I first watched HARRY AND TONTO
on television a long time ago... maybe even the late '70s when a MOVIE on one of the three networks was a BIG DEAL. There was a lot of that in those days. Of course, I've seen it at least several times... but I finally realized ART CARNEY
wasn't all that old at all!!! He plays 72, but he was actually 55!
He whitened his hair, wore his own hearing aid, and stopped hiding his limp (earned in WWII). Though CHINATOWN
has a lot to recommend it, perhaps in the end, Hollywood went sentimental. From my own point of view, and a lover of the first two GODFATHER
films particularly, I think the Academy got it right that time. HARRY AND TONTO
is not a "knock your socks off" kind of movie. But it may creep up on you and steal you heart... why? Why? This problematic old man with his CAT?
I love it.