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A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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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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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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A rather kinky tale of survival See more »


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14 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Apocalypse 2024  »

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At a science fiction convention, there was a pre-release screening of this film. At the end, when Harlan Ellison came on stage and invited comments, the most common was that the portion of the movie taking place in 'The Underground' was really slow-moving (a polite way of saying 'boring'). Ellison was very defensive about this complaint and responded to the effect that 'The Underground' was a boring, stultifying place and the movie was intended to convey that. The audience did not find this to be a satisfying defense. See more »

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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 »

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Blood: Pull up your pants, Romeo.
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Referenced in The Wizard of the Emerald City (1994) See more »

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On Top of Old Smoky
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This is No Old Yeller
19 September 2006 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

This disorderly pre-Mad Max spree is one of the most entertaining post-apocalyptic future movies ever made. You know why? Because it has no taste and in that, it has no inhibitions about the questions it asked about what will happen after the world is spent by nuclear war. It asks about how procreation will happen, how basic sexual feelings will be satisfied, and other things. It has a genuinely original plot involving telepathic dogs that are more literate than their human masters,gunfights wherein the dogs direct their human masters, an entire society underground that discerns who is apart of them or not by wearing clownface at all times, and other crazy things.

It's a wild, crazy, tasteless, sex-obsessed adventure that affords the viewer one of the greatest luxuries of the movies, one that is rarely completely fulfilled, which is unpredictability. It's so inventive in every way that you don't know what happens next. Even the comical theme song is so out of place for the genre of the film, but the theme of a boy and his dog makes it suitable. A Boy and His Dog is not a great film, but it's worth watching repeatedly and showing our friends. Another buried treasure.


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