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Blade Runner Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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

  • Release date:September 9, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Yuricich Best Visual Effects 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Trumbull Best Visual Effects 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Vangelis Best Original Score 1982 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Kaplan Best Costume Design 1982 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jordan S. Cronenweth Best Cinematography 1982 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jordan S. Cronenweth Best Cinematography 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Linda de Scenna Best Art Direction 1982 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Charles Knode Best Costume Design 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Dryer Best Visual Effects 1982 Nominee

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Rick Deckard
Rutger Hauer
as Roy Batty
Sean Young
as Rachael
Edward James Olmos
as Gaff
M. Emmet Walsh
as Harry Bryant
Daryl Hannah
as Pris
William Sanderson
as J.F. Sebastian
Brion James
as Leon
Joe Turkel
as Tyrell
Joanna Cassidy
as Zhora
James Hong
as Chew
Morgan Paull
as Holden
Kevin Thompson
as Bear
Hy Pyke
as Taffey Lewis
Kimiko Hiroshige
as Cambodian Woman
Charles Knapp
as Bartender
Robert Okazaki
as Sushi Master
Charles Knapp
as Bartender
Kimiko Hiroshige
as Cambodian Woman

Crew

Ridley Scott
Director
Bud Yorkin
Producer
Michael Deeley
Producer
David Peoples
Screenwriter
Darryl Ponicsan
Screenwriter
Hampton Fancher
Screenwriter
Jordan S. Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Vangelis
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Rawlings
Editor
Hampton Fancher
Executive Producer
Charles Breen
Set Designer
Peg Cummings
Set Designer
Linda de Scenna
Set Designer
Gregory Pickrell
Set Designer
Thomas Roysden
Set Designer
Louis Mann
Set Designer
Leslie Frankenheimer
Set Decorator
Charles Knode
Costume Designer
Michael Kaplan
Costume Designer
Bud Alper
Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold
First Assistant Director
Mike Fenton
Casting
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Marci Liroff
Casting
Syd Mead
Visual Consultant
Marvin Westmore
Makeup
David Dryer
Special Effects Supervisor
Douglas Trumbull
Special Effects Supervisor
Philip Barberio
Visual Effects
Philip K. Dick
Short Story Author
Richard Yuricich
Special Effects Supervisor
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