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

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Academy Award
Best Actor (Art Carney as “Harry”)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfield)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Art Carney)

Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen



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