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Film Review: ‘Escapes’

20 June 2016 12:54 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone who’s spent an idle hour clicking around the Internet Movie Database knows that the average substantial yet less-than-a-list filmography is serpentine, and full of unpredictable digressions. An idiosyncratic collage-style look at one such career, Michael Almereyda’s “Escapes” examines the films of Hampton Fancher, whose moderately successful acting career over nearly 20 years would ultimately be eclipsed by his first foray into screenwriting: He wrote the original drafts adapting Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” into what became “Blade Runner,” sharing credit in the end with David Webb Peoples. (Fancher was also an executive producer on the film, and his involvement in its forthcoming long-awaited sequel should help expand the audience for”Escapes.”)

The tale of how Fancher came to play a key role developing one of the great sci-fi movie classics emerges almost as an afterthought late in his voiceover narration, which has the »

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