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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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An R-rated, rather kinky tale of survival See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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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
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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

One of the many post-apocalyptic movies to heavily influence the critically acclaimed video game series "Fallout," which began with Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997). A recurring event throughout the series is to have a canine companion named Dogmeat, which is what Vic called Blood as an insult. Also, underground civilizations are existent within the Fallout series--as they are in this film--in the form of what they call "Vaults." Vaults have since become a prime selling point of the Fallout 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

Lou Craddock: When we put this in, then we'll add that.
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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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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Stars and Stripes Forever
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A Strange Post-Apocalypse Story
11 March 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy (Don Johnson) 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.

I like that all presidents since Ford have been a member of the Kennedy family... though I am not entirely clear about why people in the future feel the need to wear clown makeup. Or how dogs develop telepathy. But, hey, alright.

This film is criticized for being sexist. And yeah, it sort of is. Though I think it can be argued that the film is not so much sexist as the protagonist is sexist, which is a difference. We do not have to empathize with the lead character. Heck, some of what he says and does is not tasteful. As strange as it may seem, the movie may not be telling the same story as the one we see through the boy.


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