Immortal Game, the The chess game between Tyrell and Sebastian is supposed to imitate a game beteween A. Anderssen and L. Kieseritzki played in 1851. Contemporary chess enthusiasts entitled the game "the immortal game", despite the fact it contained several flaws. A. Anderssen won the game, by the way.
Incept date The date a replicant is activated, its day of birth so to speak.
International Cut, the Released in 1987, Criterion's number one selling laser disc for many years. The International Cut contains graphic violence excluded from the original theatrical version, the Domestic Cut. Might still be available in some well-assorted video stores.
Iran The name of Deckard's wife in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Iran is a depressed and almost apathetic woman, adicted to her mood organ, see Mercerism. According to the voice-over in the Domestic Cut, Deckard is divorced. Consequently, Deckard's ex-wife is often called Iran in fan fiction and other fandom expressions.
Isidore, J. R. The dramaturgical counterpart of J. F. Sebastian in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Isidore is a special and works in Van Ness Pet Hospital, specialised in discreet repairs of electronic replicas of extinct animals. Isidore also appears in Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human.
James, Brion The actor portraying Leon. Born 20 February 1945 in Beaumont, California, USA. Died August 7 1999. Brion James was a true veteran, with over 100 television roles and more than 120 movie roles. His performance as Leon is without any doubt one of his most popular, but he also made memorable performances in 48 Hrs. (1982), Enemy Mine (1985) The Player (1992), The Fifth Element (1997) and many more. Throughout his whole life, Brion James was obsessed with movies and frequently went to the flicks. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Jeter, K. W. Author of science fiction, e.g. Farewell Horizontal, Wolf Flow and Dr. Adder. Jeter was a friend of Philip K. Dick when he was alive, and Dick praised some of Jeter's work, e.g. Dr. Adder. Jeter is the author of the literary Blade Runner sequels Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human and Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night. Both the author and the novels are controversial among Blade Runner fans.
Kaiser Together with Bear, Kaiser is the manufactured friend of J. F. Sebastian. Kaiser and Bear are defective replicant toys who Sebastian has kept, according to William Sanderson. Kaiser is the one with Pinoccio nose and Prussian outfit. Portrayed by John Edward Allen.
Kelly, Brian Blade Runner's executive producer together with Hampton Fancher. Born 14 February 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Actor, e.g. the TV show Flipper, whose career was ended by a motorcycle accident and decided to become a producer. Being an old friend of Hampton Fancher, he arranged the purchase of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and encouraged and financed Fancher's screenwriting. Kelly's efforts were essential during the first phase of the adaptation. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Kipple As J. R. Isidore explains the phenomenon: "Kipple is useless objects, like junk mail or match folders after you use the last match or gum wrappers or yesterday's homeopape. When nobody's around, kipple reproduces itself." Kipple is the humorous symbol for Earth's terminal decay after World War Terminus. The term is mentioned briefly in Blade Runner: The Computer Game and is sometimes used as an esoteric joke among fans.
Kowalski, Leon see Leon
Leon Renegade Nexus-6 replicant. Esper data: "ID: N6MAC41717; Incept Date: 10 APRIL 2017; Function: Combat/Loader (Nuc. Fiss.); Physics: LEV. A, Mental: LEV. C." The surname "Kowalski" is never mentioned in Bryant's esper files, which suggests that it is not Leon's original designation, but only an alias. Member of the group of renegade replicants lead by Roy Batty. Risking exposure when submitted to a Voight-Kampff test at the Tyrell Pyramid, he injures blade runner Holden seriously. Involved in the murder of Chew. Shot to death by Rachael during melee with Deckard after witnessing the retirement of Zhora. Supposedly Zhora's lover. Portrayed by Brion James. Illustration: Leon.
Lewis, Taffey A dubious character in charge of The Snake Pit, probably both owner and manager. He is obviously not fond of police interference as he is anything but co-operative when Deckard investigates the establishment. It is reasonable to assume that he is involved in criminal enterprises or at least has connections in the underworld of Los Angeles. Portrayed by Hy Pyke.
Los Angeles Except for what we can see for ourselves in the movie, there is actually very little information about Los Angeles, 2019. According to the second Domestic Cut trailer, 106 million people are living in this monstrous mega-city! Evidently out of practical reasons, the city has been divided into sectors. Judging from the opening view in the movie, Los Angeles is an industrial centre, dominated by refineries and the Tyrell Pyramid. Apparently, the prices for land leasing have accelerated dramatically, as buildings tend to be several hundred stories tall. Judging from the many passers-by in the movie, Los Angeles is dominated by Asian immigrants, although one would expect to see more Hispanics.
