Harry and Tonto

Harry and Tonto

Director: Paul Mazursky

Cast: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, Chief Dan George

     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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 Larry Hagman), but each visit is more disappointing than the last; he also touches base with an old flame (Geraldine Fitzgerald), who has slipped into senility. By the time he arrives in L.A., Harry has become dispirited by his desultory visits with friends and family, but he eventually realizes that each new day can be a beginning rather than an end.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Paul Mazursky's bittersweet film on the cross-country odyssey of man nearing the end of life sometimes crosses the line into sentimentality, but it features an Academy Award-winning performance by Art Carney in what is likely his finest role. Septuagenarian widower Harry (Carney) decides to visit friends and relatives across America after learning that his New York City apartment building is about to be razed. As he touches on these links with his past, he is sobered by the changes time has wrought. As with the handicapped, there is often a degree of dishonesty in presenting aged people as the central characters of a film or dramatic work. Incapable of initiating significant action, they usually serve as symbolic lightning rods for the filmmakers' guilt, reminding the rest of us what punishment they are forced to absorb at our hands. To some extent, this is the case with Mazursky's film, which rather than exploring Harry's relationships with his wife, children, and friends, makes him seem like a nice man who a number of unhappy and ungrateful people have failed to appreciate. This somehow rings false. The truest and most moving part of the film is the first section, which offers a window on both the tentative relationships and painful isolation of old age. Carney gives a miraculous performance as the retired schoolteacher, slightly bewildered by novel experiences, yet always sensible and resilient. Ellen Burstyn is also excellent as his unhappy daughter, as is Geraldine Fitzgerald as a former lover. The strong cast includes Larry Hagman, Cliff De Young, Herbert Berghof, Melanie Mayron, and Josh Mostel.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0024543190974
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
3,677

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary with director Paul Mazursky; Original theatrical trailer and TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Art Carney Harry
Ellen Burstyn Shirley
Chief Dan George Sam Two Feathers
Geraldine Fitzgerald Jessie
Larry Hagman Eddie
Arthur Hunnicutt Wade
Cliff De Young Burt, Jr.
Rene Enriquez Grocery Clerk
Michael McCleery Mugger
Avon Long Leroy
Rashel Novikoff Mrs. Rothman
Joe Madden Panhandler
Louis Guss Dominic
Clint Young Bus Driver
Cliff Norton Used Car Salesman
Michael Butler Hitchhiker
Mike Nussbaum Old Age Home Clerk
Andre Philippe Chess Player
Sally K. Marr Cat Lady
Alex Colon Actor
Herbert Berghof Rivetowski
Dolly Jonah Elaine
Melanie Mayron Ginger
Josh Mostel Norman
Barbara Rhoades Happy Hooker
Philip Bruns Burt

Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael C. Butler Cinematographer
Bill Conti Score Composer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Josh Greenfeld Screenwriter
Richard Halsey Editor
Ted Haworth Art Director
Edward S. Haworth Production Designer
Bob O'Bradovich Makeup
Tony Ray Asst. Director,Producer
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
John Speak Asst. Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harry and Tonto
1. Main Titles [:08]
2. Boulevard of Broken Dreams [1:49]
3. Those Days Are Over [:24]
4. My Home For A Parking Lot [:09]
5. Keeping Score [1:36]
6. What Was [2:57]
7. Not By Moral Means [1:29]
8. Burt and Norman [1:31]
9. Remembering the First and Last [3:34]
10. Tea for Two [3:16]
11. New Paint, A View, No Pets [:37]
12. Burying A Friend [6:30]
13. Not Without My Cat! [:48]
14. A Grave Mistake [1:34]
15. Feeling His Past [4:24]
16. The Pepsi Generation [1:00]
17. Looking for Jessie [1:17]
18. Fathers and Daughters [4:30]
19. West of Chicago [1:59]
20. Good for What Ails You [2:55]
21. Hooked on Stephanie [4:23]
22. Las Vegas [2:59]
23. My Poor Son Eddie [4:12]
24. New Found Friends / End Titles [:12]

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