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


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 of his life. When the building, in which he lives, is torn down to make way for a parking garage, Harry and his beloved cat Tonto begin a journey across the U.S., 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:

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Box Office


$980,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The girl at the end, building the sandcastle, was played by Paul Mazursky's daughter, Jill. See more »


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 »


Sam Two Feathers: I practice good medicine on good people... bad medicine on bad people.
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Crazy Credits

Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »


Referenced in Yes Man (2008) See more »


Give My Regards to Broadway
Written by George M. Cohan
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Cat and man go on journey
2 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

After being evicted from his New York City apartment, a retired gent and his aging feline go on a cross country trip searching for a new life. They cross paths with many interesting folks and suffer their share of difficulties along the way. Harry was a philosophical old boy who managed to weather the upsets well; a solid man and totally likeable character. Excellent film, well written and played out. 5 stars.

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