Harry And Tonto

feature film, 1974.

DIRECTED BY: Paul Mazursky

Harry And Tonto

Art Carney (Harry),
Tonto (Tonto),
Herbert Berghof (Jacob Rivetowski),
Ellen Burstyn (Shirley Mallard),
Geraldine Fitzgerald (Jessie Stone)

Paul Mazursky,
Josh Greenfeld

Michael C. Butler

This is a road film whose heroes are a seventy-year old retired man and his cat. When the building in which the old man has lived all his life, gets torn down because there will be a parking lot built there, Harry takes Tonto and moves to his son’s in the suburbs. That is not a permanent solution but since he has free time, he decides to visit his daughter in Chicago. While the man and his cat change vehicles in which they travel, they meet new people and see different places.
Even though before filming this film, Art Carney never much cared for cats, he won an Oscar in 1974 as Best Actor, thus beating his competitors Albert Finney, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino.

color, 35 mm, 115 min