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!!1982 Film:
* AccidentallyCorrectWriting: When Batty and Tyrell are arguing about how to prolong a Replicant's lifespan, Batty mentions something called "EMS". Tyrell says they already tried "Ethyl methanesulfonate" unsuccessfully. Ethyl methanesulfonate ''is'' an actual organic compound with mutagenic qualities, used in genetics. The scriptwriter later admitted he did no research for the conversation and the mention of a real compound in the TechnoBabble was coincidental.
* ActorInspiredElement:
** Creator/RutgerHauer came up with many inventive ideas for his characterization, like the moment where he grabs and fondles a dove.
** Cityspeak was Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos's idea. He has since been amazed at how prescient it was vis-a-vis the increasing multicultural influence Los Angeles has experienced in the intervening years.
** Gaff can be seen wearing blue contact lenses in a few shots. These were a suggestion by Hauer. Olmos paid for them himself.
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #97
** AFIS10Top10:
*** #6, Science Fiction
* CelebrityVoiceActor: In the 1997 [[VideoGame/BladeRunner video game]], several characters are voiced by the actors who played them in the film.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** ''Exterminator'' (Croatia)
** ''Calls Himself RNR'' (Bulgaria)
** ''The Relentless Hunter'' (Venezuela)
** ''Imminent Danger'' (Portugal)
** ''Bounty Hunter'' (Romania)
** ''The Winged Bounty Hunter'' (Hungary)
** ''Silver Winged Bounty Hunter'' (China)
* TheCastShowoff: Creator/DarylHannah was a skilled gymnast and put some of her skills to use.
* CreatorBacklash: For a long time, Creator/HarrisonFord refused to talk about the film for years due to the miserable experience he had making it and generally expressed dislike about the film and working with Scott, and he also disliked the whole "replicant" debate. He became more positive about in TheOughties and TheNewTens and agreed to star in the sequel. He states that part of the reason he's mellowed is how ''Blade Runner'' has gone on to inspire many young directors and he's happy to be part of a classic. Ford also likes the 2007 Final Cut version best of all versions of the film, as does Ridley Scott.
* CreatorPreferredAdaptation: Creator/PhilipKDick died less than four months before the film premiered. During production he was critical of the screenplays and the multiple changes from the source material and the renaming of characters and concepts, but during a set visit he saw an earlier version with the effects, mainly the opening scene showing the skyline of Future-LA and was blown away by it and was impressed by Scott despite the fact that he admitted to not having read the source material. He felt that visually and aesthetically, the film, despite his initial misgivings about its departure from his novel ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' was in synch with the spirit of his ideas.
* DawsonCasting: J.F. Sebastian says he has Methuselah syndrome, which causes him to look old/age prematurely as he says he's 25. In real life, Creator/WilliamSanderson.
* {{Defictionalization}}:
** Deckard's whiskey glasses and bottle, trenchcoat and even the tiles in his apartment have been made into real (albeit [[CrackIsCheaper insanely expensive)]] products. Even the [[http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/d163/ neon light umbrellas]] are available from Thinkgeek (albeit the Thinkgeek versions are more practical LED/fiber-optic rather than neon tubes).
** The police offices constructed in Union Station, Los Angeles for the filming still stand till today, in use as station offices. The crew was able to get a little bit of a discount if Union Station officials agreed to keep the set for practical use after filming was over.
** Some cities, [[https://www.google.com/search?q=shanghai+looks+like+blade+runner particularly]] UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}}, look more and more like ''Blade Runner'' every year. As Thom Andersen noted in his documentary ''Los Angeles Plays Itself'' this is because the film's production design was unintentionally reflective of avant-garde city-planning which they thought was supposed to indicate dystopia but are actually quite positive and effective. Also, Shanghai and Beijing have become far, far more polluted than Los Angeles ever was, making them atmospheric dead ringers for ''Blade Runner''.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** The scene with Chew was shot in a freezer and was ice cold, so the cast really were shivering.
** When Deckard stops Rachael from leaving his apartment, he pushes her away from him. The expression of pain and shock on Creator/SeanYoung's face was real, as Creator/HarrisonFord had difficulties playing the scene with her, and had pushed her too hard.
