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For the 1982 film directed by Ridley Scott, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. To be used in conjunction with the [blade-runner-series] tag. For the 2017 sequel, use the [blade-runner-2049] tag. Use with the [do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep] tag if your question is about both the movie and the novel it's based on.

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In which version of Blade Runner (1982) did Gaff say this alternate dialogue at the end of the movie?

By the end of the movie Blade Runner (1982), the following conversation happens between Gaff and Deckard: Gaff: You've done a man's job, sir! I guess you're through, huh? Deckard: Finished. However, ...
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What kind of gun did Leon use to shoot Holden in Blade Runner?

Early in the film, Dave Holden, a Blade Runner, administers the Voight-Kampff test to the replicant Leon. Leon shoots Holden before the test is finished. I have questions: How did Leon get a gun into ...
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After the Voight-Kampff, but before the Baseline test, is there any other way to detect Replicants in 2030s?

As replicants were improved, it's my understanding that the Voight-Kampff test ceased to be an effective tool. We see that by 2049 they are using the Baseline test. Any thoughts (or knowledge) on if ...
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Is Nandez (Wood Harris) a Blade Runner in Blade Runner 2049?

What do we know about Nandez from Blade Runner 2049? He's with K in the police coroner's office scene. Clearly LAPD, but is he a Blade Runner?
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Who are all the known Blade Runners?

In anticipation of the upcoming release of the Blade Runner RPG, I'm becoming as much of a BR completist as I can (books, games, comics, etc). As I go through this, I want to create a list of all ...
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Why would Rachael be hunted?

It seems like Tyrell (and he is still alive when she talks to Deckard about fleeing) would easily be able to protect her. I don't think he would have allowed Deckard to administer the VK test if he ...
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Why doesn't Deckard know basic details about Replicants?

Obviously, the effect is to inform the audience but Deckard acts as if some of the information he's being given by Bryant is completely new to him, for example that they have a 4-year lifespan and ...
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Was Tyrell lying about not being able to extend the lifespan of his Nexus 6 replicants?

Could Tyrell have been telling the truth and it was a breakthrough that allowed extended lifespans which we see in 2049? If he was lying, is the idea possibly that as replicants aged they became less ...
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Lifespan of Rachael and other Replicants?

Sort of an obvious question: How can the Replicant leader have lived from the birth of the baby until now? Did Wallace start making a new variety of Replicants while Rachael was still alive? I guess ...
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What made Deckard a good Blade Runner?

Bryant made it clear: he specifically wanted Deckard to work on the case. Bryant: [Holden is] not good enough, not good as you. I need you, Deck. This is a bad one, the worst yet. I need the old ...
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Was Rachael enabled/designed to reproduce?

I'm a bit confused, since reading the book and watching the movies and shorts makes me wonder if Rachael was, from the start, able to get pregnant. Because if she is, then it means the technology and ...
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Why did Zhora hit Deckard?

Deckard weasels his way into Zhora's dressing room with a fiendish ruse, claiming to be an 'inspector for the American Federation of Variety Artists'. She listens patiently to his babble for a short ...
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Why create Rachael in Blade Runner?

In the movie, it is stated that Replicants were designed to live for four years. The stated rationale behind this is that the longer the Replicants live, the more human they become, and it would be ...
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How many questions do Blade Runners usually ask during a Voight-Kampff test?

In the original Blade Runner Deckard asks Rachel over a hundred questions before he confirms she's a replicant. However, Rachel is implied to be a special case. When administering the Voight-Kampff ...
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Why hunt replicants?

There’s been at least 4 or 5 years since I saw the movie so it may be there and I don’t remember. I don’t understand the whole purpose of hunting Replicants. For the most part they seem to be hiding ...
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What are all the known questions that have been asked as part of a Voigt-Kampff test?

For the past few weeks, I have been looking for a list of all the known the questions (or statements) to have been asked as part of a Voigt-Kampff test (or Voight-Kampff as they say in the first ...
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What does the big green eye in Blade Runner 2049 mean?

The big eye in the original film (the opening shot) was a Big Brother thing, according to Ridley Scott. Orwell's 1984. All-seeing and yet invisible. That's why Tyrell's building is a truncated pyramid ...
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How does a Mood Organ work?

The opening passage to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? reads: A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard. From this ...
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What was the population of Los Angeles in "Blade Runner 2049"?

In Blade Runner (set in 2019), Deckard mentioned that Los Angeles had 106 million inhabitants. Was the population of Los Angeles ever mentioned in Blade Runner 2049 and if not, is an estimation ...
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How old was Rick Deckard in the original "Blade Runner"?

Replicants in the original movie had a 4-year time span. Roy Batty was activated on January 8th, 2016. With the movie occurring in November 2019, his time was almost over. You almost wonder if he knew ...
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What is the significance of Roy Batty's fingernails in "Blade Runner" (1982)?

I just rewatched Blade Runner and noticed there are multiple shots of Roy Batty's fingernails, which are very short as if they've been chewed or picked at excessively. Is this just included to show ...
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Zhora asks Deckard: "Are you for real?" Was this meant to be significant?

Just saw a video which highlights this line: Was this meant to be significant? To clarify, I am in no way implying that Zhora meant anything other than, "Are you ...
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How did Roy Batty know Deckard's name?

