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A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

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Stephen Norrington

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David S. Goyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Blade
Stephen Dorff ... Deacon Frost
Kris Kristofferson ... Whistler
N'Bushe Wright ... Karen
Donal Logue ... Quinn
Udo Kier ... Dragonetti
Arly Jover ... Mercury
Traci Lords ... Racquel
Kevin Patrick Walls Kevin Patrick Walls ... Krieger
Tim Guinee ... Curtis Webb
Sanaa Lathan ... Vanessa
Eric Edwards ... Pearl
Donna Wong Donna Wong ... Nurse
Carmen Thomas Carmen Thomas ... Senior Resident
Shannon Lee ... Resident
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Storyline

In a world where vampires walk the earth, Blade has a goal. His goal is to rid the world of all vampire evil. When Blade witnesses a vampire bite Dr. Karen Jenson, he fights away the beast and takes Jenson back to his hideout. Here, alongside Abraham Whistler, Blade attempts to help heal Jenson. The vampire Quinn who was attacked by Blade, reports back to his master Deacon Frost, who is planning a huge surprise for the human population. Written by Film_Fan

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Taglines:

The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong, pervasive vampire violence and gore, language, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Serbian

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blade, the Vampire Slayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,073,856, 23 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,087,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,183,530
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Karen and Deacon are talking about the cure for vampirism initially ran a bit longer and answered the question of how the vampires would feed if everybody was turned into a vampire. They would keep some humans alive in giant blood bags to harvest them. The bags can still be seen in a doorway during the scene, and later played an integral part of the plot in Blade: Trinity (2004). It was also the underlying plot structure for the movie Daybreakers (2009). See more »

Goofs

During the subway tunnel fight, the subway train takes over 60 seconds to pass by Blade and Quinn. If the train is traveling at 30 mph, then the train would have to be a half-mile long, or 66 train cars at 40 feet per car. A standard subway train is 8 or 10 cars long. See more »

Quotes

Crease: [waving Blade's sword around] Check it out! I've got his pig-sticker!
[He laughs, then screams as the booby-trapped handle springs out, tearing his hand to pieces]
Quinn: You're a fuck-up, Crease!
[All the vampires laugh, Crease included]
Quinn: You're a fuck-up!
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Quinn: "I got his pig-sticker!"
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Crazy Credits

The opening and closing New Line Cinema logos are in red. See more »

Alternate Versions

As of 2017, the SyFy Channel/USA Network cable TV version surprisingly leaves most of the graphic violence intact but omits any F-bombs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Unbreakable (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Dealing with the Roster
Written by Tom Holkenborg and Patrick Ian Tilon
Performed by Junkie XL
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Dark, Dangerous & Pure Fun
19 June 2003 | by BradleyUKSee all my reviews

If you like horror or action watch this film ASAP. If the opening scene doesn't get your adrenaline pumping then someone should check your pulse. Great Action, excellent casting and top one-liners. This is the only film I have seen in a cinema where the crowd applauded each chop, kick & punch thrown. Not perfection but who cares when films can be this much fun. Its a pure rush of dark comic book action. 9/10


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