|Q: Whose eye is it at the start of the movie?
A: The storyboard indicates that it is Holden's
Q: Why would the Tyrell building have ceiling fans in it?
A: Ceiling fans are very efficient, even in 2019. When BR was shown
as part of the "Los Angeles at the Los Angeles" film series in
1990 at the Los Angeles Theater, Ridley Scott was asked after the
screening about the prevalence of fans in his work and their possible
meaning. Without missing a beat, Scott replied: "Well, they keep
Q: How did Leon smuggle his gun into room where Holden VK'd him? And
how did he escape from the building, given that the whole incident was
on videotape, and occurred high up in the Tyrell building?
A: The 110-story New York World Trade Center that made headlines when
it was bombed in February 1993 had about 100,000 people inside at the
time. According to various articles, the Tyrell pyramid is 6-7 times
taller (700-stories). Since the top of the pyramid is apparently several
times larger than the footprint of the WTC, the base must be enormously
larger. Plus, it is surrounded by four buttresses, each of which must be
greater in volume than the WTC. From this we can speculate Tyrell's
pyramid must be larger than the WTC by a factor of 100 or more and house
10 million people. It should be easy to get lost in a crowd that size.
Add in the fact there may be other people that look like Leon and you've
got an impossible job. We also know that the Tyrell Corp. security is
not perfect because, 1) Bryant tells Deckard one got fried trying to
break in and the others GOT AWAY, and 2) Batty gets in and kills Tyrell.
Q: What does the voice from the blimp say?
A: "A new life awaits you in the Off-World colonies. The chance
to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure. New
climate, recreational facilities.....absolutely free. Use your new
friend as a personal body servant or a tireless field hand--the custom
tailored genetically engineered humanoid replicant designed especially
for your needs. So come on America, let's put our team up
A: Added for BRDC: "This announcement is brought to you by the
Shimato Dominguez Corporation - helping America into the New
Q: Why can't Tyrell afford a real owl?
A: The February 1981 screenplay was written as: Deckard: "It's
artificial?" Rachael: "Of course not." Tyrell would
probably keep a showpiece animoid replicant to impress visitors. Note
also that in DADoES, the "Tyrell corporation" lied to Deckard
(that is, told him it was real) in an attempted bribe.
Q: Who is the guy with his head on his arm in the photo from Leon's
A: Roy. In the Work print, Deckard says: "Hello, Roy."
Q: How did Rachael get away with killing Leon in public, when she was
wanted dead by the police? The police arrived pretty soon after Deckard
killed Zhora, so why didn't they swoop down when Rachael killed Leon?
A: Deckard kills Zhora in the midst of a crowded street. Leon picked
a deserted alley to maul Deckard.
Q: How can Tyrell tell Roy that "We made you to the best of our
abilities", when he deliberately gave him a four year lifespan?
A: Tyrell probably means they couldn't risk making him any better
because they can only control them for so long. This assumes Bryant is
correct in saying the 4-year lifespan is intentionally built-in. Tyrell
also says "the light that burns twice as bright..." suggesting
improved performance may be a trade-off with lifespan. Since Tyrell's
goal is commerce, he may have turned a biological problem into a benefit
by taking advantage of the 4-year lifespan -- planned obsolescence. When
Sebastian says, "There's some of me in you," he might be
referring to the intentional use of the genes responsible for Methuselah
Q: Why are real animals so expensive if there are lots of birds
living in Sebastian's building?
A: DADoES offers an explanation: some animals are much rarer than
others and supposedly there were no more owls left. (Pigeons, on the
other hand, always seem to be plentiful.)
Q: Batty calls Deckard by name during the chase at the end. How did
he know Deckard's name?
