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 in Blade Runner (1982)
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Trivia

Ridley Scott initially toyed with the idea of setting the film in the fictional city of San Angeles; as if San Francisco and Los Angeles had become one massive population center. This idea was used in Demolition Man (1993).


Quotes

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


Goofs

When we see Deckard waiting for his noodles, he is reading that day's newspaper. Later in Leon's apartment, the same newspaper is seen in one of the drawers, except it is old and soiled, as if it has been there for years. We know they are the same since both newspapers have the same headline about farming on the moon.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence features a detailed, dictionary-style definition of the word Replicant.


Alternate Versions

After the success of the Workprint screenings in 1991, Warner Bros began to prepare a technically updated version of the 70mm workprint to release as the "Director's Cut", but Ridley Scott and Michael Arick quickly prepared a revised theatrical version without narration, without the happy ending, and with the addition of the unicorn vision. However, Scott was in post production on 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and in preproduction on Thelma & Louise (1991), and he was unable to devote all his time to the project. As such, Scott always felt that even this altered version of the film, fell short of his true intentions, something he was finally able to rectify with the 2007 Final Cut. The main differences between the Director's Cut and the US Theatrical Cut include:

  • the Director's Cut completely deletes all Deckard voice-overs
  • while Deckard waits for a seat at the noodlebar, the voice from the advertising blimp goes on longer than in the original version (to fill the void from the missing voice over) and adds the phrase "This announcement is brought to you by the Shimata-Dominguez Corporation -- helping America into the New World."
  • there is a 12 second scene showing a unicorn while Deckard plays the piano
  • the happy ending is gone, instead the film ends when the elevator doors close.


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Tales of the Future
(uncredited)
Written by
Vangelis
Performed by Demis Roussos

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