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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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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

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. 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

Jacob Rivetowski: We are in for a depression... that will make the 30's look like paradise. Maybe it's a good thing - the hard-hats and the phony liberals will kill each other.
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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 »

Connections

References Isadora (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Heard on soundtack while Harry is with hooker
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The Journey of Life
6 March 2005 | by caspian1978See 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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