A: This is either a technical error in the film, or an indication
that Batty knew Deckard, and Deckard doesn't know Batty. One idea is
that Deckard (and possibly Rachael) were replicants, and part of the
rebellion. They were caught entering the Tyrell building and, as an
experiment, they were retrained as an ex-Blade Runner and a replicant
who thinks she's a human. The experiment is to see if a replicant could
turn on other replicants that he/she used to know. This explanation is a
bit weak and far fetched, as it relies on the Tyrell Corporation
retraining Deckard but not changing his name. (Imagine if Roy had called
him "Mr Smith"!). This makes the Deckard/Zhora confrontation
more interesting: she would have recognized him, and would be wondering
if he was having a joke or not. When she realized that he was for real,
she clobbered him. This could also give Bryant an excuse for getting the
number of escaped replicants wrong. Different versions of the script
have Deckard as a well-known Blade Runner, so in that case it would be
reasonable for Batty to know about him. A likely explanation is that
Leon was within earshot when Deckard showed his ID to a cop and gave his
name; in an earlier script, Batty then had Leon go after Deckard for
killing Zhora. In Hampton Fancher's script dated 7 January 1980, Bryant
tells Deckard that the replicants may have tapped into the ESPER
computer and that it will take about a day to secure the system. Later,
at Sebastian's apartment, Batty tells Pris and Mary that Leon and Zhora
are dead and that the police have discovered he has been tapping into
their computer. He informs them that he can't monitor what the police
are doing anymore. This is what causes Pris to say, "Then we're
stupid and we'll die," and why the replicants are expecting Deckard
to come for them.
Q: How did Deckard manage to haul himself onto the ceiling with two
fingers, with two other dislocated fingers on the same hand?
A1:He only holds on with his bad hand until he can get his other arm
over the edge. Experienced rock climbers can achieve single-finger
chin-ups. Whether or not they can do this in the rain while wearing a
sodden trench- coat, with two dislocated fingers, a history of
alcoholism, and being chased by a homicidal replicant is another matter.
Postings from rec.climbing suggest that this kind of stunt is as much a
matter of technique as strength.
A2:Easily. He's a replicant [see section 14].
Q: How can Deckard be a replicant, when he's physically outmatched by
Roy, Leon, Zhora, and Pris?
A: The videos that Bryant shows Deckard include a mental and physical
rating for each of the replicants. In all cases, they are rated
"A" physically. If Deckard was a replicant designed to think
it was human, it would probably be made a "B" physical, which
would correspond to average human strength. The fact that Deckard could
slam shut a door that the replicant Rachael was trying to open hints
that Rachael was a "C" physical.
Q: Batty's incept date of January 2016 means that he should have
lived to January 2020. Why did he die in November 2019?
A1:The margin of error on a replicant's lifespan is probably the same
as that of any human with a fatal disease. It was suggested earlier that
the short lifespan was a trade-off for increased performance. It is
clear that Roy had exceeded even Tyrell's expectations, and so we could
expect him to wear out that little bit before his due expiry date.
A2:Earlier versions of the story were set in 2020, but this was
changed when it was decided that it sounded too much like an eyesight
test. The date was changed to 2019, but this inconsistency remained.
Q: How did Gaff get Deckard's gun? Was he following them?
A: Deckard sits on the roof for a long time. In the Work print,
Deckard says he watched him die all night and that it was a slow,
painful thing. Gaff may have followed Deckard's ground car, or checked
out the radio reports of Sebastian's death, walked around to piece
things together and found Deckard's gun. It would also be in character
if Gaff was simply lurking in the background hoping for Deckard to get
Q: Why does the spike in Batty's hand disappear when he catches
A: The bottom of the frame is slightly cropped (even on the Criterion
disc), which prevents us from seeing the nail. Nevertheless it is there
and can be seen for a single frame on the Criterion disc at C-19 24493.
Q: What companies/products have their logos appearing in BR?
A: ANACO, Atari, Atriton, Bell, Budweiser, Bulova, Citizen,
Coca-Cola, Cuisine Art, Dentyne, Hilton, Jovan, JVC, Koss, Lark,
Marlboro, Million Dollar Discount, Mon Hart, Pan Am, Polaroid, RCA, Remy,
Schiltz, Shakey's, Toshiba, Star Jewelers, TDK, The Million Dollar
Movie, TWA, Wakamoto.
Q: What is this "Blade Runner Curse"?
