A Boy and His Dog (1975)


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Critic 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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Cult Movies
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Written By: L.Q. Jones
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On DVD: Nov 18, 2003


as Quilla June Holmes

as Blood (The Dog)

as Preacher

as Lou Craddock

as Dr. Moore

as Michael

as Fellini

as Actor in Porno Film

as Blood (voice)
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Critic Reviews for A Boy and His Dog

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (4)

In spite of some clever ideas and a few well-wrought images, it seems too schematic and its satire too blunt.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Jones' debut as a director nevertheless has a distinctive tang, as affably unprincipled as the series of villains he played for Sam Peckinpah.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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The good ideas are marred by awkwardness; the terrible ideas are redeemed somewhat by being, at least, unpredictable.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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If it's weirdness that you're after, this cult film goes the whole nine yards.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The savage wasteland is believably captured, but a so-so movie completely goes off the rails once the action moves to an underground society.

Full Review… | August 17, 2013
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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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

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