Dadoes Commonly used abbreviation for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.
Dangerous Days The third title for Hampton Fancher's second Blade Runner screenplay from 1979.
DC Commonly used abbreviation for the Director's Cut.
Deckard, Rick The lead character in Blade Runner. Experienced blade runner, "wizard". Quit from Rep-Detect, although it is never said exactly why. He is forced by his former boss, Captain Bryant, to do one last assignment: track down and retire a group of rogue replicants, lead by Roy Batty. Suffers badly during his mission: he almost gets strangled by Zhora in The Snake Pit, gets brutally beaten up by Leon in a deserted alley, gets acrobatically assaulted by Pris in J. F. Sebastian's apartment and gets his hand crippled by Roy Batty in the same place. Not much of a hero: he only retires women, Pris and Zhora, the latter by shooting her in the back twice. Strange preferences: falls in love with the experimental replicant Rachael. On the edge of alcoholism, divorced according to the voice-over in the Domestic Cut. Portrayed by Harrison Ford. Illustration: Rick Deckard. See also unicorn, the and Nexus-7.
Deckard's ex-wife Very little is known about Deckard's ex-wife. Judging from the voice-over in the Domestic Cut, she considered Deckard to be a cold-hearted man. In the screenplay of 1981-02-23, Deckard tells Rachael: "She left me. Went offworld. Wanted the good life." See also Iran.
Deck-a-rep Slang for the unicorn issue among fans.
Deeley, Michael Blade Runner's producer. Born 6 August 1932 in England. Experienced TV producer. Most famous for the production of The Deer Hunter, winner of five Academy Awards. Blade Runner was actually his following project. External link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Denver/Dallas Sneak Preview see Workprint, the
Designation Normal names appointed to replicants. E.g. replicant N6MAC41717 has the designation Leon. It is uncertain whether the designation is individual or not. Why only Roy Batty has a surname in Bryant's esper files is never clarified, but it may have to do with the fact that he is the only mental A level replicant. In Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, K. W. Jeter suggests the possibility that all replicants originating from the same templant have the same designation.
Dick, Philip K. Said to be one of the most important sci-fi authors ever. Most famous for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the novel which Blade Runner is based upon/inspired by. Born 16 December 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, died in 2 March 1982, a few weeks before Blade Runner opened. Philip K. Dick wrote more than 40 novels and a large number of short stories. The Man in the High Castle rendered him a Hugo award in 1962. Philip K. Dick's original and innovative style continues to generate dedicated fans. A few titles which are popular among fans: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Man in the High Castle, Martian Timeslip, Ubik, A Scanner Darkly and VALIS.
Director's Cut, the Released in 1992. Officially replaced the Domestic Cut for theatrical and television showings, as well as DVD releases. The voice-over narration and happy ending is excluded and a controversial unicorn dream sequence included. This version is said to be more true to Ridley Scott's initial intentions than the Domestic Cut, but it is not really a director's cut. If you have seen Blade Runner on video or cinema recently, it is most probably The Director's Cut.
Dix huit clearance Clearance code at the Tyrell Corporation. Only four people have dix huit clearance: Hannibal Chew, Eldon Tyrell, J. F. Sebastian and Hermann Schlecht. Mentioned in the screenplay of 1981-02-23. Note: "Dix huit" is French for "eighteen".
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
1) Science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick from 1968. Blade Runner is based upon/inspired by this novel. The big picture is basically the same, but there are as many divergences as similarities. Some characters and some concepts have different names and many important scenes in the book were never used in the movie. A striking difference is that the world is haungtingly depopulated, as the majority has left Earth for the colonies. Many important concepts in the novel were ignored, marginalized or simplified in the movie. If not stated otherwise, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" refers to Philip K. Dick's novel in this encyclopedia.
2) The title of Hampton Fancher's first Blade Runner script.
Domestic Cut, the The version which hit the screens in 1982, usually referred to as the "Original Version" (OV) among fans. Several minor scenes and a couple of major ones in the Workprint were cut out in the Domestic Cut. In order to please the audience, voice-over narration and a happy ending, popularly called Ride Into the Sunset, were added to the movie. The Domestic Cut can still be found in well-asorted video stores in Europe.
Edge of Human, The see Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human
Electro-field A futuristic, lethal technology used in security systems and perhaps also other contexts as well. It is mentioned briefly in the movie that one of the replicants in Roy Batty's group has been killed by an electro-field during a break-in attempt at the Tyrell Pyramid.
