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A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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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Vic
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Quilla June Holmes
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Lou Craddock
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Mez Smith
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Gery (as Mike Rupert)
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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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An R-rated, 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 writer Harlan Ellison came on stage and invited comments, the most common one 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 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 answer. See more »

Goofs

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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Vic: [to sentry] If my gun picks up one rust spot you're gonna wake up with a crowd around 'ya.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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On Top of Old Smoky
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Traditional American folk tune
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One of the Best Sci-Fi Films Ever
1 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard wonderful things about this film and about how it was the biggest influence on Mad Max, a favorite of mine, so I just had to check it out. I definitely loved this movie and it's a new Sci-Fi favorite of mine. It moves very well and kept me very entertained the entire time. I'm glad to have it in my collection.

The story and setting were very brilliant, a boy and his dog that can speak to each other do whatever they can to survive after the world has been turned to a wasteland after world war IV. The acting from Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, and Jason Robards was incredible. This movie was well ahead of its time and you can definitely see how it influenced Mad Max. If you're a fan of post apocalyptic films, you can't go without seeing this any longer.


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