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1[[quoteright:350:]] 께''Harry and Tonto'' is a 1974 {{Dramedy}}/RoadMovie directed and co-written by Paul Mazursky.께Septuagenarian widower and retired teacher Harry Coombes (Creator/ArtCarney) is evicted from his New York apartment building so it can be demolished. Joined by his cat Tonto, he moves in with his son Burt (Phil Bruns) but quickly gets fed up with Burt's dysfunctional family and decides to fly to Chicago to see his daughter Shirley (Creator/EllenBurstyn). But after a series of mishaps, he ends up buying a used car and driving to Chicago instead. Along the way he's joined by teenage runaway hitchhiker Ginger (Melanie Mayron). He ultimately decides to travel to Los Angeles to see his son Eddie (Creator/LarryHagman), but the American road presents Harry with plenty of colorful characters and situations along the way, as Tonto stays faithfully by his side.께Most famous now for Carney's upset win of the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actor, beating out Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/DustinHoffman and Creator/AlbertFinney.께!!This film contains examples of:께* AutoErotica: Implied with Harry and the prostitute who gives him a ride.* BigApplesauce: The first quarter of the film is a prime example.* TheBardOnBoard: It's a loose reworking of ''Theatre/KingLear'', which Harry even lampshades in the film. Since he was apparently an English teacher, Harry also quotes Shakespeare quite a bit.* BittersweetEnding: Harry [[spoiler:settles in California and finds new friends and a new daily routine, but Tonto dies of old age]].* CoolOldGuy: Harry, who's still kind of crotchety but not too judgmental, since he knows how disappointing life can be.* CrazyCatLady: Harry befriends one at the end of the film.* CreatorCameo: Paul Mazursky as the hustler who silently hits on Harry in Hollywood.* ElectiveMute: Norman, Harry's grandson (and Burt's son) is studying Eastern mysticism and has taken a vow of silence, communicating only by writing. But [[spoiler:when we see him again later in the film, he's renounced it]].* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Tonto.* MagicalNativeAmerican: Maybe not literally magical, but Harry meets an aging medicine man named Sam Two Feathers while he's in jail in Las Vegas.* {{Meganekko}}: Ginger.* NameAndName: Though "Tonto" is a little puzzling if you're not familiar with the film.* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Harry has to explain Tonto's name to Sam Two Feathers, who's never heard of ''Radio/TheLoneRanger''.* RoadMovie: Harry and Tonto go from New York to Los Angeles via bus, driving and hitchhiking over the course of a single autumn.* TheRunaway: Ginger, a troubled teen who's left home to live in a commune in Colorado.* RunningGag: People talking to Harry about seeing ''[[Series/Ironside1967 Ironside]]'' on TV.* SliceOfLife: Bordering on RandomEventsPlot. It's basically a few weeks in the life of a quirky old widower (and his cat).----


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