Mary see Sixth Replicant, the
Mead, Syd Has worked as conventional industrial designer for Ford Motor Company, U.S. Steel, Philips Electronics etc., and futuristic concept designer for Sony, Chrysler etc. He is most famous as futuristic consultant/visualiser/designer for science fiction movies like Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Tron (1980), 2010 (1984), Aliens (1986), Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and Mission to Mars (2000). In Blade Runner, he was credited as "visual futurist". External link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Mechanismo The third title of Hampton Fancher's second Blade Runner script from 1979. Originally the title of a futuristic art book.
Memory implants Artificial memories integrated in a replicant's mind. The procedure is conducted in order to create an imaginary past for the replicant, making it believe it is a human being. In the screenplay of 1981-02-23, Tyrell explains: "In the case of Rachael, I simply copied and regenerated cells from the brain of my sixteen-year- old niece. Rachael remembers what my little niece remembers." Memory implants renders the replicant mental stability and makes it less a dangerous creation. It is evidently a rare and experimental method. Rachael has memory implants. If one follows the hypothesis that Deckard is a replicant, then he too must have memory implants. See also brain implants and Nexus-7.
Mercerism Enigmatic philosophy/religion in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. An important issue in Mercerism is empathy and followers seek enlightment through "mood organs", a kind of virtual reality technology. The founder of this complex philosophy/religion is a mysterious man with the name Wilbur Mercer. Mercerism is never mentioned in the movie.
Metal hurlant see Heavy Metal
1) Silent movie from 1926 by the famous director Fritz Lang. A true film classic which changed the look of science fiction forever. Special effects supervisor David Dryer says in Future Noir: the Making of Blade Runner that "there's an awful lot of Metropolis in Blade Runner. Those cityscapes you see before being introduced to Deckard and the flashing lights in Tyrell's office, for instance. I was even using stills from Metropolis when I was lining up Blade Runner's miniature building shots."
2) The working title of a never filmed sequel to Blade Runner by Ridley Scott. It was supposed to be an independent sequel or "sidequel" which would take place "in the same universe as Blade Runner". At least one script was written.
Millenium Falcon Han Solo's battered trade ship in the Star Wars trilogy actually appears in Blade Runner. A model maker named Bill George was building a Millenium Falcon replica and due to the arduous circumstances during production it was used as a more or less improvised building. It was used in the scene where Gaff gives Deckard a ride to the police headquarters and is almost unrecognisable. As a hommage to Blade Runner, spinners appear on Coruscant in Episode I: The Phantom Menace in the continuing Star Wars saga.
Mister Nighttime In the screenplay of 1981-02-23, Gaff tells Deckard at the noodlebar: "You are a Blade Runner in the Four Sector and after the slaughter at the steel shop they called you Mister Nighttime."
Moebius Real name: Jean Giraud. Artist famous for his original fantasy and science fiction comics and has even been honored on a stamp! Born 8 May 1938 in Nogent-sur-Marne, France. Significant works: Arzak, The Airtight Garage, Silver Surfer: Parable (with Stan Lee) and numerous contributions to Heavy Metal. Moebius has also contributed with futuristic designs to some movies, e.g. Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), Tron (1982), Willow (1988), The Abyss (1989), The Fifth Element and was also involved together with Ridley Scott in Dune (1984), a project which they both left. Moebious also made some uncredited costume designs for Blade Runner. Ridley Scott was heavily influenced by Heavy Metal in general and Moebius in particular when he created Blade Runner's distinctive look.
Moni The equivalent of Time or Newsweek in Ridleyville. Headlines: "Higher Tech" (by "L. G. Paull"), "Earthlings Pay Big $ To See Future" (by "M. Deleey") and "Illegal Aliens" (by "R. Scott").
More human than human The motto of the Tyrell Corporation.
Nekko Corporation In an early script from 1980, the Tyrell Corporation was called the Nekko Corporation.
New wave In the early '80s, a special fashion emerged among youngsters: New Wave. It was basically a kind of futuristic punk, connected to the new electronic music scene and preceding cyberpunk fashion. The most obvious example of New Wave fashion in Blade Runner is Pris's fanciful outfit, but many other examples can also be seen on passers-by in the streets.
Nexus Simply means link or connection. Obviously, it is a generic term for replicants. Excerpt from the opening crawl: "Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase a being virtually identical to a human known as a Replicant."
