Harry and Tonto (1974)

“You never really feel somebody’s suffering; you only feel their death.” – Harry

Number of Times Seen – 2 (5 Aug 2001 and 27 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis

My Take on it – This is such an amazing film and eventhough I hadn’t seen it for nearly 17 years, I have always recalled how great it was.

On this rewatch, I was able to appreciate it even more and probably understood the  pint of the film even better since I;m now 17 years older than I was when I fort saw it.

Art Carney is superb in the title role and he has a way of making us care so much for his character as he travels across America.

This is mostly due to the fact that despite the character looking old, he is quite young at heart and acts as we all wish we will be able to at that age.

If most people nowadays would be asked who should win Best Actor that year and they would see the list of nominees, I would guess that probably no one would choose correctly that Carney would beat Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Albert Finney.

His role is truly the best of the five and he definitely deserved that win IMHO.

The scrip by Paul Mazursky is really amazing and he gives us so much to savor while watching his character try and find himself as he crisscrosses the US.

This story feels so realistic and the fact that even after 44 years, it still remain so says so much about how is was written.

This is also a film that seems timeless and could be set in so many different times while till remaining relevant in all of them.

Bottom Line – Great story about growing older that works really well.  Carney is superb in the lead role and makes us care so much about his character during his travels because he may look old, but he still remains young at heart.  He was so deserving of Best Actor that yer even with such a strong competition. The script by Mazursky is amazing and he really was able to make it all seem so realistic and even after 44 years it still remains relevant. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Cagney was originally offered the role of Harry. Other people considered for the role were Sir Laurence Olivier and Cary Grant before Art Carney was finally cast. Paul Mazursky’s words to Carney were, “You’ll win an Oscar”, which turned out to be prophetic. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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