A Boy and his Dog
I saw this about 25 years ago, on WGN during a sick day one morning, when Don Johnson Mania was running wild. It's from 1975 and probably one of his first starring roles (sorry, if I'm not 100% on my Don Johnson History).
I love post-apocalyptic movies and I love the man/dog connection (well, when it's not being bastardized for slapstick, ala "Turner & Hooch" or "K-9"), so this was etched in my memory after that one random viewing. Decided to finally watch it; as an adult; last night. While I recalled some scenes and elements vividly, I must've been really sick or sleepy when I saw it as a wee lad, because some of the stuff seemed entirely new. Most likely, it was edited for WGN, or else I simply didn't understand some of the concepts.
It's a low budget movie with bad cinematography and bad sound (although the latter might be due to time and not production). Most scenes are so dark and shown at such awful angles, that you really can't tell WHERE they are. But the gimmick and appeal of this flick is the connection between Don Johnson's "Vic" and his telepathic, uber-intelligent mutt, "Blood". The scenes where Vic and Blood are conversing steal the show and I couldn't get enough of them. Johnson does a great job of basically talking to himself. The dog's amazing, too, as his trainer did an equally great job. You really believe that these two are talking to each other.
The plot's somewhat controversial. Vic and Mutt have a symbiosis; due to his enhancements, Blood can't find food and needs Vic to provide for him. In turn, Blood uses his senses to track women for Vic. Vic basically rapes them, but even sicker is that this action seems to be the norm for this world. In an early scene, Vic finds a woman who has been "used" and killed. Vic's not upset at finding a dead body, he's upset that he wasn't in on the train. They also search for their own Never-Never-Land of "Over-the-Hill"-- a place with no radioactivity where the deer and the antelope play.
The duo eventually separates in the movie's saddest scene. Vic runs off to pursue a woman in the subterranean "Downunder" complex. As expected, the movie really begins to lag during their separation.
So while the concepts and gimmick are engrossing, the rest of the movie really isn't. The "action" scenes are either poorly-lit or of no real interest and the "Downunder" segment almost seems like an entirely different movie. It's not great, but in the better half of early 70's sci-fi flicks (pre-George Lucas). I enjoyed it more than "Logan's Run", but not as much as "Silent Running".