* ExecutiveMeddling: One of the most infamous cases in film history. The ending in the original movie was changed by higher-ups due to its ambiguity, and narration was added to help dispel the ambiguity evident in most of the movie itself. The original ending has been restored and the narration deleted in the DirectorsCut, along with the Final Cut.
* FlipFlopOfGod:
** Is Deckard a replicant? Director Creator/RidleyScott and lead actor Creator/HarrisonFord, as well as Rutger Hauer, screenwriters Hampton Fancher and David Peoples have all had contrasting views on the subject. Scott says yes; Ford, Hauer and the screenwriters say no. The novel on which the films based, ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' states that the Deckard-character is human.
** It's generally agreed upon that the evidence suggests Deckard is human in the Theatrical Cut and possibly a replicant in the Director's/Final Cuts. Albeit the hints were stronger in the 1992 version (via an extra line by Gaff that Scott removed for the Final Cut). According to Creator/MarkKermode the idea of Deckard being a replicant at all first arose from a misunderstanding between the two screenwriters (who had little contact with each other beyond shipping script revisions back and forth): One had written into the script a line about Deckard wondering about his own creator, which was intended as him comparing himself to replicants and the creator being God. The other writer thought this line meant Deckard was a replicant, and led to both thinking the other one put forth the idea first, and eventually Scott embraced it during production much to the confusion of his crew who all thought it was clear that Deckard was a human.
* InMemoriam: The film was dedicated in memory of Creator/PhilipKDick, who passed away before the film's premiere.
* InspirationForTheWork: According to WordOfGod the aesthetic sources for the film's futuristic setting of brilliant night lights and factories belching fire burning off waste gas, was the Port Talbot steelworks, the director having spent part of his childhood in Wales.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Blade Runner'' has been re-released many times. There's a Director's Cut, a Special Edition, a "Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition" (that comes in the same kind of metal briefcase as the Voight-Kampff machines), and a 3-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition.[[note]]The 30th Anniversary Edition compresses three discs of the Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition into one 50 GB Blu-ray Disc and adds an HD Stills Gallery.[[/note]] The 5 versions included in the two newest releases include: The 1982 Workprint, The US Theatrical Cut, The International theatrical cut, The 1992 Director's cut and the 2007 Final Cut. According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki there are ''two other versions'' that exist but aren't included in the current set (A TV broadcast version and a sneak preview version which uses deleted scenes).
* OrphanedReference: The tortoise story is the last remnant of an environmental theme present in both the source novel and Hampton Fancher's early drafts of the screenplay. The novel features an epigram of a (real) wire service story about the death of a 200-year-old sea turtle revered as an honorary chief by the people of Tonga, and the extinction of animals is a recurring theme. In an early draft by Fancher a distraught Deckard walks through the desert and finds a dying turtle on its back and saves it by turning it over.
* TheProductionCurse: ''Blade Runner'' provides something of a variation on the theme: it suffered a similar curse, but instead of cast and crew members, it was the sponsors that got hit.
* PropRecycling:
** The spinners' dashboard displays are taken from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Creator/RidleyScott directed both films, so this may actually be a ShoutOut.
** The very top of the roof of the police headquarters building was originally the ceiling of the Mothership interior from ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''. The building itself is rather similar to the Tower of Babel as depicted in {{Film/Metropolis}}.
** One of the buildings next door to the police station is a model of the [[Franchise/StarWars Millennium Falcon]] tilted vertically and covered with Christmas lights.
** The ''Film/DarkStar'' miniature can be seen in the background near the police station as well.
** Additionally, later sci-fi films would sometimes recycle props and set pieces from this one. Be on the lookout for a spinner in the junkyard in ''Film/{{Soldier}}'', and check out Craig Bierko's apartment in ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor''.
** Some of the Lord of Darkness' palace interiors from ''Film/{{Legend 1985}}'' (most notably, the huge, spiraling columns) were featured in this film.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Tyrell's explanation to Roy for why the DNA of a mature replicant can't be altered effectively doesn't stand up to modern understanding of genetics. Then again, this might be intentional, as the script hints that Tyrell may be lying about there being no possibility of lifting the lifespan limitation.
