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A BOY AND HIS DOG


 

STARRING: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards, Alvy Moore, Helene Winston, Charles McGraw, Tiger, with the voice of Tim McIntire

1975, 87 Minutes, Directed by: L.Q. Jones


Description: Adapted from a novella by Harlan Ellison. Don Johnson (Miami Vice) plays a young, libidinous loner named Vic who roams the post-nuclear wasteland with his loyal dog, Blood, a remarkable hound with keen intelligence and the ability to telepathically communicate with his less-intelligent master. It's survival of the fittest, so food and sex are Vic's highest priorities, and he gets plenty of both when recruited into a mysterious underground society in desperate need of young fertile males. While Blood must fend for himself on the unfriendly surface, Vic realizes that he's an exploited prisoner and must escape to return to the canine friend he left behind. Amazon.com

Black humor as we follow the travails of a young punk (Johnson), and his telepathic dog searching a post-holocaust landscape for food and women.

The only thing that lets this faithful adaptation of Harlan Ellison's novella down is the cheap production values. Otherwise this film deserves the cult status it has among more serious science fiction fans. It is definitely one of my favorite sci-fi flicks - don't miss it! However, note that the title is misleading: this is not a movie for kiddies!
 

 


Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick:
Must see - despite the cheap sets.
It might be gathering dust on your local video store shelves, but this black-humoured movie made on a shoestring and based on a novella by sci-fi great Harlan Ellison is a must-see.

 

 

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