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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

Art Carney, born November 4, 1918, was not old enough (twelve and a half years old) to have been the father of Philip Bruns, born May 2, 1931, who portrayed his son Burt, or old enough (thirteen years, ten and a half months) to have been the father of Larry Hagman, born September 21, 1931, who portrayed his son Eddie, or old enough (fourteen years, one months) to have been the father of Ellen Burstyn, born December 7, 1932, who portrayed his daughter Shirley. Actually, all three of the actors who portrayed Harry's children were born within nineteen months of each other. In the same theme, Philip Bruns was not old enough (thirteen years, nine months old) to have been the father of Cliff De Young, born February 12, 1945, who portrayed Burt's oldest son, Burt Jr. See more »

Goofs

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

Harry: [Talking to his cat, reminiscing about an earlier New York City] There were trolleys, Tonto. Cobblestones. The aroma of corned beef and cabbage. The tangy zest of... apple strudel. You had to hand-crank the cars in those days, Tonto. Cars like REO's, Franklins, Hudsons. Those were names fit for a car. These days a man doesn't know whether he's driving a car or an animal: "Mustangs," "Jaguars," "Cougars,"... "Pintos." - Silly.
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Art Carney
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Memorable Story Which Stays With You
28 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every once in a while - but less and less these days - a movie comes around that has some impact, in that you find it hard to get it out your mind for awhile. That's what "Harry and Tonto" did to me, recently.

It wasn't the world's greatest film but it was great storytelling, sometimes a lost art among filmmakers in recent decades. "Harry" is a retiree and "Tonto" is his cat. The movie follows the two around as the pair travel from the East Coast to the West. It all begins when Harry's building is demolished as part of "urban renewal." He quickly finds out he doesn't want to live with his quirky son and his even-stranger kids, so he hits the road to Chicago to seek out other relatives. It goes from there.

The movie is filled with little vignettes. For instance, how the cat adapts for doesn't adapt to some modes of travel and the interesting and very diverse people Harry meets on the way (which winds up going all the way to Los Angeles).

Art Carney as "Harry Coombes" got the Academy Award for best actor. My vote might have gone to the cat. If you've ever owned a cat, you can appreciate how unbelievably-trained this feline was in the film. Tonto was amazing! Almost everyone in this film is a good person who tries to befriend Harry and Tonto, so you get a good feel throughout this almost-two-hour movie. It's one memorable short story after another - some funny, some sad.

I hate to use this cliché, but it's the kind of slow-moving, human-interest story movie you don't see anymore. That's a shame, because these kinds of films you don't forget.


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