A Boy and His Dog
1975, L.Q. Jones, USA, 93 min.
With Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards
- Sat, Nov 9th 3:00pm
- Wed, Nov 13th 8:15pm
"Grungy, fleet, and lively...an unruly daydream capped with a surprisingly jet-black acknowledgement of humankind's genetic destiny to ruin itself."—Chuck Bowen, Slant
The title suggests a wholesome family film, but that is just one of the edgy twists in this dark-humored cult classic, adapted from a novella by iconoclastic sci-fi author Harlan Ellison. Setting the template for THE ROAD WARRIOR and countless other post-apocalyptic sagas, the film is set in a scrapheap future where life is cheap, and women and food are scarce. It is also a future in which humans and dogs can communicate telepathically, with dogs clearly the superior species. Vic (Johnson), a lad of basic appetites, and Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire, who also composed the film's score), his sardonic canine companion, roam the desert wasteland, until a nubile lass (Benton) lures Vic down to a subterranean dystopia that plays like a warped version of Disneyland's Main Street. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)