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Cult 101: Blade Runner (1982): The Final Cut

Opens on June 30

Director: Ridley Scott Run Time: 118 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1982

Starring: Edward James Olmos, Harrison Ford, M. Emmet Walsh, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young

Country: United States
Language: English, German, Cantonese, Japanese, Hungarian, Arabic, Korean, with English subtitles

Presented as part of the 2023 edition of Cult 101.

About the film:

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

“A masterpiece of dystopian science fiction on film.”

—Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph

Ridley’s Scotts adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” initially polarized critics, but is now regarded as one of the all-time best science fiction films, a leading example of neo-noir cinema, and a foundational work of the cyberpunk genre. The Final Cut version of the film contains the original, restored full-length version of the unicorn dream plus the additional violence and alternative edits from the international cut.

About the filmmaker: 

Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. He is known for his science fiction films Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and The Martian (2015), the road crime film Thelma & Louise (1991), the historical drama film Gladiator (2000), the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), and many others Scott began his career in television as a designer and director before moving into advertising, where he honed his filmmaking skills by making inventive mini-films for television commercials. He made his debut as a film director with The Duellists (1977). His work is known for its atmospheric and highly concentrated visual style. Celebrating his exceptional career, Venice Film Festival awarded Scott the Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2021. 

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