So, you heard that the famous Millennium Falcon spaceship from
Star Wars appears somehow in Blade Runner, but can't see where?
Well, this page should help you find it.
to Mr Search Engine Spider - sometimes incorrectly spelled Millenium
Falcon and even Milenium Falcon.)
Thanks to Mike and POD for the vidcaps. Due to the very dark nature
of Blade Runner, particularly the night flights across the city,
I've enhanced the brightness and/or contrast on these pictures to
try to make it a little easier to see.
Yes, that is it, in the foreground. More pictures further down
with precise details of where they appear in the film. But first,
how did Han Solo's spacebucket get to be in Blade Runner? This is
best described in these paragraphs from Future Noir, by Paul M.
another very distinctive spacecraft also found its way into
this part of the cityscape. "Bill George had been making
a replica of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's ship
from the Star Wars movies, for his own amusement,"
Stetson explained. "It was about five feet tall. At the
time we were so frantic to get more buildings into the cityscape
that we grabbed Bill's ship, bristled it with etched brass,
and plopped it into different shots. Instant building.
"If you want to pick out the Falcon in that Hero
Spinner landing sequence, look at the first of the two separate
model shots making up that scene," Stetson concludes.
"The Millennium Falcon is right in the mid-foreground
of the frame. In fact, the camera flies right over it during
the beginning of that first shot. Just look for this little
flashing blue Pan Am sign in the upper left of the frame at
the start of that first shot, before the Hero Spinner starts
coming in for a landing. The big, dark pointy building dead
center in the foreground is the Millennium Falcon."
(A Dark Star model spaceship was also used as a
building behind the Asian billboard.)
Found it yet? As the time index for different formats vary, I'll
be descriptive. At the very end of Chapter 4, Gaff has picked up
Deckard from the noodle bar and they are flying to see Bryant. Just
after we see the two of them from behind in an interior close-up
in the spinner and just before they swoop in to the police station,
you should see the following:
As described in FN, that big shadowy triangle with all the bits
sticking out of it is the Falcon. With the extra bits added to and
some bits removed from the Falcon, not to mention the noirish look,
it is difficult to recognise even when you know what to look for.
We fly over it for a few seconds and the police station becomes
visible behind it.
Now, some might see a view of the Falcon a few seconds later, here
outlined by POD.
If that one is too difficult to spot, perhaps you'll have better
luck with the following scene, which comes from the beginning of
Chapter 4 - just after Leon has put a hole in Holden. Look on the
left - can you see it? Perhaps if you watch the DVD and pause, you
may have better luck than with a video capture.
If you can't see it, then don't bother trying to find the Dark
Star spaceship! I have suspicions of which one it is, but does
anybody know for certain?.
Perhaps this picture of the model will gives a better idea of the
For a fun recognition of the Falcon's appearance in Blade Runner,
the Star Wars team stuck some spinners into The Phantom Menace.
In their big cityscape, a few spinners were added, but they are
very difficult to see even if you know exactly where to look.
And I suppose the irony hasn't escaped you - of Deckard flying
past Han Solo's ship, given that both were played by Harrison Ford
Oh, and in case you were wondering what that reference to "another
spaceship" meant at the beginning of the FN excerpt, that was
referring to the Close Encounters mould that was reused to create
the police rooftop - more on this subject to be added to the cityscape