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This guide contains resources related to the study of the 1982 Fantasy/Sci-Fi film 'Blade Runner' directed by Ridley Scott.


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

SOON to be released late 2017!!! 

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

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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.

The Film

Rating: M         Production Year: 1982      Duration: 1:59:59

Description: Man Has Made His Match... Now It's His Problem. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. Hes a blade runner stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. A visual stunner remastered for improved home presentation, director Ridley Scotts vision of this sci-fi cinema classic intriguingly differs from what 1982 moviegoers saw. This version omits Deckards voiceover narration, develops in greater detail the romance between Deckard and Rachael (Sean Young) and removes the uplifting finale. Most intriguing of all is a newly included unicorn vision that suggests Deckard may be a replicant. The result is a heightened emotional impact: a great film made greater.


Ridley Scott

Film director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Durham, England. He began pursuing his interest in film while in college and went on to work for the BBC, before founding his own commercial production company, Ridley Scott Associates. He also brought on his younger brother, Tony Scott, a director as well, to work with him at RSA. Ridley Scott went on to direct many successful films, including Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator. He was nominated for a directing Academy Award for Thelma & Louise (1991), and was again nominated for both Gladiator (2000) and Black Hawk Down (2001). Other notable films include Matchstick Men (2003), American Gangster (2007), Robin Hood (2010), Prometheus (2012) and the award-winning The Martian (2015).

Based on the novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

Published in 1968, Do Androids Dream? follows Rick Deckard and John Isidore during a particularly trying day in each man's life. A bounty hunter, Rick is tasked with "retiring" six fugitive Nexus-6 androids. As he goes about tracking his prey, Rick begins to question the morality of his work, wondering whether these machines have evolved into something beyond wire and circuitry. Meanwhile, John Isidore houses a colonial fugitive named Pris Stratton, ending his long isolation but bringing him ever closer to crossing paths with a certain bounty hunter. No, not that bounty hunter (though that would be cool).

Shmoop Editorial Team. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Shmoop. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.