Empathy Definition of empathy in Cassell Concise English Dictionary: "The capacity for reacting to the experience of or appreciating things or emotions outside ourselves". In a narrow sense, empathy is the ability to feel pity for or experience the pain of other living creatures. This is an essential concept in Blade Runner, as replicants lack or have less developed empathy than human beings. Consequently, replicants are more inclined to act mercilessly or even sadistically than average human beings. An empathy test called Voigt-Kampff is the only method besides a bone marrow test to determine whether an individual is a Nexus-6 or a human being. Empathy is a very important if not the most important issue in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. The novel approaches the subject from a philosophical angle, whereas the movie approaches it from a more technical angle.
Ennis-Brown House, The The exterior, more precisely the first floor, of Deckard's apartment complex is a real building. It is called "The Ennis-Brown House" and was designed in 1924 by the controversial architect Frank Lloyd Wright, whose work Ridley Scott seems to admire. Located at 2655 Glendower Avenue, Los Angeles.
Esper Description in the 1982 press kit: "A high-density computer with a very powerful three-dimensional resolution capacity and a cryogenic cooling system. The police cars and Deckard's apartment contain small models which can be channeled into the large one at police headquarters. This big apparatus is a well-worn, retro-fitted part of the furniture. Among many functions, the Esper can analyze and enlarge photos, enabling investigators to search a room without being there." Bryant briefs Deckard with the help of an esper and Deckard examines Leon's photos with one as well. Which word "esper" has been derived from has never been explained. Illustration: esper.
Fancher, Hampton Credited in Blade Runner as executive producer, together with his friend Brian Kelly, and screenwriter, together with David Peoples. Born 18 July 1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Some attempts were made during the '70s to option the rights for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but no-one was successful until Hampton Fancher entered the scene. An actor who had decided to become a producer, Fancher managed to persuade Philip K. Dick to co-operate. He initiated the adaptation of Blade Runner by writing the original Blade Runner screenplays and engage the famous producer Michael Deeley in the project. During pre-production, Fancher and Ridley Scott had different views on the end product and Fancher was partially replaced by David Peoples. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Ferrari spinner Mentioned in the screenplay of 1981-02-23. When Gaff is giving Deckard a ride in his spinner to the Tyrell Pyramid, a Ferrari spinner blasts by and provoces Gaff to pursue. In the final movie, a smooth spinner model can actually be seen driving by in the same scene. The spinner in question is sometimes also referred to as the "Lamborghini spinner" by fans. Illustration: Ferrari spinner.
Film noir A movie genre which cannot easily be defined or demarcated. The term usually refers to American gangster movies from the '40s and '50s, often adaptations of hard-boiled, contemporary pulp fiction, e.g. by Raymond Chandler. Film noir movies often take place in the underworld of a large city and are characterized by brutal violence and harsh dialouge. Classic examples are The Maltese Falcon (1941), Kiss of Death (1947), The Naked City (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Kiss Me Deadly (1955). Blade Runner is often labeled film noir, although the matter might be discussed. See also tech noir.
Ford, Harrison The actor portraying Rick Deckard. Born 13 July 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ford is the most successful actor in the world when it comes to box office receipts. Best known from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones triologies and does not really need any further presentation. Ford did not like the way his role turned out in Blade Runner and has been slightly hostile against both the movie and the director Ridley Scott ever since. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner Nicknamed "The Blade Runner Bible" or "The Blade Runner Encyclopedia". The author, Paul M. Sammon, accounts for every single detail of the movie. More than 400 pages of behind-the-scenes material, exclusive interviews, unique photos, complete credits etc. The book was released in 1996 and has recieved overall good reviews. Fans, and others as well, consider it to be a complete masterpiece and it has, without any doubt, been essential for the Blade Runner revival in recent years. The compilation of this encyclopedia would have been impossible without Future Noir. Note: Future Noir was shortened down by the publishers, but the deleted material may be re-inserted in a re-release in the future.
