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At a science-fiction convention, there was a pre-release screening of this film. At the end, when writer Harlan Ellison came on stage and invited comments, the most common one was that the portion of the movie taking place in "The Underground" was really slow-moving (a polite way of saying "boring"). Ellison was very defensive about this and responded to the effect that The Underground was a boring, stultifying place and the movie was intended to convey that. The audience did not find this to be a satisfying answer.
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One of the reasons the film now enjoys cult status is because of its blackly comic last line. Ironically, Harlan Ellison hated this and actively campaigned to have it removed.
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According to "Cult Movies 2," a sequel was planned called "A Girl And His Dog," but the dog died shortly after the movie's release.
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One of the many post-apocalyptic movies to heavily influence the critically acclaimed video game series "Fallout," which began with Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997). A recurring event throughout the series is to have a canine companion named Dogmeat, which is what Vic called Blood as an insult. Also, underground civilizations are existent within the Fallout series--as they are in this film--in the form of what they call "Vaults." Vaults have since become a prime selling point of the Fallout series.
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Ray Manzarek (as Ray Manzarec), keyboardist from The Doors, was a musician on this movie.
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Tim McIntire, who performed the voice of "Blood", sang the main title song, "A Boy and His Dog."
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After about 600 auditions, Tim McIntire (who was also the film's composer) landed the voice part of Blood.
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James Cagney was considered for the voice of Blood, but the idea was dropped because Cagney's fame would have been a distraction from the character.
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Throughout the movie, Vic carries a civilian-model bolt-action Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle and a Webley Break-Top Revolver. Both weapons were designed over 100 years ago and were made and widely used in Europe.
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"Once more into the breach, dear friend", said by Blood, is taken from William Shakespeare's "Henry V": "Once more into the breach, dear friends!"
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The screenplay was started by Harlan Ellison, who wrote the novella on which it is based. Ellison encountered writer's block, and so producer Alvy Moore and director L.Q. Jones took over and finished the script. Ellison praised the film after its premiere, to the relief of Moore, but there are rumors that he later condemned the film.
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The wasteland that Blood and Vic inhabit is supposed to be the devastated ruins of Phoenix, AZ. This may be a sly bit of humor as the survivors have "risen from the ashes" like the mythical Phoenix.
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The trailer was done in the exact style as the trailer for Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971).
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This film is the inspiration behind George Miller's Australian dystopian-action film franchise "Mad Max".
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When Vic first spots Quilla June Holmes at the makeshift movie theatre, wedding music is heard in the film playing on the projector.
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Vic is a Caucasian male who was born in 2006, his hair color is dirty blonde, his eyes are blue-green, his height is 5'10" (177 cm) and his shoe size is 10 (US) / 41½ (EU)
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The film takes place in 2024.
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