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Blade Runner

Sean Redmond


Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner is now widely recognized as an undisputed masterwork of science-fiction cinema and one of the most influential films released in the last forty years. Yet on its original release, it was both a critical and commercial failure, criticized for its perceived prioritizing of style over content and a narrative that did not deliver the anticipated high-octane action that its star casting and large budget normally promise. How did a film that was removed from circulation within a month of its premiere come to mean so much to modern audiences and provide such a ri ... More

Keywords: Ridley Scott, science-fiction cinema, special effects, future city, sexual politics, racial politics, commercial failure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325093
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Redmond, author
Deakin University