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A 1982 science-fiction movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. Loosely based on Philip K. Dick novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'

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Why do both Batty and Kowalski talk about 'living in fear' and 'time to die' when fighting Deckard?

Why do both Batty and Kowalski talk about 'living in fear' and 'time to die' when fighting Deckard in Blade Runner? Is it just a coincidence? Its just to tell that replicants are angry at living in ...
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What caused the “blackout” in Blade Runner 2049?

In Blade Runner 2049 there was mentioning of a "blackout" after the first Blade Runner film that caused a lot of problem for humans to determine Replicants' records and keeping their track. But ...
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Is there anyone who we can be sure is human in Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049?

In both Blade Runner and its sequel, it is hard to be sure who is or is not a replicant. Certainly there are some characters who are definitely replicants. However is there anyone, in either film, ...
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Why make replicants so hard to detect?

Are there any reasons that Tyrell/Wallace would make replicants indistinguishable from humans? I can understand that they want to imitate the human form, but it seems extremely impractical to make ...
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Blade Runner. Why the mixed reverence for creatures?

In ...Electric Sheep it is clear that everyone has great reverence for actual living creatures on Earth. In the films, Rachel's Voight-Kampff answer "I'd kill [the wasp]" is the expected human answer....
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Are there allusions to Blade Runner in Alias?

I am rewatching the Bad Robot TV series Alias. I'm on season five with the episode titled The Horizon. There is a scene that features Kelly Payton (Amy Acker) whom has now taken over operations for ...
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How did the term “skinjob” come about?

In the Blade Runner films a common derogatory term for replicants is "skinjob", apparently also contracted to "skinner" in 2049 (maybe in 2019 already, too). It is, however, not entirely clear to me ...
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Blade Runner Photos Significance and photo from Rachael

In the original Blade Runner, I notice photographs really have significance for Replicants. Both for example Leon having photographs in his drawers when Deckard goes to investigate his apartment and ...
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Are glowing eyes of Replicants only meant for audience?

In Blade Runner, they show many time that Replicants eyes glows in unusual way: Was it just for audience to indicate they are a Replicant or it's part of their cyborgish structure? Because how can ...
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Why does Roy Batty die in 2019?

Roy Batty's incept date was 8 January 2016. Here's the proof: So if he has a 4-year lifespan, then why does he die in 2019, when the movie is taking place? Is this a plot-hole? Or does the movie ...
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Why are they called Blade Runners? What does it mean?

In Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), the special police task force who hunt down and kill replicants are called Blade Runners, just like the movie title. It's a cool name, but they ...
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Why is it always raining in Blade Runner universe (Los Angeles)? [duplicate]

Is there any explanation or background information that connects climate related changes with the timeline in Blade Runner? There have been sprinkled info related to nuclear war, massive solar farms (...
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Is it necessary to watch the Blade Runner short films before Blade Runner 2049 to understand the story?

I am planning to watch Blade Runner 2049 soon, and I'm going to watch the original Blade Runner (1982) film soon, too, to prepare for this film, but what about the three short films made in the same ...
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What exactly is a Replicant?

Now that Blade Runner 2049 came out, my perception of what a replicant is has been completely blurred. To start off, the first Blade Runner established that Replicants are bio-engineered robots. So I ...
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Why are both Blade Runner films largely shot in darkness?

I watched both the Blade Runner movies today. A few significant things I come across were that 90% of both of the movies' scenes are night scenes. Why did both the directors choose to direct so many ...
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Do I need to watch Blade Runner before watching Blade Runner 2049?

I haven't watched the Blade Runner movie before. Nonetheless, I already got my tickets for the Blade Runner 2049 for Thursday screening. My question is, do I need to watch the original to understand ...
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Which version of Blade Runner is Blade Runner 2049 a sequel of?

I realise that this is a somewhat pedantic question, but: is it known precisely which version of Blade Runner (US theatrical release, international theatrical release, Director's Cut, Final Cut...) is ...
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Why does Gaff spare Rachael's life?

