrible headaches. Right through my skull. "Bong! Bong!" Like a sledgehammer. So, a fella' has to decide whether he wants a migraine headache... or a piece of ass, you know?
Harry: Well, Nick, you live and learn.
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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Long Train Runnin'
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Written by Tom Johnston
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one of the best Hollywood films of the 70's
4 December 2005 | by (pacific northwest) – See all my reviews

Art Carney was a quiet, quirky genius and this film is a lasting testament to his talent.

It's a story about how an -average- man (actually not average at all, as we come to find out) lives a life of dignity and confronts the chaos of modern existence--including that most devastating of inevitabilities, mortality and, particularly, old age .

Besides Carney, watch for superb ensemble acting from Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, the inimitable Chief Dan George, Arthur Hunnicutt, and a host of great character actors from the 70's.

Unlike so many contemporary scripts from the late 60's and early 70's, the cultural references seem interesting and historical and not dated, probably because--like everything else in this film--they are treated with respect and a sense of mercy.

If this film had been made by a French director in 1974, it would be heralded as a major classic. Oh, well.

Watch it. Savor it. This is really something special.


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