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A Boy and His Dog (1975)

R  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Susanne Benton ...
Quilla June Holmes
Lou Craddock
Tim McIntire ...
Blood (voice)
Alvy Moore ...
Doctor Moore
Helene Winston ...
Mez Smith
Hal Baylor ...
Ron Feinberg ...
Gery (as Mike Rupert)
Don Carter ...
Michael Hershman ...


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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Throughout the movie, Vic carries a civilian model bolt-action Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle and a Webley Break-Top Revolver. Both weapons were designed over 100 years ago, and both were made and widely used in Europe. See more »


During Topeka's picnic, there is a grower's label seen on one of the bananas. The fruit is grown hydroponically, not store-bought. See more »


Vic: Hell! They didn't have to cut her! She could have been used two or three more times!
Blood: Ah, war is hell.
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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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