Gaff Less experienced blade runner, at least according to the voice-over in the Domestic Cut. Deckard's antagonist and competitor. Gaff obviously shadows Deckard troughout the movie, probably following orders from Bryant. Gaff is usually dressed like a dandy and walking with a cane. He has Japanese, Italian and Latino inheritance and masters ten languages and cityspeak. Very skilled in the art of origami. In the screenplay of 1981-02-23, Gaff claims that he masters the martial art savate, "French foot fighting". Blade Runner trivia: The name is actually derived from the word "gaffe". Portrayed by Edward James Olmos. Illustration: Gaff.
Glowing Eyes In the movie, replicant eyes can be seen glowing in a peculiar way. It is most apparent during Rachael's Voight-Kampff test and when Roy Batty confronts Tyrell. The fact that Deckard's eyes can be seen gloving briefly in the movie is a very controversial fact among fans, see the unicorn. It has been confirmed by the crew that this was intended. Note that the glowing eyes are a purely cinematic tool. Illustration: Deckard's glowing eyes.
Gotham City Regarded as a possible title for Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. He even tried to obtain the rights, but in vain.
Hades Landscape The opening view of Blade Runner, the industrial inferno of Los Angeles 2019, is usually referred to as the "Hades Landscape".
Hannah, Daryl The actress portraying Pris. Born 3 December 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Has performed in more than 50 movies, e.g. Roxanne (1987) and Steel Magnolias (1989). Blade Runner had a part in her break-through and it has always been her favourite production. Blade Runner trivia: Daryl Hannah is actually skilled in acrobatics and had she not been injured during filming, she would have done her own stunts during the melee with Harrison Ford. External link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Happy Ending, the see Ride Into the Sunset
Hauer Rutger The actor portraying Roy Batty. Born 23 January 1944, Breukelen, Netherlands. Former sailor, soldier, gardener, travelling actor etc. Roy Batty is without any doubt the role of his life. Rutger has acted in over 80 movies, many straight-to-video productions, but also many interesting movies, e.g. Turkish Delight (1973), Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (1977), Ladyhawk (1985), Flesh & Blood (1985), The Hitcher (1985), Blind Fury (1989) and Fatherland (TV movie) (1994). See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Have a better one! When Deckard is approached in a deserted alley by a spinner cop, they have a friendly argument and the cop leaves with the words "Have a better one!". It is supposed to be "Have a nice day!" of year 2019. Today, it is used more or less frequently among fans.
Heavy metal Anglo-Saxon name for the French comic Metal Hurlant, probably best described as adult fantasy and science fiction. Ridley Scott was heavily influenced by Heavy Metal in general and Moebius in particular when he created Blade Runner's distinctive look.
Hiroshige, Kimiro The actor portraying the Cambodian Lady Born 3 July 1912 in Hilo, Hawaii, died in 7 September 1989. Movies: Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), Steele Justice (1987) etc. Also performed in a few M*A*S*H episodes. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Hodge One of Roy Batty's renegade replicants in earlier scripts. Hodge was completely cut out long before principal photography. Perhaps it is safe to assume that Hodge was the replicant who was "fried" by an electro-field. The controversial literary sequel Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human suggests a much more speculative theory about "the fifth replicant". See also Sixth Replicant, the.
Holden, dave Experienced blade runner with skills comparable to Rick Deckard's. Wears smooth costumes. Apparently a chain-smoker. Holden is seriously injured, almost killed, by Leon while running a Voight-Kampff test on the latter. Hospitalized, which was illustrated in the Hospital Scene. Holden returns in the controversial literary sequels Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human and Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night. Portrayed by Morgan Paull. Illustration: Dave Holden. See also the Hospital Scene.
Holden & the Hospital see Hospital Scene, the
Hong, James The actor portraying Chew. Born in 1929. Hong has performed in over a hundred movies, usually as villain: Chinatown (1974), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Shadow (1994), Silent Fury (1994), Tank Girl (1995), Breakout (1998) etc. Hong is also a producer and writer and has directed Teen Lust (1978), The Vineyard (1989) and Singapore Sling (1998). See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Hospital Scene, the The so-called Hospital Scene has become a legend as it was filmed, but never used. In this scene, which was supposed to follow Bryant's briefing, Deckard visits Holden in a futuristic hospital. Barely alive in an iron lung, the injured blade runner reads an electronic copy of Treasure Island. The two Rep-Detect veterans basically discuss the complications with the new Nexus-6 generation. In a following, never filmed scene Bryant and Gaff monitor their discussion. Note: There has been much confusion around this issue and exactly what the original "Hospital Scene" was is uncertain.