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In Paul Mazursky's rueful character drama, 57-year-old Art Carney plays Harry, a 70-plus Manhattan widower who loses his tiny apartment to the wrecking ball. Accompanied by his pet, an aged cat named Tonto, Harry sets out on an odyssey to Los Angeles. During his journey, he finds a kindred spirit in a youthful hitchhiker (Melanie Mayron), who eventually finds happiness with Harry's grandson (Joshua Mostel). Harry makes stops at the homes of his grown children (Philip Bruns, Ellen Burstyn, and Larry Hagman), but each visit is more disappointing than the last; he also touches base with an old flame (Geraldine Fitzgerald), who has slipped into senility. By the time he arrives in L.A., Harry has become dispirited by his desultory visits with friends and family, but he eventually realizes that each new day can be a beginning rather than an end. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 12, 1974


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Josh Greenfeld Best Original Screenplay 1974 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Art Carney Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1974 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Art Carney Best Actor 1974 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Mazursky Best Original Screenplay 1974 Nominee


Art Carney
as Harry
Ellen Burstyn
as Shirley
Chief Dan George
as Sam Two Feathers
Geraldine Fitzgerald
as Jessie
Larry Hagman
as Eddie
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Wade
Michael McCleery
as Mugger
Cliff De Young
as Burt, Jr.
Joe Madden
as Panhandler
Andre Philippe
as Chess Player
Rashel Novikoff
as Mrs. Rothman
Alex Colon
Rene Enriquez
as Grocery Clerk
Clint Young
as Bus Driver
Melanie Mayron
as Ginger
Barbara Rhoades
as Happy Hooker
Josh Mostel
as Norman
Louis Guss
as Dominic
Philip Bruns
as Burt
Herbert Berghof
as Rivetowski
Mike Nussbaum
as Old Age Home Clerk
Cliff Norton
as Used Car Salesman


Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
Josh Greenfeld
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Halsey
Ted Haworth
Art Director
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Theodore Soderberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob O'Bradovich
June Samson
Script Supervisor