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Harry and Tonto (1974, Paul Mazursky)

TitleHarry and Tonto
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorPaul Mazursky
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 55 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


As he also did with his 1982 Tempest, Paul Mazursky appropriates a Shakespearean theme for a tale of modern life. A retired 72-year old teacher, who quotes from King Lear as he is being evicted from his apartment, journeys across the country to visit with his children. Like King Lear he discovers that the disempowered old person receives scant respect from the world. The film was included in the Jan.-March 1986 Library of Congress film series, "Acting it Many Ways: Shakespeare on Film and Television," at the Pickford Theatre. It was introduced by Prof. S. Schoenbaum, who is generally acknowledged to be the world's most eminent authority in the field of Shakespeare biography

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

RivetowskiHerbert Berghof
Old LadySybil Bowan
BurtPhil Bruns
ShirleyEllen Burstyn
HarryArt Carney
Burt, Jr.Cliff De Young
Grocery ClerkRene Enriquez
JessieGeraldine Fitzgerald
Sam Two FeathersChief Dan George
DominicLouis Guss
EddieLarry Hagman
WadeArthur Hunnicut
ElaineDolly Jonah
LeroyAvon Long
Cat LadySally K. Mart
GingerMelanie Mayron
MuggerMichael McCleery
NormanJoshua Mostel
SalesmanCliff Norton
HookerBarbara Rhoades
Vegas GamblerPhil Roth

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorPaul Mazursky
ProducerPaul Mazursky
ProducerTony Ray
EditorRichard Halsey
ComposerBill Conti
ScreenplayJosh Greenfield
ScreenplayPaul Mazursky
MakeupBob O'Bradovich
CostumesAlbert Wolsky
LightingMichael Butler
ProductionTed Haworth

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell