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Blade Runner (1982)

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A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

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Ridley Scott

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Hampton Fancher (screenplay), David Webb Peoples (screenplay) (as David Peoples) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer ... Roy Batty
Sean Young ... Rachael
Edward James Olmos ... Gaff
M. Emmet Walsh ... Bryant
Daryl Hannah ... Pris
William Sanderson ... J.F. Sebastian
Brion James ... Leon Kowalski
Joe Turkel ... Dr. Eldon Tyrell
Joanna Cassidy ... Zhora
James Hong ... Hannibal Chew
Morgan Paull ... Holden
Kevin Thompson ... Bear
John Edward Allen John Edward Allen ... Kaiser
Hy Pyke ... Taffey Lewis
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Storyline

In the 21st century, a corporation develops human clones to be used as slaves in colonies outside the Earth, identified as replicants. In 2019, a former police officer is hired to hunt down a fugitive group of clones living undercover in Los Angeles. Written by MadMovieManiac

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A chilling, bold, mesmerizing, futuristic detective thriller. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Days See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,150,002, 27 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,000,000
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Runtime:

| (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 .0 Surround)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There are a total of three origami creatures made by Gaff. The first is a chicken, which he makes from plain paper while Deckard is trying to "chicken out", The second is a man, which he makes of a used and discarded paper match (a burning man, as it were) while Deckard is searching Leon's apartment. The third is a silver unicorn, which he makes outside Deckard's apartment while deciding whether to kill Rachael. Later, when arriving on the rooftop after Roy dies, Gaff says to Deckard that it is over, inferring that all five replicants (including Rachael) were dead. Instead of killing her, Gaff decides to let Deckard pursue his dream, symbolized by the third origami creation - a unicorn made not from paper but from silver foil.

The dream is both allegorical and real, as Deckard actually does dream of a unicorn. An unanswered question in the film is that of whether Deckard is human or otherwise. (Rachel asks him if he'd ever taken the Voight-Kampff test and his lack of response might be taken as a no.) It should also be noted that at one point Deckard describes two dreams that were taken from Tyrell's niece and that in Deckard's own dream there was a unicorn, which poses the question: Was Gaff's choice of a unicorn simply symbolic of a quest for something both beautiful and impossible, or was it taken from Deckard's own dream, which would then point to Deckard himself being a replicant? Another clue would have been heard at the end, after Gaff says "You have done a man's job, sir"; an unused part of the shot had Gaff continue by saying "But are you sure you ARE a man?". The humanity of Deckard was left up to the audience to decide. See more »

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[first lines]
Female announcer over intercom: Next subject: Kowalski, Leon. Engineer, waste disposal. File section: New employee, six days.
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One of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time.
25 March 2018 | by NikosMarkantSee all my reviews

Blade Runner is perhaps the best sci-fi film and undoubtedly one of the best films of all time. Along with 2001: A Space Odyssey, it is one of the most philosophical and influential movies ever created, as it conveys a plethora of fundamental questions, which are woven in the very fabric of the human essence and existence. It seems near impossible to imagine a more suitable fusion of two of the most successful genres of all time, Science Fiction and Film Noir. By merging together the moral conflict and the emphatic character arc of the private detective, a trait that is exclusive to and definitive of the Film Noir genre, with a futuristic dystopian environment, Blade Runner creates the ultimate Neo-Noir setting, the only one capable of supporting such strong ideas and posing such significant questions to the viewer, without compromising on an interesting plot development and an appealing pace, things that are masterfully achieved via a tight script and persuasive performances.

In a dark, future dystopian portrait of a 2019 Los Angeles, where humans have alienated themselves with their true nature and claimed the title of god/creator of life, effectively manufacturing artificial intelligence and bioengineering androids, called "Replicants", a retired "Blade Runner" named Rick Deckard is assigned with the undertaking of terminating four rogue such replicants that have illegally returned to Earth in a quest to force their maker, Tyrel, into postponing their grim destiny, basically prolonging their already predetermined four-year lifespan. Their greatest sin, however, is having the audacity of desiring one of the most sought-after values in the history of the human species, the freedom to live as they please. In this uneasy and twisted world, the lines between humanness and machinery are blurred and Deckard is faced with the consequences of the realization that not all is as it seems and there is more to "being-alive" than most believe.

Blade Runner's unique depiction of the future has been imitated numerous times quite unsuccessfully, mostly due to the fact that no other film to this date has managed to create such an engaging atmosphere so beautifully connected to every part of it, effectively enhancing every scene and allowing for a strong conveyance of all the moral and existential questions that are posed during the whole duration. The audience is instantaneously absorbed by the vivid and compelling world depicted in the film, and that's where Ridley Scott succeeds the most, offering a glance into an original and somewhat disturbing reality that might very well be humanity's near future. The cinematography is impeccable, the art direction is gorgeous and along with some of the best visual effects that have ever been used in film-making, creates one of the most realistic and visually stunning environments that have ever graced a motion picture to this day. Vangelis has also composed one of the best and most awe-inspiring scores of all time, effectively managing to capture the very essence of each scene, thus making all sound a significant and inseparable part of the whole cinematic experience that Blade Runner has to offer.

This thorough examination of what it means to be human isn't, thankfully, to no avail, as a careful observant, is forced to question their beliefs and attempt to choose a side on dilemmas that are still discussed by philosophers to this day, such as the traits that define humanity, the relativity that characterizes concepts like right or wrong, good or evil, as well as the meaning of life itself. The moral and existential complexity of this reality that Blade Runner has offered to the world reaches depths unparalleled by the majority of the films available, therefore greatly distinguishing it from all others and thus emphasizing its uniqueness through the most complete portrayal of science fiction to date.


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