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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14 July 2005 | marntfield
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| Timeless
What can be said about this film that hasn't already been covered in preceding decennia? Blade Runner (either version) stands the test of time as an epic story which transcends a disparity of genres, as well as the seminal "dark" sci-fi film which has been mimicked so frequently (to varying degrees of success) since its original release. The interplay of film noir, sci-fi, and what is one of the most philosophically symbolic and academically analyzed narratives of the modern era holds its ground on both visual and cerebral levels even in the face of today's CGI laden blockbusters. The new director's cut, contrary to many cinematic re-hashings, actually serves to clarify many of the more nebulous aspects of the plot and makes a great film even better, arguably allowing it to be modernized and polished for a new generation of viewers who are more picky and yet simultaneously less idealistic. All while sustaining the feeling and flavor of the original. Call it restorative work if you will. The tinny and meandering score by Vangelis is pure 1980s at its most brooding and fits the texture and mood of the film beautifully. Indeed, for many reasons, finding this film in someone's DVD collection makes a true statement about their discriminating and refined taste in movies, and equally their appreciation of film as an artistic medium. I would suggest picking up a reader by someone like Nietzsche, Foucualt, Descartes, Kierkegaard, or any of the great existentialist philosophers after viewing this film in order to appreciate the story & its concepts at a whole new level, regardless if you're watching it for either the 1st, or the 100th time. An enduring classic and an intrepid piece of film-making with rich & often haunting visuals designed to entertain and promote introspection amongst its viewers. 9/10.

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Trivia

Rutger Hauer was offered a driver to get him to the set and back each day, but he was okay with driving himself to cut down on costs. He rented the Cadillac of Maximilian Schell for six months for this purpose.


Quotes

Female announcer over intercom: Next subject: Kowalski, Leon. Engineer, waste disposal. File section: New employee, six days.


Goofs

(at around 47 mins) When the street vendor is examining the snake scale, the serial number she reads out loud doesn't match the number on her video screen (corrected in the 2007 "Final Cut" of the movie; the graphic now matches her dialogue). Additionally, she never removes the scale from the plastic bag in which it resides when Deckard gives it to her. There is no conceivable way that any microscope could produce such a clear image through plastic. We can only guess at advances in plastic and microscope technology by the time the movie is set.


Crazy Credits

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.


Alternate Versions

All U.S video tape releases before January 1993 are the unrated version and contain the extra violence in the Euro-release that's not seen in the 117 minute American theatrical release:

  • When Roy attacks Tyrell we clearly see him pushing his thumbs into Tyrell's eyes, and blood spurting out
  • When Pris (Daryl Hannah) attacks Deckard, she reaches down and grabs him by the nostrils
  • When Deckard shoots Pris, he shoots 3 times instead of 2
  • When Roy pushes the nail through his hand, there is a shot of the nail coming through the skin on the other side.


Soundtracks

Love Theme
(uncredited)
Written by
Vangelis
Saxaphone solo Dick Morrissey

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

25 June 1982

Language

English, German, Cantonese, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Korean


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

London, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,150,002 27 June 1982

Gross USA:

$32,868,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,676,878

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