* ThrowItIn:
** There are a few ad-libbed lines, most notably in the FinalWords of both Leon and Roy Batty. Roy originally had a lengthier, wordy final monologue which Creator/RutgerHauer disliked for being "operatic" and not suited to the film, so he cut it down to two lines and wrote the "tears in rain" line himself.
** Creator/DarylHannah really slipped and smashed her elbow through a car window, chipping it in eight places.
*** In ''Dangerous Days'', she shows us the scars.
* TroubledProduction: For a film now considered a sci-fi classic, its creation was a difficult process:
** The original screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, was eventually distanced from his script for being too protective, and David Peoples created the script that eventually was filmed.
** A critical financier went bankrupt at the eleventh hour, leading to some desperate deals shortly before production began.
** Creator/HarrisonFord often went between impatient and bored during production.
** Creator/SeanYoung was cast by Scott for her Creator/AvaGardner-esque looks, although many preferred another actress, Nina Axelrod. Young was unknown and also inexperienced, which seemed at times to annoy Ford.
** Scott made comments during the shoot that he preferred working with UK crews (as he did with ''Alien'') which annoyed the mostly American crew.
** Scott, coming from advertising and by his own admittance very controlling over visuals, made Art Director David Snyder's position practically moot.
** The Director of Photography, Jordan Cronenwith, suffered from Parkinson's disease and during the shoot was very weak and worked in a great deal of pain; by the final month of shooting, he was working from a wheelchair.
** Scott took multiple takes for seemingly innocuous scenes, leading one to wonder if he was really looking for the right look, or just infuriating his producers.
** Test screenings were sharply divided over the tone of the film. The producers themselves called the voiceovers 'dull', and Ford himself was not a fan of them. Ford cops later to trying to make them dull in the hopes they were removed. In the initial theatrical release, they stayed in (but were removed in the Director's and Final Cuts of the film.)
* WagTheDirector: Creator/HarrisonFord frequently argued with Creator/RidleyScott over whether or not Deckard is a replicant. He was backed by the film's screenwriters and others in the crew, since it was Scott and Scott alone who came up with that interpretation.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** In the early 1970s, a relatively unknown young director named ''Creator/MartinScorsese'' was in line to direct the film.
** This was offered to Creator/RalphBakshi. He passed on it, but recommended Creator/RidleyScott for the director's chair. And the rest is history...
** Creator/RidleyScott was originally attached to direct the latest incarnation of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' until his brother, Frank Scott, died in 1980. Stricken with grief and eager to work while ''Dune'' stagnated, Ridley Scott left the project to direct ''Blade Runner'', which was all set to begin production.
** Creator/DustinHoffman was originally cast as Deckard. Scott intended to subvert the typical image of the burly HardboiledDetective, and Hoffman would fit that well. This period of the film's pre-production got so far that even some of the early storyboards featured Hoffman's likeness on images of Deckard. Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/WilliamDevane, Creator/RobertDuvall, Creator/ClintEastwood, Creator/PeterFalk, Creator/FredericForrest, Creator/ScottGlenn, Creator/CliffGorman, Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/JuddHirsch, Creator/RaulJulia, Creator/TommyLeeJones, Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/AlPacino, Creator/BurtReynolds, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Creator/ChristopherWalken were also considered. Creator/MartinSheen was offered the role, but he turned it down, as he was exhausted, having come off ''Film/ApocalypseNow''.
** [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]] was at one point asked to compose the music for the film. He declined due to his experiences on ''Film/{{Tommy}}''.
** An earlier draft of the script, called "Dangerous Days" would have been a far more action-packed affair, including a famous unused introduction of Deckard, where he shot a seemingly innocuous man, then took his skull apart to reveal mechanical components.
** Creator/RobertMitchum was reportedly considered for the role of Deckard at one point as a shout out to his own background in film noir thrillers, but declined the role - which is just as well as he would have been too old for the part anyway.
** Creator/RidleyScott himself wanted [[{{Music/Blondie}} Debbie Harry]] to play Pris, but she passed up on it, and later expressed regret over it.
** Creator/JoePantoliano was considered for J.F. Sebastian.
** Creator/{{Moebius}} was offered the opportunity to assist in the pre-production, but he declined so that he could work on ''Film/TimeMasters'' - a decision that he later regretted.
