Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Plot: Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four replicants commit a bloody mutiny on the Off World colony, Deckard is called out of retirement to track down the androids.
It may be a major point of contention with sci-fi fans, but to director Ridley Scott the answer is clear: Yes, Blade Runner Rick Deckard is a replicant. In the director’s cut (not the original theatrical version), there’s a short scene where Deckard daydreams about a unicorn; later, near the end of the film, Gaff (Edward James Olmos) leaves an origami unicorn for Deckard to find.
While Scott’s long been clear on his interpretation of Deckard as a replicant, Ford takes the opposite viewpoint, preferring to think of his character as human.
Blade Runner is (loosely) based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.
Blade Runner has a curse of its own … on the businesses whose logos appear in the film. Atari, Pan Am, RCA, Cuisinart, and Bell Phones all suffered severe business problems in the years shortly after Blade Runner’s release, as did Coca-Cola, whose 1985 “New Coke” experiment was less than successful. Members of the Blade Runner production team refer to this as the “product-placement Blade Runner curse.”
Young and Ford never clicked; Ridley Scott is said to have talked Young through her performance. During the sex scene, Scott told Ford to push Young against the window ledge and because she wasn't expecting it, Young cried. She said that Ford turned around and dropped his pants, mooning her, to make her laugh.
In an interview, Ridley Scott said he'd rather work with English crews than American, because when he'd ask for something, they would just say "Yes, gov'nor, and go get it." This so upset the crew that they got t-shirts made-up and wore them on set; the shirts read: "Yes, gov'nor, my ass." In response, Scott wore a shirt that read "Xenophobia sucks."
The narration was originally inserted at the behest of Warner Bros. studio executives, who said audiences wouldn’t be able to follow the plot otherwise.
Dustin Hoffman was the early favourite to play Deckard before Ford.
The surreal “Tears in the Rain” soliloquy by Rutger Hauer’s dying replicant leader Roy Batty was entirely improvised. Thinking the soliloquy in the script was overblown, Hauer cut out several lines and added in the most famous one of all himself: “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”
During the scene where Daryl Hannah meets sympathetic genetic designer J.F. Sebastian (William Sanderson), Pris is seen slipping on the pavement as she runs away and smashing her elbow through a car window. Hannah’s slip was a genuine mistake and the car window was made of real glass; though she gamely carried on with the take, the actress had in fact chipped her elbow in eight places. Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/the-movies-blog/10-things-you-never-knew-about-blade-runner-759354#xhkASIrGyL4Kecw8.99