A: Someone once noticed that a number of the companies whose logos
appeared in BR had financial difficulties after the film was released.
Atari had 70% of the home console market in 1982, but faced losses of
over $2 million in the first quarter of 1991. Bell lost it's monopoly in
1982. Pan-Am filed for bankruptcy protection in 1991. Soon after Blade
Runner was released, Coca-Cola released their "new formula",
resulting in losses of millions of dollars. It is interesting to note
that since then, the Coca-Cola company has seen the biggest growth of
any American company in history. Cusinart filed for bankruptcy
protection in July 1989.
Q: Is there going to be a sequel to Blade Runner?
A: In "Newsday", October 6, 1992, Scott is quoted as
saying: "I'd really like to do that, I think 'Blade Runner' made
some very interesting suggestions to the origins of Harrison Ford's
character, addressing the idea of immortality. I think it would be a
very intelligent sequel." In ``Screen International'' May 5-11:
"A slew of big-budget productions - likely to include Ridley
Scott's sequel to Blade Runner - are heading for Shepperton Studios
(UK), which is shaping up to become the leading special effects studio
outside the US." "Speaking from Grenada, Scott confirmed that
the sequel to Blade Runner will probably be shot at the studio, but he
gave no starting date." "The prospect of a Blade Runner sequel
has been bruited around for years - although without Scott's active
involvement. Scott, who shot Alien at Shepperton, confirmed that he is
planning to make a sci-fi film 'in the near future that I would shoot
almost entirely' at the London studios." See section 7 for a
description of the Blade Runner novel sequel.
Q: Is there a Blade Runner computer game?
A1: Yes. The official BR computer game was released for the Commodore
64 around 1982-1983. It featured the player as Deckard, tracking down
the replicants on an electronic map. Upon locating one, you had to chase
them down a crowded street and shoot them. The music in the game is a
Commodore 64 rendition of the End Title track by Vangelis. Copyright
problems with the name ``Blade Runner'' resulted in CRL (the game's
producers) obtaining the rights to the music, thus allowing them to
refer to ``A game based on the music of Vangelis' "Blade
A2: In 1997 Westwood Studios made a game for the PC-CDROM in
cooperation with the Blade Runner Partnership. In it, they
recreated the scenes from the film including the Tyrell Building, the
Bradbury Hotel, the Police HQ and the spinners and streets.
Q: Where can I get a gun like Deckards?
A: The gun that Deckard uses is an Austrian Steyr/Mannlicher
bolt-action rifle with the stock and barrel removed, leaving just the
receiver. A pistol-grip was added for effect. The Steyr rifle action has
a very distinctive bolt-handle and trigger-guard; in fact, the
particular receiver used possessed the target-style set trigger system
Q: Video Watchdog (November-December 1993) contains a lot of
information on different versions of the film that contradicts things in
the FAQ and in other accounts. Who is right?
A: The Video Watchdog article, while extremely detailed and
authoritative, contains a lot of misinformation and errors. For example:
- There are only five versions seen by the public, not seven as claimed
in the article. These are
(1) the Dallas/Denver sneak preview,
(2) the San Diego sneak preview,
(3) the 1982 US theatrical release,
(4) the 1982 Euro-release, and
(5) the 1992 Director's Cut [see section 7].
- The "Workprint" is the same as the Denver/Dallas Sneak
Preview, the Fairfax Theater Cut, the UCLA showing, the Nuart Theater
showing and the Castro Theater showing. The first three were in 70mm
while the Nuart and Castro showings used a 35mm reduction print. The
London sneak preview was probably the same as well. - Michael Arick,
rather than Haver and Harris, should be credited for uncovering the work
print. Arick was certainly the most involved in bringing that print to
light and making the Director's Cut. - All versions of the script had
narration to some extent but Scott was not in favor of it [see section
6]. Scott's shooting script had about 100 words of narration, his
workprint had about 50, and his Director's Cut had none. - Scott
actually scripted and filmed the unicorn scene for a pre-release version
of BR that was never shown outside the studio [see his comment on this
in Section 9]. The original unicorn footage was recovered in 1992 and
restored in the DC. The persistent rumour that this footage came from
"Legend" is hard to understand since any side-by-side
comparison between the animals and settings in "Legend" and
BRDC clearly reveals they are not the same.
