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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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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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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 »

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Overhead boom mike is visible in two scenes. First, when Harry is sitting on the couch with Eddie at Eddie's apartment. Second, when Harry is playing chess by the beach. See more »

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Wade Carlton: So I was broke. I rode me down to Galveston. Read an article in the paper... about catchin' sharks. Shark's good for a lot of things. Got a job with a Portuguese feller. Caught sharks till I couldn't move my arms. Made me $300 and come home. Hadn't shaved for three weeks. Come walkin' up to the front door. The wife thought it was a bum. Told me to clear on out. That's when I got into cats.
Harry: Your wife still alive?
Wade Carlton: Nope. Buried three of 'em. Good women. Bad diets.
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Roamin' in the Gloamin'
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Written by Harry Lauder
Sung by Art Carney
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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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