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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.
In 1974, the Oscar nominees for Best Actor included Jack Nicholson (Chinatown), Al Pacino (Godfather Part II), and Dustin Hoffman (Lenny). And the winner? Art Carney for this Paul Mazursky comedy about a retired schoolteacher evicted from his apartment to make way for urban redevelopment. So he takes his cat, Tonto, and heads cross-country to live with one of his children. But the trip is an eventful one, involving encounters with an assortment of friends and strangers. Carney is a game and canny old pro and he helps this film rise above its occasionally sentimental excesses; the result is consistently entertaining. But honestly--the Oscar over Nicholson, Pacino, and Hoffman? You be the judge. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
and I think he deserved the oscar but it was somewhat spoiled by the obligatory rudeness. Someone felt the story would be improved by mooning us with an unattractive bottom and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by queenie monk
This is such a heartwarming love story. Its nice to watch something about love and kindness. You certainly don't need any sex, violence and phony special affects to keep you in... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2010 by warmhearted
Harry reminded me of a good Canadian friend of mine who passed away a few years ago. His views to the world were often cynical but always clear and in point. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2009 by Masaharu Ono
This a wonderfully unusual and beautifully touching tale about an old man and his cat traveling across the United States. It will truly make you laugh and cry.Published on Sept. 4 2004 by jskinner
I purchased this movie after Art Carney passed away last year based on reviews I had read about it. It is one of the nicest movies I have ever seen. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004
My brother took me to see this- its nothing like Born Free with the big cats, but the house cat plays a big part of this film, along with the theme of the displaced elderly, who... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003
For me, this film is extremely bittersweet, because it is so much of its time, the mid-seventies, when hippies could hitchhike off to communes in Colorado and not be worried about... Read morePublished on March 9 2003 by Beautiful Dreamer