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Blade Runner Fun Features


This is the section for all our "FUN" Blade Runner information - please enjoy!

Did You Know?


…that Blade Runner is based on the novel entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.

…that Ridley Scott was hesitant to direct Blade Runner because he had just finished Alien and was concerned that he would be pigeon-holed as a SciFi director. Visit our Tribute to Alien.

…that the soundtrack for Blade Runner was composed by Vangelis. The music was a key element of the movie but strangely the complete soundtrack was never released until 2007.




... In 1968 prolific Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick wrote a novel called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Ridley Scott used the book as his inspiration for Blade Runner. There are many differences between the novel and the film. We found a friendly English professor at the Washington State University who has prepared a study guide for your reading enjoyment. You can read more about Philip K. Dick on the Official Website run by his family.

... You can read the Blade Runner screenplay here.

... There have been seven different versions of Blade Runner. There is an entire Wikipedia article devoted to detailing out all the differences between them. They are:

  • An original version shown to test audiences and subsequently modified.

  • A sneak preview version shown only once, scenes were cut

  • The U. S. theatrical Version from 1982

  • The International Cut which has more violent scenes

  • The U. S. Broadcast version edited for violence, profanity and nudity for broadcast on CBS

  • In 1992 the Director's Cut had significant changes from the theatrical version including removal of the happy ending

  • The Final Cut was released theatrically in 2007 as the 25th Anniversary Edition


... Science fiction fans love to closely inspect the world of 2019 that Ridley Scott and his production designers created for Blade Runner. The look for the futuristic city of Los Angeles was said to be modeled on Hong Kong.

... The Blade Runner props have become iconic. Here you can learn everything you always wanted to know about the Blade Runner blaster, the Voight-Kampff machine or the flying car called the Spinner.

... The poetic line that the replicant Roy (Rutger Hauer) recites

    "Fiery the angels fell,
    Deep thunder roll'd around their shores,
    Burning with the fires of Orc."

is actually a paraphrase from America: A Prophesy a poem by William Blake

    "Fiery the angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd
    Around their shores: indignant burning with the fires of Orc."

You can read the whole poem here.

... Here's a book for all true Blade Runner fans: Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner is the BR bible. Packed with factoids and trivia, it's the comprehensive story of the making of the movie.

The voice from the blimp gives the citizens this message. "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 [...] 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 there."

... Our present to you. Would you like to know how to make an origami unicorn like the one in Blade Runner? You will find detailed instructions here.

... Finally we cannot avoid the hotly debated question "Is Rick Deckard a replicant himself"? For the answer we turn to Ridley Scott the director of the movie. Harrison Ford and many others apparently disagree but you know what? Sir Ridley is the director and we think he should have the final word.






Blade Runner On Location


Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Harrison Ford is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.

Harrison Ford Prints
Mann's Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
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Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos:

Harrison Ford
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

6665 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Edward James Olmos
Walk of Fame Star
(Motion Pictures)

7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA


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Blade Runner


Gaff ( Edward James Olmos ):

"It's too bad she won't live! But then again, who does?"




What two types of birds are prominently featured in Blade Runner?

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