Blade Runner is a 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. It depicts a man hunting AWOL replicants, which are humanoid synthetic lifeforms. The setting is a dark, dystopian Los Angeles.

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What is the real age of Roy Batty in the film?

For example: his hair is grey but, what I get from the whole movie, is that he is actually much younger than he appears to be. Does he have the same sickness as J.F. Sebastian?
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How functional is Deckard's apartment in “Blade Runner”?

After about a thousand viewings of "Blade Runner," combined with material like this, this, and this, I'm still struggling to make sense of some of the things I think I see in Deckard's apartment. ...
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Do the androids need to kill their owners in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

I'm writing my BA thesis on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. In the Polish translation of the book, there is an indication that an android needs to kill its owner to get from ...
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Is Priss' death plausible for normal humans?

We have no doubts that Priss is a replicant: we see Deckard read her file, then we see her showing off in front of JF Sebastian, and finally the matter of her death: ...
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Are Replicants actually more empathetic?

I know the explanation for the Voight-Kampff test: Replicants lack empathy, which can be detected by their involuntary physiological responses to certain questions/prompts. But in the movie, it ...
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What exactly does an ESPER machine do?

Has there ever been anything expanding the fiction of Blade Runner's ESPER machines? Otherwise it just appears as a magical future 3D photo exploring device.
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Did J.F. Sebastian work from home?

I know he stated that he "does genetic design work for the Tyrell Corporation", but he also has quite the hobbyist operation going on in his home laboratory. I wonder if he physically travels to the ...
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Accelerated decrepitude due to telomere length in Blade Runner?

PREAMBLE: Before there is debate, let me preface this question by stating that I am indeed aware of the question Why do replicants have a short lifespan? However, none of its answers adequately ...
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If this character from Blade Runner is a replicant, why does he feel pain?

I remember the scene where Sebastian asks the replicants to demonstrate something, and then Pris puts her hand into a boiling water to take an egg without feeling pain and at another point Batty ...
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In Blade Runner, what was the Geisha advertising?

There is an omnipresent blimp drifting lazily above the city...an advertisement with a Geisha plays over and over. What is the advertisement? She appears to be popping a pill at one point.
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In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, why is Rosen corp. trying to stop bounty hunters?

In Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Rosen corporation uses Rachel Rosen to stop all bounty hunters from killing rebel androids. Near the end, Rachel explicitly say she slept with lot of ...
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Why not test androids by asking them to hold their breath?

In Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" we learn that androids can commit suicide by holding their breath: "How'll you kill yourself without it?" Rick asked. "If you fail on the test? ...
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Why did Rick Deckard change his mind about replicants?

And did he really accept them as "humans"? If so why didn't he quit his job?
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Why does Roy Batty kill Tyrell and J.F. Sebastian?

In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty spends the majority of the movie trying to reach Tyrell, his creator. However, once he meets him and Tyrell tells him that he cannot help him, Batty kills ...
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Why was Philip K Dick so distressed at Ridley Scott's adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'?

I have heard this a couple of times now but I don't know the reasoning behind this. I know that the film adaptation of the novel was released shortly before the authors death. Also, if this is the ...
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How did the Millennium Falcon appear in Blade Runner?

What is the story behind that the fact that the Millennium Falcon actually is in the set of Blade Runner? The producers must've known that the audience would recognize and debate it, and such a thing ...
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Can someone explain the end of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? when Deckard goes to Oregon at the end of the novel, what is all that about? Did he have an epiphany? What exactly was the epiphany? Is he ...
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Why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did the Rosen corporation want to discredit the Voight-Kampff test? If the new Nexus 6 types were to be so good and human like that they ...
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Why did Deckard get a citation from his police department?

In Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? why did Deckard get a citation at the end from his police department? Because he retired too many andys in a single day? I thought the police ...
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Could Gaff have known about the unicorn without Deckard being a Replicant?

Or is that supposed to cinch it? He appears to take the revelation rather calmly, doesn't he?
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Why is it so hard to detect Replicants?

In Blade Runner (1982), Deckard used the Voight-Kampff test to detect Replicants. This complicated test verified if their emotional response was appropriate. But they also displayed superhuman ...
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What is a “Plutition Camp”? [closed]

Okay, we're deep blue inside baseball here. In the original Blade Runner script, Batty's valedictory speech goes like this: “I’ve known adventures, seen places you people will never see, I’ve ...
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Why does Roy Batty save Deckard from falling?

At the end of Blade Runner why does Roy Batty catch Deckard as he is about to fall? I have always assumed that it was perhaps the realization of his own imminent demise that caused his actions. I was ...
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Why did they name the movie “Blade Runner”?

I just finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and I found it interesting that Deckard was always described as a bounty hunter never as a blade runner or anything similar. What exactly ...
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If Deckard is not who he seems to be, how is it that he is hunting the other replicants?

How did it come to be that Deckard started hunting the other replicants?
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What version of Blade Runner should I watch first?

I have the Blade Runner Five-Disc Blu-Ray and it comes with a variety of different versions of the film. I'm not sure which version would be appropriate for my first viewing of the film - Theatrical ...
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Are the owls in Futurama a backwards reference to Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Owls in Futurama are so numerous and plentiful that they are considered a pest. Conversely, the electric owl in Blade Runner represents something beautiful that no longer exists. And in a larger sense,...
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Difference between science fiction/fantasy and futurism according to Philip K. Dick

In this letter from Philip K. Dick to The Ladd Company, he references a Harrison Ford interview where he says that that Blade Runner is not fantasy nor science fiction, but futurism. What's did he ...
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Why do replicants have a short lifespan?

In Blade Runner the replicants have a limited lifespan, which is of course a key part of the film. When Deckard and Bryant are talking, Bryant states the short lifespan was deliberately built in to ...
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What is the drink Deckard has in the bar (Blade Runner)?

In the movie, Deckard is shown to have a drink in a bar. The drink seemed to have worms under the glass. Is there a sci-fi explanation for that drink?
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Why is the future LA full of chinese in Blade Runner?

In the movie Blade Runner, the future Los Angeles(2019) is depicted as having lots of chinese people and chinese influence. Why is that the case?
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In Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, is Deckard a replicant?

I have watched different versions the movie and read the book a number of times, and I still can't decide: was Deckard a replicant? I know that he has an emotional reaction to the question of he feels ...
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How “hard” is the science behind the genetics mentioned in Blade Runner?

How accurately does the science in Blade Runner reflect the current understanding of genetics?
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Significance of the origami Deckard found in Blade Runner

What was the significance of the origami figure Deckard found at the end of Blade Runner? What could it have symbolized?
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Did Philip Dick watch Blade Runner before his death?

Was Philip K. Dick able to watch a complete version of "Blade Runner" before his death or just unedited material? The "Blade Runner" release date according to Wikipedia and IMDB was 25 June, 1982. ...