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 (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.

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Cast

Susanne Benton
as Quilla June Holmes
Tiger
as Blood (The Dog)
Jason Robards
as Lou Craddock
Alvy Moore
as Dr. Moore
Hal Baylor
as Michael
Ron Feinberg
as Fellini
L.Q. Jones
as Actor in Porno Film
Tim McIntire
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.

Jun 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Jones' debut as a director nevertheless has a distinctive tang, as affably unprincipled as the series of villains he played for Sam Peckinpah.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The good ideas are marred by awkwardness; the terrible ideas are redeemed somewhat by being, at least, unpredictable.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

If it's weirdness that you're after, this cult film goes the whole nine yards.

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

Aug 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
Lafe Fredbjornson

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Directors Cat

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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.

Greg S
Greg S

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