Blade Runner

Blade Runner Movie Poster

Blade Runner, released in 1982, was a science fiction thriller directed by Ridley Scott (Aliens movies).  The movie was loosely based on a book titled Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick.  The movie starred Harrison Ford as Rick Deckhard, Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty, Sean Young, Darryl Hannah as Pris, and Edward James Olmos as officer Gaff.  The movie was released during the same time as E.T. and Star Trek the Wrath of Kahn, which made for stiff competition.  Although it received mixed reviews at the time, it has grown in popularity over the years.

The year is 2019, and detective Rick Deckhard is brought out of retirement to reprise his job as a "Blade Runner".  Blade Runners track down and terminate "replicants", who are bio-engineered beings.  A handful of replicants, including Roy Batty and Pris, have made their way to earth to extend their lifespan, and it is Deckhard's job to find and retire them.

Deckhard goes about the business of finding and retiring the replicants.  During his investigation, Deckhard meets an emotionally enhanced replicant named Rachel, who is added to the retire list after she disappears.  Deckhard manages to eliminate all the replicants, including Roy and Pris, but finds himself in love with Rachel.  In the end, Rachel and Deckhard drive off into the proverbial sunset.