Nexus-6 The state-of-the-art generation of replicants who Deckard has to face. It seems the Nexus-6 replicants are the first truly convincing imitations of human beings, only physically distinguishable through bone marrow tests and Voigt-Kampff tests. They can be seen as artificial superhumans, which is emphasized in the opening crawl: "The NEXUS-6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them." Nexus-6 models are fully sentient beings, thus fully capable of developing emotions. As a failsafe device, their life spans are limited to four years. Judging from the dialogue in the notorious Hospital scene, the Nexus-6 generation is surrounded by secrecy and the Tyrell Corporation is far from willing to share information with Rep-Detect. Roy Batty, Leon, Zhora, Pris and probably Rachael too are all Nexus-6 replicants.
Nexus-7 A casual suggestion of a possibility mentioned by Ridley Scott during an interview conducted by Paul M. Sammon. Nexus-7 is supposed to be the next generation of replicants, who do not possess superhuman strength and speed in order to resemble human beings completely. Nexus-7 models have memory implants and "spiritual" brain implants, which completes the illusion of a human being. They might actually not have confined life spans, i.e. be immortal. Deckard could be a Nexus-7, according to Ridley Scott. See also the unicorn.
New American Dictionary In the Workprint, the familiar opening crawl was not used, but an excerpt from a 2016 edition of the "New American Dictionary": "REPLICANT\rep'-li-cant\n. See also ROBOT (antique): ANDROID (obsolete): NEXUS (generic): Synthetic human, with paraphysical capabilities, having skin/flesh culture. Also: Rep, skin job (slang): Off-world use: Combat, high risk industrial deepspace probe. On-world use prohibited. Specifications and quantities â€” information classified. New American Dictionary. Copyright © 2016." The New American Dictionary excerpt was replaced by the opening crawl, as the previews indicated the audience might experience problems comprehending the story otherwise.
New American Orchestra, the see Blade Runner: Orchestral Adaptation
Nighthawks Painting by the American artist Edward Hopper. Paul M. Sammon describes it perfectly in Future Noir: the Making of Blade Runner: "This famous work depicts a group of nocturnal urban dwellers frozen in silent meditation under the stark fluorescent light of a sparesly populated all-night diner." Nighthawks was an important visual influence for Ridley Scott during the early stages of production, or as he told Paul M. Sammon: "I was constantly waving a reproduction of this painting under the noses of the production team to illustrate the look and mood I was after in Blade Runner."
NuArt/Castro Screenings, the During a few weeks in the autumn 1992, some lucky bastards got the opportunity to watch the Workprint on the big screen, perhaps for the last time ever.
Off-world Adjective used to describe anything outside earth in general and the space colonies in particular. See also Colonization Program, the.
Okazaki, Bob A.k.a. Robert Okazaki. The actor portraying the Sushi Master. Born 3 February 1902, died in 28 May 1985. Movies: Jungle Heat (1957), Tokyo After Dark (1959), The Crimson Kimono (1959), Hell to Eternity (1960), Cry for Happy (1961), A Girl Named Tamiko (1962), The Karate Killers (1967) etc. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
Okazaki, Jiro The actor portraying Gaff's cop companion at the White Dragon Noodle Bar. Has mainly performed in Japanese movies which have not reached the West. Whether he is related to Bob Okazaki or not is uncertain.
Olmos, Edward James The actor portraying Gaff. Born 24 February 1947 in East Los Angeles, California, USA. Memorable performances in Stand and Deliver (1987), which rendered him an Accademy Award nomination in the "best actor" class for his starring role, Triumph of the Spirit (1989) and American Me (1992), which he also directed and produced. Famous for his performance as Lt. Martin Castillo in TV series Miami Vice. A socially conscious activist, especially in the field of children's needs and rights. Blade Runner trivia: The actual expression of Gaff's Cityspeak was invented by Olmos with the help of a linguist. See also external link: Internet Movie DataBase entry.
On-world Seldom used adjective for anything concerning Earth, as opposed to Off-world.
opening crawl, the The scrolling opening text of all versions of Blade Runner except the Workprint, which opens with an excerpt from the New American Dictionary instead. The opening crawl: "Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase a being virtually identical to a human known as a Replicant. The NEXUS-6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence, to the genetic engineers who created them. Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS-6 combat team in an Off-world colony, Replicants were declared illegal on earth under penalty of death. Special police squads BLADE RUNNER UNITS had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicants. This was not called execution. It was called retirement."
original version, the see The Domestic Cut
OV Abbreviation for the "Original Version". see The Domestic Cut