The successful motion picture which allowed Art Carney to win an Academy Award is "Harry and Tonto" (1974). In the film, Harry Coombes (Art Carney) is a man in his seventies. He is evicted from his Manhattan apartment when the building is set to be demolished.

After staying briefly with his son Burt (Phil Bruns), Harry decides to travel across the country, accompanied by his pet cat, Tonto. They want to visit Harry's other grown children. However, his expectations are challenged when he visits a former love (Geraldine Fitzgerald), his daughter, Shirley (Ellen Burstyn) in Chicago, and his youngest son, Eddie (Larry Hagman), in Los Angeles, CA.

"Harry and Tonto" is considered a road movie since the protagonist is going from city to city to meet family members. The film's screenplay was written by Paul Mazursky and Josh Greenfeld. Mazursky also directed this major film. Besides featuring Art Carney as Harry in an Academy Award-winning performance, other stars are: Burstyn as Shirley Mallard, Fitzgerald as Jessie Stone, Hagman as Eddie Coombes, Burns as Burt Coombes, Herbert Berghof as Jacob Rivetowski, and Chief Dan George as Sam Two Feathers. The film had a budget of $980,000 US dollars and grossed over $4.6 million at the box office (North America). Movie critics saw it as a film that was more than above average; they gave it a grade of 7.2 out of 10.

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