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A Boy and His Dog

1975, Sci-fi, 1h 31m

37 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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An offbeat, eccentric black comedy, A Boy and His Dog features strong dialogue and an oddball vision of the future. Read critic reviews

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Vic (Don Johnson) is a libidinous 18-year-old traversing the post-apocalyptic desert of 2024, in the company of his telepathic dog, Blood. When the pair encounter an underground community, the leader's daughter, Quilla Holmes (Susanne Benton), seduces Vic into their fold, separating him from Blood, who's left to survive on his own. But once Vic discovers he's been lured there solely for mechanized procreation, he realizes he's doomed unless he can escape and rejoin Blood.

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  • Nov 17, 2013
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  • Sep 11, 2013
    The pioneer that shaped all the future post apocalyptic films, A Boy and His Dog is about a scavenger with his dog trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world, but the "boy" has only one desire: To have sex with a woman, any woman. Part science fiction, part black comedy, it's legacy includes: Mad Max, Fallout, Book of Eli, Fist of the North Star. A must see.
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  • Aug 30, 2013
    As a kid I wasn't allowed to watch this movie directed by L.Q. Jones, and with years passing by I completely forgot about. Couple of days ago I saw a DVD and finally had a chance to see it after 38 years of waiting. And I am so happy that I did it. This story is so unusual that you didn't want to miss anything - not even a part of the dialogue! The plot is happening on the desolated planet after the World War 4, and the main characters are 18 years old young man (for some reason called a boy) and his dog. They can communicate telepathically as they scavenge for food and sex. This film is based on a very popular novella by Harlan Ellison set in a year 2024. The movie itself is a cult movie, and I now know why. Don Johnson's performance as Vic was outstanding, and I cannot think of anyone better for this role. In the film, Blood is portrayed by Tiger. James Cagney's voice was considered as the voice of Blood, but was dropped because it would have been too recognizable and proved a distraction. Eventually, after going through approximately six hundred auditions, they settled on Tim McIntire, a veteran voice actor who also did most of the music for the film. McIntire was assisted with this by Ray Manzarek (formerly of The Doors). McIntire sang the main theme. The film was well received by critics and science fiction fans, but was not successful commercially. The ending of the film caused controversy with the original writer. On the film's DVD audio commentary, L.Q. Jones states that Harlan Ellison was generally pleased with the movie, with the exception of the final line of dialog. In the introduction of the Vic and Blood anthology, Ellison criticized the film's "moronic, hateful chauvinist last line, which I despise. If you like movies which are different, do not follow any clichés - please, check this one.
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  • May 20, 2013
    Mediocre at best. Starts off interestingly enough, but just gets weirder and weirder. You don't really get to see anything post-apocalyptic, just some really fucking strange religious cult that's underground. None of the characters are likable except the dog, who's actually pretty cool. Plus nothing is really explained throughout the story, which is really annoying when you have so many questions by the film's abrupt end.
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