Sneha Girap (Editor)

Harry and Tonto

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
8.8/101 Votes Alchetron
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Paul Mazursky
Initial DVD release  September 6, 2005
Country  United States
7.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language  English
Harry and Tonto movie poster
Release date  August 12, 1974 (1974-08-12)
Writer  Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld
Awards  Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Cast  Art Carney (Harry Coombes), Herbert Berghof (Jacob Rivetowski), Ellen Burstyn (Shirley Mallard), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Jessie Stone), Larry Hagman (Eddie Coombes), Chief Dan George (Sam Two Feathers)
Similar movies  Ratatouille, Reign Over Me, Miss Minoes, The Good Shepherd, The Tin Drum, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Tagline  Get a Lift

Randomly selected netflix movie review harry and tonto 1974

Harry and Tonto is a 1974 road movie written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld and directed by Mazursky. It features Art Carney as Harry in an Academy Award-winning performance. Tonto is his pet cat.


Harry and Tonto movie scenes


Harry and Tonto movie scenes

Harry Coombes (Art Carney) is an elderly widower and retired teacher who is forced from his Upper West Side apartment in New York City when his building is condemned. He initially stays with his eldest son Burt's family in the suburbs but eventually chooses to travel cross country with his pet cat Tonto in tow.

Harry and Tonto movie scenes

Initially planning to fly to Chicago, until Harry has an issue with Airport Security checking his cat carrier, he instead boards a long-distance bus. He gets off so Tonto can take a leak (Harry tries to get Tonto to use the bus toilet, to no avail), then buys a used car after Tonto wanders away. During his episodic journey, he befriends a Bible-quoting hitchhiker (Michael Butler) and underage runaway Ginger (Melanie Mayron), visits his daughter (Ellen Burstyn), a bookstore owner in Chicago, and drops in on an early sweetheart (Geraldine Fitzgerald) in a retirement home, where she suffers from dementia.

Harry and Tonto wwwgstaticcomtvthumbdvdboxart3769p3769dv8

Continuing west, Harry accepts a ride with a health-food salesman (Arthur Hunnicutt), makes the acquaintance of an attractive hooker (Barbara Rhoades) on his way to Las Vegas, then spends a night in jail with a friendly Native American (Chief Dan George). He eventually makes it to Los Angeles, where he stays with his youngest son (Larry Hagman), a financially strapped real-estate salesman, before finding a place of his own with Tonto, who, much like Harry, is dealing the best he can with the hardships of old age.


Harry and Tonto Harry and Tonto 1974
  • Art Carney as Harry Coombes
  • Tonto as Tonto
  • Herbert Berghof as Jacob Rivetowski
  • Ellen Burstyn as Shirley Mallard
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald as Jessie Stone
  • Larry Hagman as Eddie Coombes
  • Chief Dan George as Sam Two Feathers
  • Melanie Mayron as Ginger
  • Joshua Mostel as Norman Coombes
  • Arthur Hunnicutt as Wade Carlton
  • Barbara Rhoades as Stephanie, Hooker
  • Cliff DeYoung as Burt Coombes Jr.
  • Phil Bruns as Burt Coombes
  • Dolly Jonah as Elaine Coombes
  • Avon Long as Leroy
  • Louis Guss as Dominic Santosi
  • Cliff Norton as Nick Lewis, Used Car Dealer
  • Rashel Novikoff as Mrs. Rothman
  • Michael Butler as Hitchhiker
  • René Enríquez as Jesús, Deli Manager
  • Michael McCleery as Mugger

  • Harry and Tonto Dear Old Hollywood Harry and Tonto 1974 Film Locations

    Also appearing toward the end of the film as Celia is Sally K. Marr, mother of Lenny Bruce.


    Harry and Tonto HARRY AND TONTO TRAILER YouTube

    Cast as an elderly man, Carney, born in 1918, was actually only 13 years older than the actors who played his sons, Larry Hagman and Phil Bruns, and 14 years older than Ellen Burstyn, who played his daughter. Thanks to the makeup of Emmy winning artist Bob O'Bradovich, Carney was effectively transformed into the elderly Harry.

    Awards and nominations

    Harry and Tonto Harry Tonto 1974 Cinema Cats

    Carney beat Albert Finney, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino, for their performances in Murder on the Orient Express, Lenny, Chinatown and The Godfather Part II respectively, for the 1974 Academy Award for Best Actor. The film was nominated for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

    Harry and Tonto Harry and Tonto 1974 THE FILM YAP

    Carney also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor Musical/Comedy, while Greenfeld and Mazursky were nominated for Best Picture Musical/Comedy. The screenplay was nominated for the Writers Guild of America Award as Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen. The film was also selected as one of the ten best of 1974 by the National Board of Review.

    Harry and Tonto Harry and Tonto Film Locations On the set of New Yorkcom

    At the time, Carney noted that prior to his work in Harry and Tonto, he "never liked cats" but said he wound up getting along well with the cat in the film.


    Harry and Tonto Wikipedia
    Harry and Tonto IMDbHarry and Tonto Roger EbertHarry and Tonto Rotten TomatoesHarry and Tonto

    Similar Topics
    Reign Over Me
    The First Day of the Rest of Your Life