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Director:
Writers:
Paul Mazursky (written by) and
Josh Greenfeld (written by)
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Release Date:
15 January 1975 (France) See more »
Tagline:
Get a Lift
Plot:
When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Memorable Story Which Stays With You See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Art Carney ... Harry

René Enríquez ... Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof ... Rivetowski

Michael McCleery ... Mugger
Avon Long ... Leroy
Rashel Novikoff ... Mrs. Rothman

Philip Bruns ... Burt (as Phil Bruns)

Cliff De Young ... Burt Jr.

Josh Mostel ... Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
Dolly Jonah ... Elaine
Sybil Bowan ... Old Landlady
Joe Madden ... Panhandler
Bette Howard ... Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay ... Airport Security Woman
Muriel Beerman ... Taxi Driver
Louis Guss ... Dominic
Clint Young ... Bus Driver
Cliff Norton ... Used Car Salesman

Melanie Mayron ... Ginger
Michael Butler ... Hitchhiker
Letitia Toole ... Wrong Jessie
W. Benson Terry ... Her Husband
Gregg Harris ... Her Grandson

Mike Nussbaum ... Old Age Home Clerk

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Jessie

Ellen Burstyn ... Shirley

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Wade

Barbara Rhoades ... Stephanie (hooker)
Philip Roth ... Vegas Gambler (as Phil Roth)

Chief Dan George ... Sam Two Feathers

Larry Hagman ... Eddie
Andre Philippe ... Chess Player
Anatol Winogradoff ... Anatol
Sally Marr ... Cat Lady (as Sally K. Marr)
Tonto ... Tonto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Colon ... Man in Airport (uncredited)
Jill Mazursky ... Girl Building Sandcastle (uncredited)

Paul Mazursky ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
 
Writing credits
Paul Mazursky (written by) and
Josh Greenfeld (written by)

Produced by
Paul Mazursky .... producer
Anthony Ray .... associate producer (as Tony Ray)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
Michael C. Butler  (as Michael Butler)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Halsey 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Art Levinson .... unit production manager (as Arthur Levinson)
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dodie Fawley .... second assistant director
Anthony Ray .... assistant director (as Tony Ray)
John Sanger .... second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
John Speak .... production sound mixer (as John V. Speak)
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Leland Haas .... sound: New York (uncredited)
Bill Marky .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Barragy .... key grip (uncredited)
Dick Colean .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
John Fleckenstein .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jay Johnson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Edward Levine .... best boy (uncredited)
Muky .... still photographer (uncredited)
Donald M. Wolak .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dianne Crittenden .... additional casting (as Dianne Derfner Crittenden)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Brennan .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Glenn Farr .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Edwin D. Rich .... location auditor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Craig Pinkard .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
June Samson .... script supervisor
Betty Schumacher .... animal trainer
Lou Schumacher .... animal trainer
Bruce Bahrenburg .... publicist (uncredited)
Sioux Richards .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Teresa Stokovic .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Harry & Tonto" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
Canada:115 min | USA:115 min | Argentina:115 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The poetry that Harry shouts at the car that nearly runs him over is from Shelly, "Epipsychidion";

One hope within two wills, one will beneath Two overshadowing minds, one life, one death, One Heaven, one Hell, one immortality, And one annihilation. Woe is me! The winged words on which my soul would pierce Into the height of Love's rare Universe, Are chains of lead around its flight of fire- I pant, I sink, I tremble, I expire!

..and then after being mugged, Shakespeare, from "King Lear";

You heavens, give me that patience, patience I need. You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age, wretched in both.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Give My Regards to BroadwaySee more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Memorable Story Which Stays With You, 28 April 2009
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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