In the 1982 film Blade Runner, a group of six humanoid androids (referred to as "replicants") have violently rebelled against their masters and escaped to Earth in search of a means of prolonging ...
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Which 2019 technologies were correctly predicted by Blade Runner?

We’re finally in 2019, the year in which Blade Runner — Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 science fiction film — is set. Which technologies that exist in 2019 (at least as prototypes) were ...
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In 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', why does Deckard need to apply the Voight-Kampff test at all?

I've seen Blade Runner many times but I'm currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for the first time and I find myself wondering something I've never considered before: Why does Deckard ...
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Is there an official reason for the change in spelling of Roy's surname?

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Roy’s surname is spelt Baty. In Blade Runner the spelling is Batty. I’ve found a lot of sites that simply note the difference, but none of them give a reason ...
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In Blade Runner why is Earth in such decay vs Offworlds that are (apparently) much better? [duplicate]

In Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 some of the primary uses of replicants are for offworld colonies. Any explanation on the situation of Earth vs Offworlds?
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How are the off-world colonies reached in Blade Runner?

From references only from the 1982 Blade Runner movie and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? is there any indication how the science works to reach the "off-world colonies"? Especially for colonies ...
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Is true mind reading possible in the Blade Runner stories?

Officer K asks Dr. Ana Stelline if a particular memory of his is real or implanted. Stelline: Now think about the memory you want me to see. Not even that hard. Just ...
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How did Leon Kowalski escape the Tyrell corporation after his Voigt-Kampff Test?

In the original Blade Runner, a blade runner named Holden administers the Voigt-Kampff test, which is designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions. The ...
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Why are the new replicants in Blade Runner 2049 allowed to exist?

The opening scroll says that replicants were outlawed, but Wallace created a new line that always obeys, so they were allowed to exist again. But we see that they do NOT obey--both Luv and K ...
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Why did Deckard continue to track alone?

Given Deckard was initially recruited by the police department because they wanted to "keep things quiet", why would he continue to track the remaining replicants alone? Specifically, If it is ...
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Why did Deckard have to terminate the replicants?

I feel like I missed an important point at the beginning of the film. I remember Deckard initially denying the job but when he tries to walk out he says something to the effect of "No choice then, huh?...
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What is the timeline of the creation of the replicants who figure in "Blade Runner 2049"?

In the original Blade Runner, of course, the replicants' lifespan is quite limited. But we meet replicants in the sequel who are (at least) twenty some odd years old, and possibly older. In particular,...
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Is being a Blade Runner a full time job?

In the opening text of Blade Runner 2049, we are told that Blade Runners are those who hunt down rogue replicants. Many older model replicants - Nexus 8s with open-ended lifespans - survived. They ...
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Do all Nexus-6 replicants have enhanced strength?

The opening text to Blade Runner says that the Nexus-6 replicants have enhanced strength. The Nexus-6 replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the ...
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How does Deckard know whose memories were implanted, and what those memories were?

In the original Blade Runner, Deckard is surprised when he's told that Apparently, the idea of a replicant with memories is new to him. Yet just a short time later, he not only tells her that those ...
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Why would Niander Wallace or Eldon Tyrell want Replicants to do this?

This is from the movie, Blade Runner 2049. Why would Niander Wallace want replicants to reproduce? As a businessman, his goal is to make money by selling replicants. If replicants can reproduce, then ...
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Why would Tyrell allow a dangerous replicant like Roy Batty to visit him?

In Blade Runner, Eldon Tyrell allows an employee to bring a dangerous soldier replicant to Tyrell's personal apartment. Why would he allow that? He knew Roy Batty was a super soldier replicant. Very ...
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Does it matter which version of the original Blade Runner I've watched if I want to watch Blade Runner 2049?

I recently watched the original Blade Runner movie as I wanted to be up-to-date when the Blade Runner 2049 movie came out. However, after watching, I've since learned that there are multiple versions ...
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Why aren't replicants created with some distinctive feature in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, they have enough knowledge of genetics to be able to create replicants, life forms nearly identical to humans. They then have trouble identifying them among humans. Why can't (or don'...
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Why would Zhora be in Rachael's childhood photos?

The Tyrell Corporation has gone through a lot of trouble to construct Rachael's background, going so far as to implant real memories from Tyrell's niece. Part of this background are photos from her "...
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Why doesn't Deckard just identify replicants by their glowing eyes?

In the film Blade Runner (1982), Rick Deckard hunts realistic androids called replicants. According to Jordan Cronenweth, Blade Runner's (genius) director of photography, One of the identifying ...
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Are the off-world colonies really a "golden land of opportunity"?

In Blade Runner, there seems to be quite a marketing campaign for emigration to the off-world colonies, e.g., "A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies, a chance to begin again in a ...
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Why (in universe) are blade runners called blade runners?

We all know that a blade runner is a detective who hunts down replicants. There is an interesting out-of-universe story of how that name arose during production of the movie.1 However, is there any ...
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What keeps a replicant from realizing it has superhuman abilities?

Replicants, particularly combat models like Roy Batty, are advertised as having abilities that far surpass regular humans. On top of increased strength and reflexes, some replicants also either don't ...
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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"? [closed]

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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Is Priss' death plausible for normal humans? [closed]

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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