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Harry and Tonto

Harry and Tonto (1974)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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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


Drama, Classics, Comedy

Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld

Sep 6, 2005

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

A pleasant film about an old man who rejuvenates himself on a cross-country trek.

November 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Mazursky has escaped Fellini's shadow; when everyone's back from going to 'look for America', he might have something interesting to say.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The muted style robs the picture of the liberating point it's meant to make: that imaginative energy transcends the generations.

May 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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You may find much of this, despite the apparent sincerity, too cutesy and self-satisfied for its own good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Affectionate but contrived odyssey folk tale.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

September 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.

June 11, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Worth seeing for Carney's performance

February 27, 2005

A bona finde classic, and a rare road movie that features a cat as the wheel-man.

January 28, 2005

I remember it being better than I expected, but at the same time, that's all I remember. Pleasant, forgettable.

July 31, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

[A] touching comedy drama ...

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Harry and Tonto

Paul Mazursky's best film ever! A beautiful story with a freshing screenplay, directing and the acting of Art Carney, Academy Award winner by is role in this movie. Harry and Tonto is touching.
May 15, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Mazursky has crafted a story populated with humanity and decency, and where the only true villain is father time. Harry and Tonto is sort of a modernized, colorized and Americanized version of Umberto D.. Sad but still heartwarming.
September 24, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Sweet movie. Funny at times and sad too. Amazing that Art Carney was able to portray this role because he was only known for his goofy character on the honeymooners. The young actors who play his children who eventually go on to big careers are great too.
March 21, 2009

Super Reviewer

The pinnacle of Art Carney's later career. We have the story of man forced onto the street with only a beloved cat as companion. Naturally the humanity of the character is brought forth with the change in his circumstances and Carney's interactions with those he meets are memorable.
October 8, 2013
John Ballantine

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    1. Shirley: I like you, Norman.
    2. Norman: I like you too, Aunt Shirley, but I think you're a bitch.
    – Submitted by Adam O (13 months ago)
    1. Harry: I know life is confusing. We're just trying to get on with it.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Sam Two Feathers: I practice good medicine on good people. Bad medicine on bad people.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Harry: This is the first time in my life I've ever been in jail.
    2. Sam Two Feathers: What are you in for?
    3. Harry: Peeing.
    4. Sam Two Feathers: I got a ticket once for shitting
    5. Harry: Where'd you do it?
    6. Sam Two Feathers: No, not me. My horse in a hotel lobby
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. 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.
    2. Hitchhiker: You better believe it.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
    1. Panhandler: Have you got 35 cents?
    2. Harry: Why thirty-five?
    3. Panhandler: I wanna buy a mink coat.
    – Submitted by Adam O (14 months ago)
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