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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Art Carney initially told Paul Mazursky that he loved the script, but felt that he was too young in his mid fifties to play Harry, Mazursky pointed out to Carney that he already had a natural bow-legged walk due to his World War II injuries, and could easily pass as an older man. See more »

Goofs

We see the same light Green Lincoln , a light Green Chevrolet and many of the same cars in almost every traffic scene. See more »

Quotes

Harry: When did you last have a woman, Jacob?
Jacob Rivetowski: What?
Harry: When did you last sleep with a woman?
Jacob Rivetowski: Saturday night.
[pause]
Jacob Rivetowski: March.
[pause]
Jacob Rivetowski: 1951. Yeah, it was about ten o'clock at night.
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Crazy Credits

Tonto is billed "and TONTO" See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (1995) 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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Living Life To The Fullest
17 January 2004 | by DotelMotelSee all my reviews

"Harry And Tonto" is one of my all time favorite movies. It is a film that is as beautiful and funny as it is poignant and sad. It is also a film that features one of the finest acting performances in the last fifty years given by the late, great Art Carney. Carney shows why he won a well deserved Oscar for his performance as the kindhearted, retired teacher Harry Combes who goes cross-country with his pet cat Tonto as they encounter several eccentric characters and have some truly unforgettable moments. A wonderful film, that truly deserves a DVD release. Hopefully one day.


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