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Blade Runner
What our panel of critics thought

"This movie is both beautiful and sordid. Both wondrous and depressing. Insightful and yet offers no answers."

"I bet McDonalds never did a meal tie-in for this movie."

"You can watch this movie any number of times and on each viewing you get something else out of it. Or is it because they keep bringing out new versions? I can never tell. I am still waiting for the Directors ultimate cut, where the replicants win in the end."

"There is so much about this movie I still yet do not understand - the bit where he zooms in on the picture for instance, where he takes a hard copy, what is that all about?"

"Wonderfully murky and unpredictable."

"How were we to know that the snakey replicant would end up with such a successful career in tv's LA Law all those years later?"

"If there is a weather condition for this movie it is rainy. Shot entirely at night, it is a grim reminder that not all science fiction is as sparkling as Star Wars."

"Voight-Kampff, is that a clever play on words, I can't tell."

Please tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary

Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a replicant himself. He doesn't know this until he sees a unicorn which reminds him of one of the preprogrammed memories given all replicants to make them think they are real.

Deckard is hired to kill a number of replicants, which he does. One of which he falls in love with - Rachel. Rachel also did not know she was a replicant until Deckard did the iris test (Voight-Kampff) on her.

One of the replicants, Roy, fights back (Rutger Hauer). Whilst he dies in the end, before he does so he gives the famous 'shoulder of Orion speech' (below) which apparently was written a couple of hours beforehand and had audiences passing out due to its beauty (or this could be PR spin, we are not sure).

Quotable quotes (real)
The shoulder of Orion speech: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in the rain... Time to die."
Other comments
Definite top 20 movie, possible top 10.
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