external image 200px-Blade_Runner_poster.jpgBlade Runner is a film based on Phillip K. Dick's novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Blade Runner is sometimes used as an alternate title for the book.

Harrison Ford plays Rick Deckard, the android killing protagonist of the story. The movie, unlike the book, starts with him being asked to hunt down an android. The movie does not contain the mood organ, or Rick's electric sheep.

The film focuses much less on some of the deeper concepts that the book talks about, and pays more attention to the fight scenes and Rick's job as a bounty hunter.

According to the Wikipedia page, the movie depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants are used for dangerous and degrading work on Earth's "off-world colonies." Following a small replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and kill escaped replicants on Earth.


Many clips are available on YouTube!

Some photos, videos, and information about the actors and the plot are available at IMDb.

"The film is credited with prefiguring important concerns of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, such as overpopulation, globalization, climate change and genetic engineering." (http://www.gateway.net/celebrity/celebgossip.jsp?feature=ce_cel_12112007)

There were many spin-offs of the movie, including a comic book series, a television series, and two video games. The comic book series was an adaptation of the movie that was generally poorly received. Apparently it had lots of misquoted dialogue from the movie and left out many important scenes.
The television series, called Total Recall 2070, was not officially based on Blade Runner, but it dealt with many of the same ideas and had a similar setting; it took place in a dark, crowded, industrial setting where androids lived alongside humans. And like Blade Runner, it talked much androids and the rights that they possess. Although it was never officially related to Blade Runner, many consider it the movie's spiritual sequel.
Finally, the 1997 video game's story took place at the same time that the movie was happening in the Blade Runner universe. However, the player does not control Rick Deckard, but another android hunter that is working at the same time he is. The events of the game occur at a parallel with the events of the movie.