Harry and Tonto (1974)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,656
In Paul Mazursky's rueful character drama, 57-year-old Art Carney plays Harry, a 70-plus Manhattan widower who loses his tiny apartment to the wrecking ball. Accompanied by his pet, an aged cat named Tonto, Harry sets out on an odyssey to Los Angeles. During his journey, he finds a kindred spirit in a youthful hitchhiker (Melanie Mayron), who eventually finds happiness with Harry's grandson (Joshua Mostel). Harry makes stops at the homes of his grown children (Philip Bruns, Ellen Burstyn, and
Aug 12, 1974 Wide
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A pleasant film about an old man who rejuvenates himself on a cross-country trek.
Mazursky has escaped Fellini's shadow; when everyone's back from going to 'look for America', he might have something interesting to say.
It's not easy to make comedies that work as drama, too. But Carney's acting is so perceptive that it helps this material succeed.
The muted style robs the picture of the liberating point it's meant to make: that imaginative energy transcends the generations.
You may find much of this, despite the apparent sincerity, too cutesy and self-satisfied for its own good.
A seventy year old man from New York City travels across the country and discovers the joy, the confusion and the stoutness of the human adventure.
Paul Mazursky's sentimental, upbeat serio-comedy about a widower who takes to the road with his cat after being evicted form his home is lifted above the routine TV Movie of the Week by the solid turn of Art Carney, who won the Best Actor Oscar.
Worth seeing for Carney's performance
A bona finde classic, and a rare road movie that features a cat as the wheel-man.
I remember it being better than I expected, but at the same time, that's all I remember. Pleasant, forgettable.
Audience Reviews for Harry and Tonto
- Shirley: I like you, Norman.
- Norman: I like you too, Aunt Shirley, but I think you're a bitch.
- Harry: I know life is confusing. We're just trying to get on with it.
- Sam Two Feathers: I practice good medicine on good people. Bad medicine on bad people.
- Harry: 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: Let me tell you something. Times are bad. Don't you believe what they're saying in the papers about a recession. We're in a depression.
- Hitchhiker: You better believe it.
- Panhandler: Have you got 35 cents?
- Harry: Why thirty-five?
- Panhandler: I wanna buy a mink coat.
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