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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
Susanne Benton ...
Quilla June Holmes
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Lou Craddock
Tim McIntire ...
Blood (voice)
Alvy Moore ...
Doctor Moore
Helene Winston ...
Mez Smith
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Preacher
Hal Baylor ...
Michael
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Fellini
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Gery (as Mike Rupert)
Don Carter ...
Ken
Michael Hershman ...
Richard
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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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The year is 2024... a future you'll probably live to see. See more »


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14 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Apocalypse 2024  »

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James Cagney was considered for the voice of Blood, but the idea was dropped because Cagney's fame would have been a distraction from the character. 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: Breeding is an ugly thing.
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Referenced in Heavy Metal (1981) See more »

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On Top of Old Smoky
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Traditional American folk tune
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A Valiant Failure
28 August 2000 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

Like many artifacts of the 60s & 70s, y'hadda be there...at least in order to feel a protective fondness for what is without question a very flawed movie. The miracle of this film was that it was made AT ALL. (Due in no small part to the tenor of the times it sprang from. The shackles on pop culture and genre fiction were loosening, allowing for more serious themes and treatment; of course, two years later STAR WARS would tighten the shackles again.) I'm a little amazed at the many posters bitching about cheap sets, poor fx, etc. Does everyone watch a movie EXPECTING a 50-million-dollar budget and CGI up the wazoo? If so, we're in deeper trouble than I thought. I look at A BOY AND HIS DOG with great affection as a sincere attempt to do something different, provocative and heartfelt, and although it's informed by a naive leftist worldview I don't share, there's a great deal of audacious creativity at work here that transcends many of the budgetary limitations. You'd think oddities like this would be treasured as artifacts of a more open and experimental period in movie history, rather than derided for falling short of INDEPENDENCE DAY's store-bought bombast and opticals. Go figure...


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