By Chris Nashawaty
Updated May 20, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Blade Runner
Credit: Blade Runner: Everett Collection

Why ”Blade Runner” is one of the top 10 cult movies

Screw Han Solo and Indiana Jones; Harrison Ford was never cooler than when he was hunting replicants (like the one played by Daryl Hannah) in this future-shock noir. The setting: 2019 L.A., a neon hellhole where the rain barely ever lets up and threats are uttered in a babel of pidgin languages. In the middle of it all is Ford’s gumshoe Rick Deckard — a riff on Raymond Chandler’s Marlowe, with the Lucky Strikes replaced by retinal scans. The constant? Knockout dames like Sean Young, whose bloodred kisses promise doom. Based on a Philip K. Dick story, ”Blade Runner” is a classic that’s as twisty as a Möbius strip.
SIGNATURE LINE ”Wake up. Time to die.”
ORIGINAL OR DIRECTOR’S CUT? The latter, which features a sequence that hints that our hero may be a replicant too.

Blade Runner

  • Movie
  • R
  • 117 minutes
  • Ridley Scott