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Nite Owl 50th Anniversary: Blade Runner (1982)

Opens on March 15

Director: Ridley Scott Run Time: 147 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

Columbus late-night legend, Fritz The Nite Owl will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 10tv show by hosting the 1982 classic, Blade Runner. The film will screen, breaking every 20 minutes or so for Fritz’s on screen host segments providing trivia about the making of the film and other fun anecdotes. Learn more about Nite Owl Theatre here.

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: 

Ridley Scott is a celebrated English film director and producer known for his atmospheric and highly concentrated visual style. He 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. His made his feature directorial debut with The Duellists (1977), which won Best Debut Film at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. He followed up with many acclaimed films in a variety of genres, including the influential sci-fi horror film Alien (1979), science fiction films Blade Runner (1982) and The Martian (2015), road crime film Thelma & Louise (1991), historical drama film Gladiator (2000) – which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture – and war film Black Hawk Down (2001). His most recent features are The Last Duel (2020), House of Gucci (2021), and Napoleon (2023). Celebrating his exceptional career, Venice Film Festival awarded him the Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2021.

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