BLADE RUNNER (1982 U.S. HONG KONG) D: RIDLEY SCOTT W: HAMPTON FANCHER/DAVID PEOPLES P: MICHAEL DEELEY
Harrison Ford is the bounty hunter in L.A. 2019 who has to track and retire replicants led by Rutger Hauer (who`s very good) who have escaped to Earth. Major cult favourite is definitely above-average sci-fi thriller entertainment, but i still don`t quite get it`s immense popularity. Interesting cast though: Brion James, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, Sean Young, James Hong, Joe Turkel, Joanna Cassidy and Leo Gorcey Jr. The set designs (including great use of the Bradbury Building) and Douglas Trumbull`s FX are still really impressive (and i reluctantly acknowledge Vangelis` effective soundtrack too). Depending on which version you see, Ford may or may not narrate. Fans tend to prefer the Director`s Cut (and now The Final Cut with some additional post-post-production tinkering) in which he doesn`t (i agree). Based on Phillip K. Dick`s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, but so different in tone that i consider it more of an inspiration. Incidentally, if you haven`t already, read everything Dick has written and enrich your life, sci-fi fan or not.

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