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Harry and Tonto (DVD, 2005)

Paul Mazursky, Art Carney | Rating: R (MPAA)
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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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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • UPC: 024543190974

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Director:Paul Mazursky
Leading Role:Art Carney
eBay Product ID: EPID48150087
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Created: 04/04/07

Harry and Tonto

This is one of the most incredible films of all time. Art Carney who was
actually only 55 years of age while filming, portrays a 72 year old dealing
with aging, independence, and letting go. It is both hopeful and inspirational
for all senior citizens. Director Paul Mazursky brilliantly intertwines
family relationships on what is actually a road trip cross country with
Harry(Art Carney)and his beloved feline companion(Tonto). The independence
and love of the cat skillfully imply the same independence sought by
all seniors attempting to thrive in contemporary society.
The movie will tug at all your emotions. Humor is always apparent
amidst the sorrow of losing loved ones. The movie really is a very
positive message for hope and bright future endeavors.

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Created: 08/15/07

A simple and real-life odyssey

Harry is literally carried out of his NY apartment slated for demolition, and must learn to re-define home by going on an adventure he never would have planned. He begins as an unwilling participant -- but because he has one remaining link to the life he knew (the tail-waving Tonto), he remains able and willing to see what's around the next bend. Encountering children and grandchildren, bus drivers and prostitutes, old flames and old farts, each with their own agenda, Harry stays true to the concept of not reaching home until he knows he's truly arrived -- and that requires letting go of his need to matter to someone, and accepting the importance of his mattering to himself. It is one of the sweetest and most human (non-mythical) journeys you'll encounter on film.

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Created: 04/25/10

Touching Tale

I saw a recommendation in the Wall Street Journal. This was one title among several "retirement" stories on DVD. I have a cat, so I really enjoyed trying to figure out how he could walk a cat on a leash for such extended periods. I would think this is one of Art Carney's best performances. I didn't appreciate his talent, since I am used to thinking of him as a comedian. If you enjoy just a good tale, with no Hollywood special effects - except for cat walking :)- have a look see. Probably help if you are an "older" adult on this one.......

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Created: 09/02/06

Art Carney at his best

This is Art Carney's finest role. I consider it a real classic. It is an excellent study in human character and motive.

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Created: 10/21/13

Harry and Tonto( DVD, 2004)

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


Based on the John Steinbeck novel "Travels with Charley", this tale is about a retired schoolteacher named Harry( Art Carney) falling into a cross-country trip with his yellow cat Tonto.

Art Carney won the 1974 Academy Award for this brilliant performance. The cat Tonto was great too!

Highly recommended film!

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