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One of the great films of the 70s. I FIRST SAW THIS WHEN I WAS IN GRAD SCHOOL AND STILL YUNG. RE-WATCHING IT NOW AT 69, IT IS STILL AN OUTSTANDING FILM, BUT MY PERSPECTIVE ON IT IS JUST A BIT DIFFERENT, NOW THAT I CAN REALLY IDENTIFY WITH HARRY! LOVE CHIEF DAN GEORGE--A FAVORITE FROM LITTL BIG MAN.
Relatable family dynamics, but a largely contrived cross-country journey. A story of the elderly in the modern world.
The best comedy movie ever made!
Harry and Tonto is a simple road movie about an older man looking to find his place after being evicted from his home, and feeling unwelcome with his son. So he goes on a road trip with his cat. The fact that Art Carney stars in it is a big plus because he adds some comedy to the story. There were moments when he would throw out a line that was so subtle, and yet it was timed just right to get me laughing. Harry is such a friendly character, and he finds ways to connect with every person he meets along the way. I also loved his interaction with his cat. It’s delightful to see how he treats Tonto like any other person in the room. You quickly see the bond, which gets you invested in their friendship, and leads to some more powerful emotional moments later. Sadly, Harry and Tonto was a bit bland at times, because there was never much conflict. He runs into a few minor problems with his kids, but it never leads to much confrontation or anything to get me excited. I looked forward to any moment when Carney would stop along the way and have more interactions with people, because that’s typically where the comedy would hit. He just had such a delightful way of bonding with people, even strangers. However there were moments when I was hoping for comedy and it was just an uneventful stop along the way. It all works as part of Harry’s journey, but I was a bit worried that boredom might set in if something more didn’t happen. While it wasn’t perfect, there was a sweet charm to this film that I found pleasant and enjoyable to watch.
Anchored by a sympathetic performance by Academy Award winner for Best Actor Art Carney, this is Paul Mazursky's mellowly melancholic yet humorous story about the lonely eponymous septuagenarian and his cat on an introspective and soulful odyssey catching up with nostalgia, generational conflict and loss of companionship.
I happened to see this on cable and remembered liking it in the 70's. This movie reminds me of why the 70's is best to be forgotten. It embraces and celebrates runaways, broken marriages and casual sex. The old guy in the movie picks up a hitchhiker and they share a motel room together - she causally ndresses and walks around in her underwear. The Hollywood of teh 1970s promoted free sex free love and denial that acting responsibly and like an adult was a good thing. We as young people internalized these messages and I think it messed many of that generation up for a long time. I didn't watch till the end, I was so disgusted by remembering that time in our history. Wealthy hollywood people might get away with treating people as if they are temporary playthings but for most of us, family and responsibility grounds us and are the best things in our lives
Greatly enjoyable with Art Carney
Harry and Tonto is an excellent film. It is about a retired lifelong New Yorker who goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto when his apartment building is being torn down. Art Carney and Ellen Burstyn give amazing performances. The script is well written. Paul Mazursky did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the adventure and drama. Harry and Tonto is a must see.
touching, sad, especially the cat's death, and hopeful ending
Sentimental road movie exploring aged people problems. The film has a soul and Art Carney created authentic character teamed up with his fellow cat Tonto. The controversial Oscar decision is quite memorable though.