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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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Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof ...
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Avon Long ...
Rashel Novikoff ...
Mrs. Rothman
Philip Bruns ...
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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Storyline

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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Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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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When Stephanie drops Harry off at the casino in Las Vegas, a huge silhouette of the entire filming crew is visible on the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Harry: Did you ever have Annushka again?
Jacob Rivetowski: No, no... My father started slipping it to her regularly.
Harry: [chuckling] Polish logic!
Jacob Rivetowski: He was a capitalist bastard!
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Art Carney
Sung by Art Carney
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Harry and Tonto
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have Harry and Tonto on VHS. I do not know how many times I have seen this truly outstanding film. Art Carney was brilliant at Harry a retired school teacher who had to leave his an Apt in NY, because the city wants to put up a parking gorge in it's place. Harry's wife has died and his children are grown living on there own. Harry lives with his best friend a cat named Tonto. That Harry deeply loves. Tonto goes everywhere with Harry. Even to run errands. Harry tries to live with his son. Harry find it is not working for him to live with his son, so Harry decide to go out and see the rest of the country. Harry sets off with Tonto and has many adventures a long the way. Harry a long with Tonto go to see Harry's children. Harry and Tonto meet some old and new friends as they make there way across the country to California. It is very sad when Harry must say good by to some old and treasured friends. Art Carney won the Academy Award for his portrait of Harry in this very brilliant and touching film. Harry and Tonto is one of my all time favorite films


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