Classic Dystopian Tales

Hollywood has been in the business of telling chilling tales for decades, real or imagined, that show parts of the world in chaos, men and women living in an out-of-order environment, where anarchy abounds, and sometimes forces a civilization to behave insanely inhumane to each other.

This week, presents four dystopian tales from our classic movie archives – one based on fantasy, and the other three based on documented history: Here is 1975’s A Boy and His Dog with Don Johnson; 1987’s Deadline with Christopher Walken; 1985’s Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil; and 1960’s Two Women with Sophia Loren.

Each brilliant, each poignant, and each worth seeing again.

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A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog is the L. Q. Jones 1975 Sci-Fi Dramedy starring Don Johnson, Jason Robards and Suzanne Benton in which a doomed teenager, foraging the post-apocalyptical desert of 2024, is seduced by a girl from the underground for some other-worldly purposes.


Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.

Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil

Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil is the 1985 Jim Goddard war drama starring John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge, Carroll Baker, Jose Ferrer and Tony Randall telling the story of two brothers who grow up in the Great Depression of the Weimar Republic, witness the coming to power of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) and the establishment of the Third Reich.

Two Women

Two Women is a 1960 Italian war drama directed by Vittorio De Sica and stars Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Eleonora Brown. Two Women tells the poignant story of a devout mother and daughter who, when forced to leave Rome under attack by the Allied forces, fall for the same man and are attacked and assaulted by soldiers. They struggle to overcome the tragedy that changes them both forever. Ms. Loren won an Academy Award for her magnificent performance.