Harry and Tonto (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Harry and Tonto (1974)

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Critic Consensus: Making his sorely belated debut in a big-screen leading role, Art Carney brings Harry and Tonto brilliantly to life.

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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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Cast

Art Carney
as Harry Coombs
Chief Dan George
as Sam Two Feathers
Herbert Berghof
as Rivetowski
Joe Madden
as Panhandler
Avon Long
as Leroy
Barbara Rhoades
as Happy Hooker
Clint Young
as Bus Driver
Cliff Norton
as Used Car Salesman
Louis Guss
as Dominic
Mike Nussbaum
as Old Age Home Clerk
René Enríquez
as Grocery Clerk
Andre Phillipe
as Chess Player
Sally K. Marr
as Cat Lady
Rashel Novikoff
as Mrs. Rothman
Sybil Bowan
as Old Landlady
Michael Butler
as Hitchhiker
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Critic Reviews for Harry and Tonto

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (16)

An excellent motion picture, wise and entertaining and upholding the basic dignity of man in a world that often moves too fast for him.

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Mazursky is to be commended for this wonderful portrait because too few movies deal with the elderly and contain the wit and originality as does this one.

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"Harry and Tonto" is an unusual film which addresses itself to the matter of growing old in America and it manages to do so without foundering in mawkish sentimentality or delivering a sermon on the dignity of age.

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The film excels over every mile of Carney's journey and in every scene in which Carney appears - which is virtually every one in the picture.

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Thrills and chills there are not in "Harry and Tonto." But there's a lot of Art Carney, a warmly welcome new starring presence at the movies.

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Despite occasional sentimentality, it says more about contemporary American life than any movie I've seen in a long time.

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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

Super Reviewer

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

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.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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