Blade Runner

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Blade Runner
Directed byRidley Scott
Produced byMichael Deeley
Screenplay by
Based onDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
Music byVangelis
CinematographyJordan Cronenweth
Edited by
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • June 25, 1982 (1982-06-25)
Running time
117 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[2][3]
Hong Kong[4]
Budget$30 million[5]
Box office$32.9 million[6]

Blade Runner is a 1982 American-Hong Kong dark science fiction movie directed by Ridley Scott and written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples. It was based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Blade Runner's main actors are Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos and Daryl Hannah.

Plot[change | change source]

The movie takes place in humid rainy climate changed Los Angeles in November 2019 when artificial human adults called "replicants" come to Earth. As replicants are not allowed on Earth anymore after some of them had attacked humans, police officers called "Blade Runners" hunt down and kill them on Earth. Rick Deckard is forced to hunt down some replicants in Los Angeles.

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 United States 25 June 1982
 Japan 3 July 1982
 Spain 21 August 1982
 United Kingdom 9 September 1982
 Sweden 10 September 1982
 France 15 September 1982
 Denmark 24 September 1982
 Finland 1 October 1982
 Greece 1 October 1982
 Ireland 1 October 1982
 Italy 14 October 1982
 West Germany 14 October 1982
 Argentina 21 October 1982
 Peru 28 October 1982
 Mexico 11 November 1982
 Netherlands 11 November 1982
 Australia 16 December 1982
 Hong Kong 22 December 1982
 Brazil 25 December 1982
 Norway 28 January 1983
 Portugal 25 February 1983
 Colombia 16 March 1983
 Uruguay 16 June 1983
 Hungary 23 June 1988
 Turkey 28 May 1993

Response[change | change source]

Some movie critics did not like Blade Runner because they thought it was slow, but others liked its many ideas. The movie did not sell many tickets in North American movie theaters but was more popular in other countries. Even though it did not make much money, it was liked very much by teachers and science fiction fans. Blade Runner looked good and made the future look very dark and old. The movie showed important ideas of the 21st century such as globalization and genetic engineering. Blade Runner is an important example of cyberpunk and people believe it has changed the world and affected many cultures. Blade Runner made Hollywood interested in stories written by Philip K. Dick.

Versions[change | change source]

Seven versions of Blade Runner exist because of changes made by different people. The producers took Scott's cut and changed some things about it, which Scott did not like. In 1992, Scott released a Director's Cut version, which was made very fast. It cut the ending of the movie and removed the voice-over. Warner Bros. released the Final Cut, a new 25th anniversary version of the movie, in October 2007. It features some new scenes and removes some of the visible special effect.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Blade Runner". British Board of Film Classification. May 27, 1982. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. "Blade Runner". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on November 6, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  3. "Blade Runner". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 6, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  4. "Blade Runner (1982)". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. Gray, Tim (June 24, 2017). "'Blade Runner' Turns 35: Ridley Scott's Unloved Film That Became a Classic". Variety. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  6. "Blade Runner (1982)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 8, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.