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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The year is 2024... a future you'll probably live to see. See more »


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Trivia

When Vic first spots Quilla June Holmes at the makeshift movie theatre, wedding music is heard in the film playing on the projector. 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

[a middle-aged, taciturn couple is brought by Michael before the Committee; all three of them talk in a very cold and impassive tone]
Mez Smith: Fanny and Jurdan MacBurnatt.
Dr. Moore: Why are they here?
Mez Smith: Lack of respect. Wrong attitude. Failure to obey authority.
Dr. Moore: Lectures?
Mez Smith: Three.
Dr. Moore: Cut-and-dry, then.
Mez Smith: I'd say so.
Lou Craddock: Any reason to be easy?
Mez Smith: [shakes her head] No.
[...]
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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 »


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On Top of Old Smoky
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Traditional American folk tune
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This is No Old Yeller
19 September 2006 | by jzappaSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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LQ/JAF See more »
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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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