A Boy and His Dog (1974)

USA, 1973
35mm film, Techniscope, “color by Technicolor”, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by L.Q. Jones. Production began on 25 June 1973 1Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8

Plot Summary

In the aftermath of a nuclear war, a young man roams the wastelands with his telepathic dog. They find their way to an underground society where the inhabitants plan to use him for breeding stock.


Directed by: L.Q. Jones
© Third L.Q.J, Inc.
This has been an LQJaf presentation
Produced by: Alvy Moore
Associate Producer: Tom Connors
Screenplay by: L.Q. Jones
Based on the Awards Winning Novella by: Harlan Ellison
Photographed by: John Arthur Morrill
Film Editor: Scott Conrad
Music by: Tim McIntire
Production Mixer: Rod Sutton
Wardrobe: Carolyn Moore
Make Up: Wes Dawn
Special Effects: Frank Rowe
Production Design: Ray Boyle

Don Johnson
Susanne Benton
Jason Robards
Tim McIntire as [the voice of] Blood
Alvy Moore ( Moore)
Helene Winston (Mez)
Charles McGraw (preacher)
Hal Baylor (Michael)
Ron Feinberg (Fellini)
Mike Rupert (Gary)
Michael Hershman (Richard)

Alternative Titles

2024: Apocalipsis nuclear – Spain
2024: Apocalipsis nuclear (Un muchacho y su perro) – Spain
Apocalípsis 2024 – Belgium (French), France, Spain
Apocalypse 2024: A Boy and His Dog
– Germany (re-release)
Apocalypse 2024 – Un ragazzo, un cane, due inseparabili amici
– Italy
Chlopiec i jego pies
– Poland
Çocuk ve Kðek
– Turkey
A Fiú és a kutyája
– Hungary
Der Junge mit dem Hund
– West Germany
Mad Don
– Denmark
O Menino e seu Cachorro
– Brazil
Un muchacho y su perro
– Argentina
Um Rapaz e o Seu Cão
– Portugal



  • American Cinematographer vol.85 no.4 (April 2004) p.22 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Playback by John Calhoun)
  • Cinefantastique vol.5 no.1 (Spring 1976) pp.14-22; 15-23
  • Classic Images no.283 (January 1999) pp.41-42 – video review (Video views by John Nangle)
  • Daily Variety 5 October 1973 p.8 – credits (Film production chart)
  • Empire no.190 (April 2005) p.162 – DVD review (RWD: A Boy and His Dog by Kim Newman)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.227 no.1 (29 June 1973) pp.18 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.238 no.25 (9 October 1975) p.9
  • Image et Son no.307 (June/July 1976) pp.88-92
  • Jump Cut no.12/13 (December 1976) pp.14-17
  • The Listener vol.116 no.2987 (20 November 1986) p.32
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.594 (July 1983) p.196 – video review
  • Science Fiction Film and Television vol.1 no.2 (2008) pp.341-360 – DVD review (DVD reviews: A Boy and His Dog by Peter Wright)
  • Starlog no.68 (March 1983) pp.20-21 – illustrated article (Science fiction's finest shaggy-dog story by Ed Naha)
  • Take One vol.4 no.12 (July/August 1974) pp.36-37
  • Variety 26 March 1975 pp.32; 34-35


  • After the World Ends by Claude Gaillard p.23 – illustrated review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.322-323
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.23-24
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena pp.201-202
  • Heroes, Monsters and Values: Science Fiction Films of the 1970sby Michael Berman and R.S. Dalviu (eds.) pp.viii, 34, 136, 189
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.43
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick pp.82-83
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.274
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Handbook by Alan Frank p.25 – credits, review
  • Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson pp.97-104