Harry And Tonto


(out of 5)

Aging New Yorker Harry (, in an Oscar-winning performance) is evicted from his Manhattan apartment building with his cat Tonto, so they go live with his son’s family in the suburbs. Finding life there unbearable, Harry decides to fly to Chicago where his daughter () lives, but a series of complications (mostly involving Tonto) prevent him from making his flight. Instead, he goes on a cross-country trip where he meets a colourful assortment of characters (none more delightful than  as a misguided teenager) who all benefit from his kindness and wisdom. Carney is superb, as is Burstyn in her cameo, and Paul Mazursky’s laid back direction pitch perfect. The screenplay is both intelligent and sentimentally warm.

USA, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by Paul Mazursky,

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul Mazursky

Music by 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1974

Golden Globe Awards 1974

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