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The title originates from the science fiction novella Blade Runner (a movie) by William S. Burroughs. According to Wikipedia: The term "blade runner" referred to a smuggler of medical supplies, e.g. scalpels. And according to Focus On: 100 Most Popular United States National Film Registry Films by Wikipedia contributors: Fancher found a cinema ...


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I feel there are two reasons Roy saved Deckard. The first is that, during his final moments, Roy utters his awesome "Tears in the Rain" soliloquy, which extols the wonders of life, and despite its complexity, how utterly fleeting and transitory life is: I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I ...


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It seems that film and book might have different interpretations of this. I really don't remember the book that well, so what do we know about the film interpretation related to off-world travel and distances? All quotes taken from the Blade Runner script. Travel between Earth and at least one colony takes comparatively little time Bryant: There was an ...


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According to David Dryer (the film's Effects Supervisor), the pill she is swallowing is in fact a birth control pill: Scott's intentions with this imagery, as related by special effects supervisor, David Dryer, are revealing; "What happened... was that Ridley and I had a meeting where he told me,'I want a bunch of phony oriental commercials where ...


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The reasons Roy Batty saved Deckard are already covered in another question. As to why he murders Tyrell and Sebastian, it's not explicit, but I think it's possible to infer from context. Batty, as has been mentioned in other answers, is a combat model. His brain is in some sense hard wired to solve problems by killing. However, we know that he can break ...


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Both - but only unknowingly Luv and other mishaps Joi is a known Wallace Corp. product, Luv even mentions I hope the product is to your satisfaction when Joi's ringtone alerts K in the Wallace Corp. headquarters. It is evident also, that Luv was using Joi's trackers to keep tabs on K and the progress of his mission. However, there's no evidence that ...


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Although it's not mentioned in the film itself, there is apparently another source, although the canonicity is dubious (as the book also contradicts aspects of the movie) and subject to change if they ever did a movie sequel. In the licensed novel sequel, Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, there is an explanation that it's an Anglicization of a foreign term ...


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Evidence in the film? Some, but not much. All bad. Roy is described as a Combat model. Optimum self-sufficiency. ("Colonization Defence"). It seems likely that his role was either to put down mutinies amongst the colonists, or to protect the colonists against uprisings by the replicants. Either way it's not a bed of roses up there if they need super-...


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I always interpreted that scene as Roy finally coming to grips with his own mortality and, in his final moments, accepting it instead of fighting against it. Throughout the movie, Roy and the other renegade replicants were trying to find a way to avoid their demise. They ultimately weren't able to. As Roy and Deckard fought at the end of the movie, Roy's ...


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The only manned space vessel that I can find in the novel is in some dialogue (bold added): ‘The issue is not the legality of the bone marrow analysis,’ Eldon Rosen said huskily. ‘The issue is that your empathy delineation test failed in response to my niece. I can explain why she scored as an android might. Rachael grew up aboard Salader 3. She was ...


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Some of the Blade Runner technologies that have come to fruition by 2019... Giant electronic billboards that show full motion video ads. Crosswalk Walk/Don’t Walk indicators that include audio prompts for the visually-impaired. Self-driving cars (borderline). Access to police databases from in-car computer. Voice-interactive computing (but not magical photo ...


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Deckard can't see it; it's non-diegetic, intended for the film audience, but not for the film's characters. Given that we only ever see the 'glowing eyes' effect when the in-universe characters have not acknowledged it, it tells us that this must be a feature that is not apparent to them. Additionally, according to Paul Sammon: Ridley Scott maintains ...


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That line only seems significant because it is being taken out of context. In the scene immediately prior while he is waiting for her, we hear an announcer in the background saying: "Ladies and Gentlemen. Taffy Lewis presents Miss Salomé and the snake. Watch her take the pleasures from the serpent that once corrupted man." The conversation you are ...