Q: Is the Video Watchdog description of the workprint (WP) accurate?
A: In many cases, but not all. Some things were missed, some things
were wrong, and some things were misleading. Referring to the side and
chapter marks on the Director's Cut laserdisc that were used in the
article, some worth noting are:
1:2 The DC contains 2 additional aerial shots of the approach to the
Tyrell Corp., 2 full-frame shots of Holden's eye, and 2 shots of Holden
from behind that are not seen in the WP.
1:4 The spinner flight to the police station is identical in both
prints except that Gaff can be heard saying something to Deckard in
1:5 The origami chicken close-up is the same in both films but
Bryant's line, "I need the old blade runner. I need your
magic" is missing. The WP is also missing the shot of Bryant
pouring Deckard a drink, which creates a discontinuity when you see
Deckard put the glass down.
1:6 Bryant's off-screen line is: "That's Leon, ammunition loader
on intergalactic runs. He can lift 400 pound atomic loads all day and
night [not 4000!]. The only way you can hurt him is to kill him."
The three brief shots of other spinners in route to the Tyrell Corp. are
in all versions of the film.
1:7 When Rachael says, "May I ask you a question," Deckard
has an extra off-screen line: "What is it?"
2:1 There is a change. Batty's line, "Now where would we find
this J.F. Sebastian," is missing in the WP.
2:2 The scene is exactly the same duration in both, however, in the
elevator scene we clearly hear Rachael say "Deckard," causing
him to draw his gun and spin around.
2:3 You hear more of Deckard's one-finger piano solo in the WP.
2:6 This scene lasts about 20 seconds longer in the WP as the camera
follows Deckard leaving the Cambodian lady. The dialog with the snake
maker closely matches their lip movements:
D: Abdul Hassan? I'm a police officer, Abdul. I've got a couple of
questions I wanted to ask you.
H: (Chattering in another language.)
D: You made a snake, XB71. I want to know who you sold it to.
H: My work? Not too many could afford such quality.
D: How many?
H: Very few.
D: How few?
H: Perhaps less than I thought but still more than I can remember.
D: Abdul, my friend...(street noise)...about 2 seconds...(more street
2:7 The introduction of Miss Solome is longer: "Ladies and
gentlemen. We have for your delight and pleasure this evening a
spectacular act. Before you, a woman. And with her, a snake. Watch her
take the pleasures from the serpent that once corrupted man." When
Deckard plucks a sequin off Zhora's dress, the camera shows a closeup
for 3-4 seconds [this is very similar to a shot in Scott's film,
"Black Rain"]. After Zhora runs out of the dressing room,
there is a shot of Deckard loosening his tie.
2:8 The song "If I Didn't Care" was replaced by "One
More Kiss, Dear" in the DC. 3:4 The love scene in the WP has the
(1) Deckard mutters "hah" under his breath when Rachael
asks, "What if I go North?";
(2) a 30-second profile shot of Rachael letting her hair down is
(3) the music cues by Vangelis are completely different once Rachael
steps over to the piano. Since the scenes are identical in all other
regards, the different affect the WP had on some could only have been
from the music. 3:6 The "wide shot" of Sebastian's flat is the
same in both.
3:7 The whispers from the toys are about the same clarity and volume
with the exception of the last shot, where they are not only very loud,
they were completely missing in the DC.
4:4 The editing and pacing of the chase scene is slightly different
-- running about 20-seconds longer overall in the WP. Right after Batty
pulls his head out of the bathroom wall he says, "You're not in
pain are you? Are you in pain?" 4:9 The scene at Deckard's
apartment is shorter by almost a full minute. Deckard goes directly to
the bed and pulls the cover back. After Rachael says she trusts him, the
WP cuts to Deckard opening the elevator doors. The elevator doors close
noiselessly while the soundtrack plays the same music heard during the
spinner flight to police headquarters.