A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Critics Consensus: An offbeat, eccentric black comedy, A Boy and His Dog features strong dialogue and an oddball vision of the future.
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Based on the novella by Harlan Ellison, A Boy and His Dog is set in a post-apocalyptic future where canned goods are used as currency and where entertainment often consists of old porn reels. Vic (Don Johnson) is a violent, illiterate scavenger, principally interested in getting laid. He communicates telepathically with his deceptively cute-looking dog Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire); Vic finds food for Blood, while Blood sniffs out girls for Vic. One of these girls is the sexy Quilla June (Susanne Benton), who, unbeknownst to Vic is a spy for an underground society, headed by a Mr. Craddock (Jason Robards Jr.). This subterranean civilization needs a human "sperm bank" to stay alive, and the oversexed Vic fills the bill. Produced by character actor Alvy Moore (Mr. Kimball of TV's Green Acres), A Boy and His Dog was written and directed by another veteran actor, L.Q. Jones. … More
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Critic Reviews for A Boy and His Dog
In spite of some clever ideas and a few well-wrought images, it seems too schematic and its satire too blunt.
Jones' debut as a director nevertheless has a distinctive tang, as affably unprincipled as the series of villains he played for Sam Peckinpah.
It's got a unique... well, I was about to say charm, but the movie's last scene doesn't quite let me get away with that.
The good ideas are marred by awkwardness; the terrible ideas are redeemed somewhat by being, at least, unpredictable.
If it's weirdness that you're after, this cult film goes the whole nine yards.
The savage wasteland is believably captured, but a so-so movie completely goes off the rails once the action moves to an underground society.
A Boy and His Dog has won a cult following of its own for its offbeat, sardonic look into the future.
Set on a desert landscape a while after a nuclear holocaust, the film is about a young man, played by Don Johnson, who has a telepathic bond with a dog, the latter basically being the smarter of the two. He helps the dog find food and the dog helps him sn
Despite memorable main characters, a half-decent take on an overused premise, and unforgettable scenes, the film's attitude and political stance haven't aged with grace.
"nifty little cult flick"
Jones's cameo during an open-air movie theater sequence is by far the most cinematic moment of this 1975 cult classic for boys who hate women.
Conceptually interesting, with one of the all-time great movie endings.
A grungy, odd cult film.
Bizarre late-70's sci-fi weirdness. With Don Johnson!
It is offensive, but it is also damn funny, and my sense of humor wins out in the end.
Those who are patient and forgiving enough are going to be awarded with good acting, sharp dialogue and effective black humour.
While it's still a bit racy, it's tame enough now for the whole family!
Audience Reviews for A Boy and His Dog
In the post-apocalyptic future survival in the barren wastes means searching for grub wherever you can, but a young man wants ... err ... more, if you know what I mean. A telepathic dog with a radar tuned for such sure comes in handy. What's the moral of the tale? True pulp sci-fi don't need no stinkin' moral. A cult classic with more questions than answers, but okay.More
Great post-apocalyptic movie. Sure, it's low budget, but the idea of an intelligent talking dog and his goofy human sidekick (played by Don Johnson) was a great pairing. They got into some outright dangerous and naughty adventures. The adversaries were great too - from the rough scavenging humans and their vehicles on the surface to the murderous white-faced American townsfolk underground. It was low-budget, but very imaginative and entertaining. The ending was grotesque but hilarious.More
In the post-apocalyptic future, a loner uses his telepathic dog to search for scarce females. Strange, unique, and fun, with a perfect black finale; the implicit misogyny of the "pooches before cooches" message does take the movie down a notch, though.More
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