Harry and Tonto

Directed By: Paul Mazursky Starring: Art Carney

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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.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40719340
UPC 024543190974
UPC 14 00024543190974
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Character Study
On-The-Road
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Directors
Paul Mazursky
Actors
Art Carney
Cast & Crew
Art Carney - Actor
Bill Conti - Musical Score
Ellen Burstyn - Actor
Geraldine Fitzgerald - Actor
Larry Hagman - Actor
Michael Butler - Cinematographer
Paul Mazursky - Director
Paul Mazursky - Writer
Paul Mazursky - Producer
Richard Halsey - Editor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2229097
UPC 00024543190974
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1975) Art Carney, Winner, Best Actor,Paul Mazursky, Josh Greenfeld, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay
Golden Globe (1975) Art Carney, Winner, Best Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Carney,Art
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD

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