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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.

Director:

Paul Mazursky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Carney ... Harry
René Enríquez ... Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Rivetowski
Michael McCleery ... Mugger
Avon Long ... Leroy
Rashel Novikoff Rashel Novikoff ... Mrs. Rothman
Philip Bruns ... Burt (as Phil Bruns)
Cliff De Young ... Burt Jr.
Josh Mostel ... Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
Dolly Jonah Dolly Jonah ... Elaine
Sybil Bowan Sybil Bowan ... Old Landlady
Joe Madden Joe Madden ... Panhandler
Bette Howard Bette Howard ... Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay 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 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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry & Tonto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$980,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two little boys sitting on the stoop as Art Carney is being carried out of the building were local boys cast as extras, and paid five dollars for their efforts that day. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is briefly jailed, he is allowed to keep his suitcase and other personal belongings in his cell. None of these things would ever be allowed in a holding tank. See more »

Quotes

Harry: You know, the strangest thing about being old is... all your friends are dead.
Shirley: Well, all your old friends, maybe. You could make new friends, you know?
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Crazy Credits

Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical version, Norman (Josh Mostel) says to Shirley (Ellen Burstyn), "I like you too, Aunt Shirley, but you're a c**t." When the ratings board gave the film an R rating because of this line, Mazursky changed the line to "But you're a bitch." All subsequent prints after the initial theatrical release contain this line, and the original has since disappeared. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Art Carney
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Touching Road Picture
26 April 2006 | by gjung01See all my reviews

"Harry and Tonto" is one of those films that surprises you. It seems very simplistic with an old man traveling with his trusty cat, however; there is more to the film than that. Harry(Art Carney) is a 72 year-old man displaced from his apartment building in New York that is scheduled for demolition. This is when his journey begins taking him from his son's home and comes across various people along the way including Ginger, a 16 year-old hitchhiker, a former lover with a shaky memory (Geraldine Fitzgerald), his bookstore owner daughter, Shirley(Ellen Burnstyn) in Chicago, a vitamin salesman, a Las Vegas hooker and an Indian Chief. Harry is an intelligent man in his twilight years prone to fussing over his aging cat. The film is good natured and at the same time sad. It plays as a slice of life movie but one thinks of the old saying, "It is not the destination but the journey that matters." Art Carney gives a very real, complex performance while being understated and I am not surprised that he won an Oscar for this film. I am glad that I finally came across this film and certainly appreciate it more as an adult than I did as a kid.


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