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Blade Runner (1982)



Critic Consensus: Misunderstood when it first hit theaters, the influence of Ridley Scott's mysterious, neo-noir Blade Runner has deepened with time. A visually remarkable, achingly human sci-fi masterpiece.

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A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (Joe Turkel), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets. Attacked by another replicant, Leon (Brion James), Deckard is about to be killed when he's saved by Rachael (Sean Young), Tyrell's assistant and a replicant who's unaware of her true nature. In the meantime, Batty and his replicant pleasure model lover, Pris (Darryl Hannah) use a dying inventor, J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson) to get close to Tyrell and murder him. Deckard tracks the pair to Sebastian's, where a bloody and violent final confrontation between Deckard and Batty takes place on a skyscraper rooftop high above the city. In 1992, Ridley Scott released a popular director's cut that removed Deckard's narration, added a dream sequence, and excised a happy ending imposed by the results of test screenings; these legendary behind-the-scenes battles were chronicled in a 1996 tome, Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Harrison Ford
as Rick Deckard
Sean Young
as Rachael
William Sanderson
as J.F. Sebastian
Brion James
as Leon Kowalski, Leon
Joe Turkel
as Tyrell
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Ridley Scott ought to be a set decorator, rather than a director. In Blade Runner, he loses sight of the story while devoting all his attention to decor and lighting. The decor and lighting, it must be admitted, are stupendous.

November 8, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still profound 18 years after its sell-by date, Blade Runner remains worthy of acclaim and analysis even as it exists in a "future" with very little resemblance to the one that came to pass.

November 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Ridley Scott has produced a new vision that is forbidding.

October 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Film noir cubed, science fiction a step beyond 2001.

August 2, 2015 | Full Review…

A masterpiece of dystopian science fiction on film.

August 2, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Too bad the filmmakers didn't try to recapture the modest virtues of the Dick novel, which (despite many flaws of its own) has a humor and humanity that are nowhere felt in 'Blade Runner.

August 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blade Runner

Philip Marlowe isn't too impressed with his job, which is turning off toasters, until one beauty of a toaster saves his life. Can a man fall in love with a toaster? And will the toaster love him back? Ridley Scott's interpretation of the future may be overrated, but is positively thick with noir atmosphere and foreboding. And one of my personal favs.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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"Blade Runner" is the type of bizarre film that you really need to be in the mood to watch. Harrison Ford leads this film as a Blade Runner hired to track down replicants. The main story seems simple enough, and while it is, there is much more going on, most of which is not as interesting. However; the cast puts their heart and soul into these roles, making you really believe that you are watching a futuristic world gone terribly wrong. I love watching "Blade Runner," but there is the complexity of such a simple story that kind of turns me off each time. This film is brilliantly written, beautifully shot, the effects are ahead of it's time, and the direction by Ridley Scott is commendable as always. Watching this film is like taking a step into the worst possible future. That is why I can highly recommend it. It's weird tone and characters will turn some people off, but if you are willing to accept creativity at it's finest, you will enjoy this movie. The picture does drag on a little for me, but it is undeniably a great film. "Blade Runner" is really, really good.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Great noir. The setting was unbelievable and the characters were so 'human'. Too bad she won't live

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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