Harry and Tonto stars Art Carney and a trained cat, respectively, in a pleasant film about an old man who rejuvenates himself on a cross-country trek. Script is a series of good human comedy vignettes, with the large supporting cast of many familiar names in virtual cameo roles.

Harry and Tonto stars Art Carney and a trained cat, respectively, in a pleasant film about an old man who rejuvenates himself on a cross-country trek. Script is a series of good human comedy vignettes, with the large supporting cast of many familiar names in virtual cameo roles.

Carney is excellent as an old NY widower, evicted by force from a building being torn down. The rupture in his life triggers an odyssey, with pet cat named Tonto, to LA, with family stopovers at the Jersey home of son Phil Bruns, then to Chicago where Ellen Burstyn remains a warm antagonist, finally to LA where Larry Hagman emerges as a failure in life. En route, Carney picks up young hitchhiker Melanie Mayron, eventually paired off with grandson Joshua Mostel.

1974: Best Actor (Art Carney).

Nomination: Best Original Screenplay

Harry and Tonto

Production

20th Century-Fox. Dir Paul Mazursky; Producer Paul Mazursky; Screenplay Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld; Camera Michael Butler; Editor Richard Halsey; Music Bill Conti Art Dir Ted Haworth

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Art Carney Ellen Burstyn Chief Dan George Geraldine Fitzgerald Larry Hagman Arthur Hunnicutt
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