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Director: Paul Mazursky     Starring: Art Carney
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40719340
UPC: 024543190974
UPC 14: 00024543190974
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Art Carney shines in this poignant drama about an aging widower's determined search for a better life. Harry (Carney), who lives in New York with his pet cat, Tonto, is having a rough time of it. Not only does he keep getting mugged, but the huge wrecking ball outside his window is about to demolish his apartment. So Harry bids farewell to the city and sets out for life in the suburbs with his son's family. But son Burt is too stuffy and his wife is too bossy. When a stay with Harry's single daughter doesn't work out either, man and cat head West in a second-hand car, meeting bizarre characters along the way. Finally they reach L.A., where Harry moves in with his other son Eddie (Larry Hagman). But by now Harry's realized he likes being on the road and hasn't yet had his fill of adventure. Highlighted by Carney's outstanding performance, this moving story lights up the screen with a wit and wisdom that is rare and beautiful.
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Paul Mazursky's HARRY AND TONTO is an offbeat comedy-drama with a subtle and remarkable central performance by Art Carney as Harry, a 72-year-old widower who takes off on a cross-country odyssey with his cat, Tonto, after he's evicted from his Manhattan apartment building. Along the way he visits his eldest daughter, Shirley (Ellen Burstyn), in Chicago and plans to meet up with his son, Eddie (Larry Hagman), in California. Harry's road trip is filled with small vignettes that remind him of where he's come from and where he's going. Inspired by the vitality of the many characters he comes across, he's left to ponder his own quiet life. Harry also remembers a past love when he meets up with Jessie (Geraldine Fitzgerald), an old girlfriend who used to be a vivacious ballet dancer but now lies senile in a nursing home. Among the gallery of other memorable characters he meets on the road are a young female hitchhiker, a hooker, and a down-on-his-luck Indian chief. Ultimately, Harry reaches the West Coast and finds that things are not quite as he planned, but at the end of the road, he remains deeply inspired by his new vision of life, filled with hope for the future. A remarkable ensemble cast of oddball characters infuses Harry's trip with unique vitality, humor, and honesty.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1974
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2229097
Video UPC UPC: 00024543190974
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Art Carney
Video Cast Info Ellen Burstyn
Video Cast Info Geraldine Fitzgerald
Video Cast Info Larry Hagman
Video Cast Info Bill Conti - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Michael Butler - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Paul Mazursky - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Mazursky - Writer
Video Cast Info Paul Mazursky - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Halsey - Editor


Oscar (1975)
Video Award Name Art Carney, Winner, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay

Golden Globe (1975)
Video Award Name Art Carney, Winner, Best Actor

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Art Carney has, of course, fashioned a distinguished career for himself on the stage after all those years as Norton on "The Honeymooners." Here, he flowers as a movie star. The performance is totally original, all his own, and worthy of the Academy Award it received. It's not easy to make comedies that work as drama, too. But Carney's acting is so perceptive that it helps this material succeed. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Carney,Art
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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