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Blade Runner (97)

We watched Blade Runner (1982) last night. I’ve seen it before, but that was over 20 years ago. No, I’ve not watched it again since then. (Don’t judge me, I’ve been busy.)

I remembered the key elements – Replicants, Daryl Hannah doing gymnastics, Rutger Hauer looking fierce and Harrison Ford. *sigh* (Yes, I’m one of the kajillion girls that had a crush on him. I even watched the Frisco Kid every time it was on TV in spite of my mild aversion to Gene Wilder.)

I found the movie much more enjoyable this viewing, and picked up on a LOT more story than I caught the first time. This makes me wonder if I’d ever watched the ENTIRE movie before. It bears pointing out that Joanna Cassidy, who has been in a lot of movies but is not likely a household name (Christina Applegate’s boss in “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead”, if that helps), had a killer body.

Ridley Scott directed, and visually it’s a very beautiful and striking movie. I giggled at the fact that it’s set in the year 2019, only 9 years away from now. It also starred Edward James Olmos and Sean Young (before she went crazy for Cat Woman). She had a very touching moment, and I had forgotten that she’s actually a pretty good actor.

My favorite line is probably Rachel’s “I’m not in the business. I am the business.”

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2 replies on “Blade Runner (97)”

Yep, a classic. I too had a fairly long stretch between viewings. I wasn’t as enamored with it as a kid like a lot of other people were, but I always remembered it was cool.

I saw it again a few years ago when the Director’s Cut version came out on DVD, and then last night. It’s kind of funny though that there are still some little things that I didn’t pick up on before that hit me this time.

The primary event that comes to mind is that Deckard basically rapes Rachel in his apartment. I know it was being artsy/moody or even attempting to be romantic as in “you resist, but we both know we’re in love” – but Viv and I had to pause things and check each other… yep, sure seemed like rape.

How did I forget to mention that?!? That was sooooo gross. And I’m left wondering at the ending, was she happy to be with him, or just resigned?
Thanks for the comments, love!

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