Blade Runner (BR) is a science-fiction film starring
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Daryl Hannah.
Although it was a box-office failure, it has become perhaps the definitive
cult movie, and is one of the few films which remain faithful to the ideals of 20th
century science fiction literature.
Blade Runner was directed by Ridley
Scott, and features music by Vangelis.
Blade Runner is LOOSELY based
on a Philip K. Dick novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric
The least one can say about the film adaptation is that it borrowed a
number of concepts and characters from the book.
Dick also wrote the short story that "Total Recall" was based
on, "We Can Remember It For You, Wholesale".
A recurring theme in Dick's work is the question of personal and human
identity. A question explored more in DADoES and "Total Recall" than in Blade
Runner is "what is reality?" You are most likely to find DADoES in a second-hand
bookstore. It has been re-printed as: "Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric
The title comes from Alan E.
Nourse, who wrote a story called "The
Bladerunner". William S. Burroughs took the book and wrote "Bladerunner (A
Movie)" in 1979.
Rights to the title only were sold to Ridley Scott. Similarities between
Nourse's "The Bladerunner" and Scott's BR are in name only. Nourse's title
refers to people who deliver medical instruments to outlaw doctors who can't obtain them
Scott thought the title made a
good codename for Deckard. Some of the "visuals" were
inspired by a story from Dan O'Bannon and Moebius (Jean Giraud)
called "The Long Tomorrow" in an issue of the French
"Wonders of the Universe" comic book series.
The back of the comic book says (translated from French): "This
comic-book also contains other famous stories, like "The Long Tomorrow", which
originally was thought to be a parody, but ended up being more real, than what it was
meant to be a parody of: the classic American detective-story.
This story was later used as a visual reference for the movie "Blade
Jean Giraud did the costume design for the Walt Disney movie
"Tron", and Syd Mead did the mechanical design.