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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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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 ... 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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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-The original movie

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

This film is the inspiration behind the hugely popular Fallout PC/Xbox/PlayStation series. 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

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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Alternate Versions

According to the Blu-ray commentary, the prologue (mushroom clouds and explanatory text, the first minute and a half or so) was added for the 1982 rerelease to help explain the world of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heavy Metal (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
By John Philip Sousa
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One of the Best Sci-Fi Films Ever
1 March 2008 | by Scars_RemainSee 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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