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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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Webb Peoples, Hampton Fancher, Darryl Ponicsan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures


Harrison Ford
as Rick Deckard
Sean Young
as Rachael
William Sanderson
as J.F. Sebastian
Hy Pyke
as Taffey Lewis
Kimiko Hiroshige
as Cambodian Woman
Robert Okazaki
as Sushi Master
Carolyn De Mirjian
as Sales Woman
Kelly Hine
as Showgirl
Charles Knapp
as Bartender
Rose Mascari
as Bar Patron
Sharon Hesky
as Bar Patron
Steve Pope
as Policeman
Hiro Okazaki
as Policeman
Robert Reiter
as Policeman
Joe Turkel
as Dr. Eldon Tyrell
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Critic Reviews for Blade Runner

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (22)

Film noir cubed, science fiction a step beyond 2001.

Full Review… | August 2, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 2, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The contradictions that plague the movie are apparent from the outset.

Full Review… | August 2, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

This is perhaps the only science-fiction film that can be called transcendental.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

As a display terminal for the wizardry of Designers Lawrence G. Paull, Douglas Trumbull and Syd Mead, the movie delivers.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Paradoxically, Scott's crowded, misty, neon streetscape seems even murkier; fuzz I chalked up to VHS tapes is production designer Lawrence G. Paull dumping ashtrays in the air.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blade Runner

"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

Super Reviewer


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

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' is not only a sci-fi classic, but a classic neo-noir as well. The pace is slow, but an engaging climax, built alongside amazing production design is what makes 'Blade Runner' such a masterpiece. It's themes run deep, crafting a tale that requires its audience to think rather than just experience. The voiceovers are completely unnecessary as well, and kind of trample on the essence of the film, but later cuts of the film are devoid of them. 'Blade Runner' requires patience, but it is not hard to see why this film is praised as a classic for two different genres.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Blade Runner Quotes

Batty: Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave.
– Submitted by Paul P (11 days ago)
Roy Batty: Not very sporting to fire on an unarmed opponent. I thought you were supposed to be good. Aren't you the "good" man? C'mon, Deckard. Show me what you're made of.
– Submitted by Daniel K (2 years ago)
Rick Deckard: Replicants are like any other machine, are either a benefit or a hazard. If they're a benefit it's not my problem.
– Submitted by Jorge S (2 years ago)
Gaff: It's too bad she won't live, but then again who does?
– Submitted by Justin F (2 years ago)

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