In Blade Runner, I never understood why Gaff spares Rachael's life. The only thing he says about Rachael is: It's too bad [Rachael] won't live... but then again who does? This doesn't really help ...
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What did the Origami Chicken and the Matchstick Man represent in “Blade Runner”? [duplicate]

In Blade Runner, Gaff is a rather dark, mysterious figure, who throughout the film, lays down 3 pieces origami - a paper chicken, a matchstick man, and a unicorn made of gum-wrappers. The unicorn is a ...
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What specifically happened when Holden was killed in Blade Runner?

So in the scene where Leon shoots Holden, at the beginning of the movie, a stream of quick-edit chaos happens. At first you see Leon shoot Holden under the table. The next shot shows "oil" leaking ...
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What's written on the two stones (Possibly in Chinese) in blade runner?

After that conversation between Roy and Leon, the camera moves away. They walk past an area where there are two big stones with writings on it. What's written on those two stones? See here:
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Why were so many questions required in the Voight-Kampff test?

In Blade Runner, Deckard says that it takes 20-30 questions to identify a replicant (and a hundred for Rachel). However, when I saw the movie yesterday, I realised that even after the first question ...
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How much did Blade Runner influence the Reimagined Battlestar Galactica?

The classic Blade Runner film is seen to be the archetypical story of machine who are men. It covers many of the classic literature conflicts, man vs man, man vs technology, man vs self, man vs ...
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Textual vs material representation in Blade Runner cinematography

Do the cinematography techniques in Blade Runner use textual representation (image as text) or material representation (image as presence) in order to convey the themes or motifs of the film? I ...
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Is Deckard a replicant?

I've heard it said that Deckard (Harrison Ford) in Blade Runner is a replicant. I don't remember it being made clear either way. Is Deckard a replicant? What evidence is there either way?
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What is the meaning of showing the tapetum lucidum (eye glow) of the replicants?

I just saw Blade Runner on the big screen for the first time in twenty years. There were many details that I saw for the first time. One of these details happens whenever we see a replicant. They are ...
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What makes Blade Runner so iconic?

Blade Runner (1982) has a lot of buzz around it. Everyone knows the movie, it's widely cited and highly regarded. However, after watching it twice I just wasn't impressed. I thought it was average at ...
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What was the explosion when Holden interrogates Leon?

I am watching Blade Runner for the first time, and early on we have this scene Holden: Describe in single words. Only the good things that come to your mind. About your mother. Leon: ...
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How could Tyrell lose in chess so easily

The leader of the replicants was standing in the elevator with Sebastian (a Tyrell's employee). They were going to pay Tyrell a visit. Tyrell asked what does he (Sebastian) need? Then Sebastian ...
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What kind of Replicant is Deckard?

So, the end result of about 19 different versions of Blade Runner seems to be that all indicators point to Deckard being a Replicant himself. If you do indeed hold to this theory, what was the ...
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Why did Roy let Deckard live?

Near the end of Blade Runner, Deckard enters Sebastian’s apartment, gets ambushed and kills the girl. He then gets chased around the apartment by Roy, who leads Deckard to believe that he is going to ...
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What does the origami represent in Blade Runner?

Throughout Blade Runner we see Gaff (Edward James Olmos) making origami figures at various points in the movie. He makes a chicken, matchstick men and at the end of the film there is a unicorn waiting ...
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Why did Blade Runner deviate from the source novel so significantly?

In Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' there are key aspects of the plot of the novel that are completely excluded from Blade Runner, including: That animals have almost died ...
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Would a psychopath create a false positive Voight-Kampff test result?

The Voight-Kampff test (the so-called "empathy test") in the film has been bothering me for some time... It is acknowledged in the film that the test can give a false negative - Rachael would have ...
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What are the differences between the alternative versions of Blade Runner?

I may have lost count, but the last time I checked there were 4 different cuts of Blade Runner. The original cinema release (with the voice over and the spliced from another movie ending) followed by ...
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How do the differences between the replicants and Deckard evolve in Blade Runner?

In Blade Runner, replicant detection occurs via the subject's ability/inability to show advanced emotion. But early in the movie Deckard starts off as emotionless as the replicants. How do the ...