** Music/GraceJones was considered for Rachel.
** In this initial script, the story focused less on human issues than it did on environmental issues and larger questions of God and mortality. It refers to replicants as "androids" and makes it clear that Deckard is human. The Voight-Kampff test can spot androids after five or six questions (not the thirty questions required in later drafts); Rachael is detected after thirteen questions, not a hundred. The sixth android, Mary, is present in this draft. Instead of finding Tyrell at the Tyrell building, Batty goes to Tyrell's mansion, and he kills Tyrell, along with his bodyguard, a maid, and his entire family; he later kills Sebastian. The androids in this script have no obvious reason to be on earth; there is nothing about them wanting to live longer, they are simply on earth killing people for no apparent reason. At the end of the script, Rachael kills herself, as she knows if she doesn't do it, Deckard will have to. The script ends with Deckard wandering into the desert with the intention of dying, but upon seeing a tortoise struggling to turn itself over, he decides to live on.
** The second draft has a number of scenes in this script made it into the final film - the opening scene is almost identical, as is the briefing scene with Bryant, Deckard searching Leon's hotel room, and Deckard using the Voight-Kampff machine on Rachael under the supervision of Tyrell. Differences included a smaller role for Gaff, and a larger role for the Esper, which is a talking computer. The script ends with Deckard bringing Rachael out to the countryside so she can see snow for the first time, and shooting her. The last scene sees him driving back to the city musing about how the ability to choose is what makes us human. This version of the script also included Mary as the sixth replicant (still called androids at this stage).
** The third draft opens in an 'Off-world Termination Dump', a dumping ground for dead androids (by now called replicants). Two work men are shoveling bodies into a pit, when one of the bodies comes to life (Roy Batty). He pulls Mary and Leon from the pile and they kill the workmen. This version introduced the snake scale storyline, but does not have the chess game featured in the final film. Other differences include: a new replicant called Roger, who attacks Deckard in Leon's hotel room; a scene where Chew's frozen body is discovered and knocked over; in this draft, Tyrell turns out to be another replicant, after Roy kills him, Roy demands that Sebastian take him to the real Tyrell, and Sebastian reveals that Tyrell had an unnamed disease and was placed into a hibernation unit to await a cure. Roy demands that Sebastian wake Tyrell up, but Sebastian reveals that Tyrell died a year ago during a power outage at which point Roy kills Sebastian. After Tyrell's death, the entire replicant line is put on hold. There is also a scene where Deckard forces Gaff to take the Voight-Kampff test and subsequently kills him. This draft also ended with Deckard killing Rachael, but the scene now takes place on a beach. The final scene sees Deckard waiting in his apartment for the police raid due to his murder of Gaff.
** Scott initially wanted a more action-packed opening scene that would have set-up Deckard's ruthless character. It would have taken place in a house on the countryside where Deckard is silently sitting and waiting, while a pot of soup is boiling on a fire. Suddenly a man comes in wearing a protection suit and gas mask. He notices Deckard but ignores him, instead going to take some soup. He then addresses Deckard, but Deckard simply shoots him without saying a word, and then proceeds by removing the man's artificial lower jaw, proving that the victim is a Replicant. The idea was abandoned in later drafts.
** Zorah's snake dance was originally supposed to be in the film. The scene was storyboarded as an elaborate show that would even contain clay animation, but it was ultimately scrapped due to time and budget constraints.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Creator/HarrisonFord has stated that he believed Deckard to not be a replicant, as being one would undercut the theme of his character rediscovering his own humanity, and turns the man vs. machine climactic battle into a robot vs. robot fight. His word is backed by the film's screenwriters and by co-star Rutger Hauer. Creator/RidleyScott on the other hand, claims that Deckard was always meant to be a replicant. Production documents support Ford and Co. on this. None of the screenwriters agreed with it, and this was a concept Scott devised mid-production, and as such in no ways was it planned from the start.
* WorkingTitle: ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'', ''Android'', ''Mechanismo'' and ''Dangerous Days''.
* WrittenByCastMember: The famous "tears in the rain" monologue was partly written by Creator/RutgerHauer himself, especially the final line, "All these moments lost in time like tears in the rain". Hauer added it the night before filming the scene (he noted that the original line was too jargon-heavy).
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