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A Boy and His Dog (1975)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  November 1975 (USA)
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A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society ... See full summary »

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Alvy Moore ...
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Mez Smith
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Ron Feinberg ...
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A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society where the old society is preserved. The daughter of one of the leaders of the community seduces and lures him below, where the citizens have become unable to reproduce because of being underground so long. They use him for impregnation purposes, and then plan to be rid of him. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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"Once more into the breach, dear friend", said by Blood, is taken from Shakespeare's Henry V "Once more into the breach, dear friends!". See more »

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While the marching band in Topeka's picnic passes camera, the girl playing cymbals doesn't actually clash the cymbals. She only pretends to do it. See more »

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Lou Craddock: Lack of respect, wrong attitude, failure to obey authority.
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Interesting and bizarre post-apocalyptic tale that could only be made in the 70s
10 May 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"A Boy and His Dog" is one of the weirdest science fiction films made in America. Its the kind of film that could only be made in the 1970s. In addition to being bizarre, its very imaginative and interesting. The film works so well because of the great production values. Despite being a low budget film, this is very professionally made. The direction, the writing, and the acting are all first class. This was L.Q. Jones' second film as a director and writer (his first was the obscure "The Devil's Bedroom" and he wrote the screenplay for the interesting satanic thriller "The Brotherhood of Satan"). Considering his inexperience, its remarkable how accomplished he is in both departments and makes it all the more shameful that he didn't pursue a career in directing films. Judging from this project, I'm sure there's a lot more quirky and unique films he could've made.

The acting is very good as well. Don Johnson is, surprisingly, dead-on as the arrogant post-apocalyptic punk Vic. Susanne Benton does very good with her role of Quilla, who leads Vic to the underground city. The real scene stealer is Tim McIntire and his hilarious voice-over work for the dog, and its always nice to see Jason Robarbs. Despite Harlan Ellison's apparent disgust at the film, its a really good adaptation of his work. Its not perfect (as many critics have noted, there are some moments that border uncomfortably on misogyny), but its an intelligent science fiction film, a rare breed that would become ever rarer with the resurgence of space operas due to "Star Wars". Its a very subtle film that the viewer appreciates more on repeat viewings. (8/10)


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