Harry and Tonto


Harry and Tonto (1974)


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Harry is a seventy-plus Manhattan widower who loses his tiny apartment to the wrecking ball. Accompanied by his pet, an aged cat named Tonto, Harry sets out upon an odyssey to Los Angeles. Throughout the film, Harry makes disappointing stops at the homes of his grown children.

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Critic Reviews for Harry and Tonto

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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

Nov 24, 2008 | Full Review…
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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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The muted style robs the picture of the liberating point it's meant to make: that imaginative energy transcends the generations.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

You may find much of this, despite the apparent sincerity, too cutesy and self-satisfied for its own good.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Affectionate but contrived odyssey folk tale.

Feb 29, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Harry and Tonto

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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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.

Randy Tippy
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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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