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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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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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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

During Harry, Ginger and Norman's cross-country trip they stop at a railroad crossing. As the car comes to a stop (camera in front, ground level), there is no car behind them and none visible coming up the road. When the scene shifts to inside the car for Norman's violin performance (camera now at about dashboard level), what appears to be a white or light-color van is visible out the back window. As they pull away after the train has passed and Norman has finished playing (camera angle now above and behind their car), a brown car follows. See more »

Quotes

Sam Two Feathers: [Having helped alleviate Harry's bursitis, using old Indian remedy] I love my work.
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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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Give My Regards to Broadway
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Brilliant, touching , hidden masterpiece!
17 December 1998 | by Pace-3See all my reviews

This is a very special movie to me. I don't want to give away any of the plot but I will just say that this is a movie that will leave you with a smile and touch your heart. You will want to live life to the fullest just like good old Harry and Tonto. Art Carney is simply smashing and brilliant in the lead role. Just a great movie! See it!


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