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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry
... Grocery Clerk
Herbert Berghof ... Rivetowski
... Mugger
... Leroy
Rashel Novikoff ... Mrs. Rothman
... Burt (as Phil Bruns)
... Burt Jr.
... Norman (as Joshua Mostel)
Dolly Jonah ... Elaine
Sybil Bowan ... Old Landlady
Joe Madden ... Panhandler
Bette Howard ... Morgue Clerk
Patricia Fay ... Airport Security Woman
... 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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15 January 1975 (France)  »

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$980,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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At about 47 minutes when Harry leaves the bus on the way to Chicago the Driver reaches in and asks if this is Harry's bag, without looking Harry says yes, it is clearly a blue bag. On the next shot as the bus pulls away the brown bag Harry has been traveling with is there. See more »

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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: [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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Tea for Two
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
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The Journey of Life
6 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Art Carney took home the Academy Award for Best Actor not only for his work in this movie, but for his entire career. The movie is about a man living his final years. His best friend and partner is his side kick cat Tonto. Together they travel from New York City to the far ends of the west coast. On the way, they bump into one situation and conversation to the next. The final scene shows Carney meeting another face along the path of life as he makes his final goodbye to the audience. In a way, Carney's character has to make this journey in order to say goodbye to the world. A heart gripping scene, Carney must say goodbye to his best of friends as Tonto get old himself. This is in a way not a coming of age story but a coming of life story. This is a terrific movie that has a moral that needs to be learned.


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