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"Why was Philip K Dick so distressed..." Easy answer; he wasn't. If you read Mike Scott's excellent answer, you will see that, although he never saw the completed version, what he did see impressed him significantly enough that he sent a glowingly complimentary letter to the production company, thanking them for their contribution to the field of SciFi, ...


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I don't think it is. The whole dialog goes like below; notice how uneasy Deckard appears to be, unlike Zhora: Deckard: Have you felt yourself to be exploited in any way? Zhora: How do you mean, exploited? Deckard: Well, like to get this job. I mean, did you do, or- or were you asked to do anything lewd or unsavory or otherwise, uh, ...


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Philip K. Dick only saw twenty minutes of the film before his death. According to Dick's close friend and confidante Maer Wilson (who spoke to him daily until his death) Philip Dick never saw the completed film. Philip K. Dick only met Ridley Scott one time – the day Phil was invited to view the special effects months prior to the Blade Runner premiere. ...


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It's a reference to Treasure Island. I didn't know the answer either, so I googled "Mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now, would you boy" and got a ton of results. One of the results is this copy of a book called Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1883). Apparently it's a direct quote from the book: "Marooned three years agone," ...


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Until the events of the film, the replicant Rachel believed herself to be human: DECKARD: She doesn't know. TYRELL: She's beginning to suspect, I think. DECKARD: Suspect? How can it not know what it is? That would include having a normal pain response. If she could put her hand into a pot of boiling water and not react, it would be a rather ...


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When Ana tells her backstory, it seems that her genetic disorder did not blossom until she was 8 years old. Her parents made plans to move off-world, but Ana was not able to come with them because of her disorder. From the way she tells this story, it doesn't seem that the plan all along was to leave Ana behind; rather, her parents planned to bring her with ...


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Wallace killed the Replicant because she was a failure. It's all to do with the context; Niander Wallace was talking about reproductive Replicants and this new one was a failure, so he simply 'retired' her. He's got a 'god complex'. The birthing room img src It looks like this birthing room within his quarters was a bit out of the ordinary, why would he ...


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At the latest, the Blade Runner future had split off by 1982. During Deckerd's video-phone conversation in the bar with Rachel, you can see the Bell Telephone logo on the machine he uses. In real life, on January 8, 1982, Bell System agreed to make itself defunct as a result of anti-monopoly actions by the U.S. federal government against its parent company,...


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I believe that the owls in Futurama are a subtle nod towards Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. As I understand it, Philip K Dick guessed that the first species to be made extinct due to the destruction of the environment would be the owl. So Futurama took the exact opposite approach and said that owls replaced pigeons/rats as the dominant pest of New New ...


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The intent of replicants is to be, a human replication, to the point the best replicants don't even know they are one. This would be subverted if replicants could be easily told apart. The 4 year safeguard is to avoid the Replicants to develop human cognition to the point they can't be detected. So what is the point of replicants in the first place? The 4 ...


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Some good thoughts here, but I will add a simple formulation to the sum. If Tyrell had created nothing more than extremely convincing machines, then it's no great crime to create them to wear out quickly. If he created actual human beings, then it's a terrible crime to create them to live profoundly only to die quickly. The whole question of Blade Runner, ...


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This will be a tricky one, since it's still very early in the release of the movie and most of us don't have a hold of the scripts. Additionally, this entire plot point is shrouded in mystery. Luckily, I watched it two days ago, so the memory is still fresh. Let's hope it's a real memory. Facts The wooden horse spent enough time in Vegas for it to acquire ...


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Roy Batty was an artificial genetically-engineered being (as explained in the opening text), and these artificial beings (replicants) had been engineered to have a four year lifespan in order to prevent them from having time to develop too many of their own "emotional responses". He was approaching the end of that life (as were his companions), which is why ...


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The answer is simple: it's a literary, elegant, way to exactly describe the extremely difficult situation a bladerunner finds themselves in: at all moments they are "on a knife's edge," if you will, between: total disaster, horrible consequences, appalling moral decisions, immediate overwhelming physical danger, in a horribly troubling historical-social ...


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