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A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director:

L.Q. Jones

Writers:

L.Q. Jones (screenplay), Harlan Ellison (novel)
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Johnson ... Vic
Susanne Benton ... Quilla June Holmes
Jason Robards ... Lou Craddock
Tim McIntire ... Blood (voice)
Alvy Moore ... Dr. Moore
Helene Winston Helene Winston ... Mez Smith
Charles McGraw ... Preacher
Hal Baylor ... Michael
Ron Feinberg ... Fellini
Michael Rupert ... Gery (as Mike Rupert)
Don Carter Don Carter ... Ken
Michael Hershman Michael Hershman ... Richard
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Storyline

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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No one admitted after the performance starts. It has to be seen from the beginning See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apocalypse 2024 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,900,000, 5 November 1982
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Company Credits

Production Co:

LQ/JAF See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Lou Craddock: [voice-over] He will do just right. Put out the cheese.
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Referenced in The Book of Eli (2010) See more »

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When the World Was New
by Richard Gillis
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Strange and enjoyable.
4 January 2004 | by dusikyonSee all my reviews

The setting of this film is not only a material wasteland, but a moral one as well. Our protaganists are a wandering teenage misogynist and his super-intelligent telepathic dog. The latter helps the former to locate potential rape victims. Their pursuit of one particular sexual quarry leads the young man on a journey into a subterranean perversion of smalltown America. The dog is the most sympathetic character in the movie, and is brilliantly voiced by Tim McIntire.

If you are able to wrap your head around the bizarre moral construct, this film is a nihilistic hoot.


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