In the early twenty-first century, the Tyrell Corporation, during what was called the Nexus phase, developed robots, called "replicants", that were supposed to aid society, the replicants which looked and acted like humans. When the superhuman generation Nexus 6 replicants, used for dangerous off-Earth endeavors, began a mutiny on an off-Earth colony, replicants became illegal on Earth. Police units, called "blade runners", have the job of destroying - or in their parlance "retiring" - any replicant that makes its way back to or created on Earth, with anyone convicted of aiding or assisting a replicant being sentenced to death. It's now November, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rick Deckard, a former blade runner, is called out of retirement when four known replicants, most combat models, have made their way back to Earth, with their leader being Roy Batty. One, Leon Kowalski, tried to infiltrate his way into the Tyrell Corporation as an employee, but has since been able to escape. ...Written by
When the movie aired on ITV in the UK on August 12th 1992, it was preceded by Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. Both Harrison Ford and Christopher Lee starred in the Star Wars movies. Harrison Ford played Han Solo and Christopher Lee played Count Dooku. See more »
(at around 42 mins) The note that Deckard plays on the grand piano is not the note we hear.
Deckard hits A4 (440hz) but the note that is heard - that leads into Vangelis' "Love Theme from Blade Runner" - is actually an Ab5 (831hz). Love Theme from Blade Runner is written in Db Major and the Ab5 is a beautiful intro note to the song. See more »
Female announcer over intercom:
Next subject: Kowalski, Leon. Engineer, waste disposal. File section: New employee, six days.
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In the "happy ending" Theatrical/International cuts, the credits play over the gorgeous scenery. In later Director/Final cuts, they play over a normal black background. See more »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. Some of the missing scenes include:
Bryant's line "Don't be an asshole Deckard" was changed to "Don't be an ass Deckard".
The word "Christ" was cut from Byrant's line "Christ Deckard, you look almost as bad as that skin job you left on the sidewalk"
The word "goddamn" was cut from Bryant's line "He's a goddamn one man slaughter house."
All scenes showing Zhora's breasts have been removed.
Roy's line, "I want more life fucker/father" was changed to "I want more life".
Roy's murder of Tyrell is much shorter than in all other versions.
The fight between Pris and Deckard is heavily edited; all shots of Pris thrashing on the ground after being shot were cut, as were all the scenes where Deckard's head is trapped between her legs.
good atmosphere/ production design, but everything else was weak
This movie is obscenely over rated. It is clear that ALL the attention was given to the production design and overall look to the film, as the script (no matter the 'version') is awful. For a film so raved about by nearly every critic, the plot is cookie cutter and drab. The pacing is, well, there simply isn't any pacing. It is S L O W. The characters are completely uninteresting and the film isn't deep or genuinely philosophical enough to warrant the attention it asks us to pay. There are many parts that are simply goofy and unintentionally funny, like when Rutger Hauer pops his head through the wall towards the end and says something silly, or when Darryl Hannah could have killed Deckard but instead decides to back up and then do a bunch of goofy gymnastics flips in order to give him time to pick up his gun and blow her "guts" out. It is one of my best friend's favorite films and it took a lot out of me to hold my tongue while watching it with him.
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