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
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Rashel Novikoff ...
Mrs. Rothman
Philip Bruns ...
Burt (as Phil Bruns)
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Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
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Old Landlady
Joe Madden ...
Panhandler
Bette Howard ...
Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay ...
Airport Security Woman
Muriel Beerman ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry: [In jail for urinating in public] This is the first time in my life I've ever been in jail.
Sam Two Feathers: What are you in for?
Harry: Peeing.
Sam Two Feathers: I got a ticket once for shitting.
Harry: Where'd you do it?
Sam Two Feathers: No, not me. My horse - in a hotel lobby.
Harry: Oh.
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Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.115 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
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Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Sung by Art Carney
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Living Life To The Fullest
17 January 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Harry And Tonto" is one of my all time favorite movies. It is a film that is as beautiful and funny as it is poignant and sad. It is also a film that features one of the finest acting performances in the last fifty years given by the late, great Art Carney. Carney shows why he won a well deserved Oscar for his performance as the kindhearted, retired teacher Harry Combes who goes cross-country with his pet cat Tonto as they encounter several eccentric characters and have some truly unforgettable moments. A wonderful film, that truly deserves a DVD release. Hopefully one day.


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