June 25 in Sci-fi History: Bladerunner, 35 Years Later

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Jun 25, 2017, 1:51 PM EDT (Updated)

35 years ago today, Blade Runner premiered in what turns out to have been a big movie weekend. Directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Harrison Ford and Sean Young and Rutger Hauer -- it's on most lists of top sci-fi movies. As per usual, let's start with the trailer:

Now. Take a quick pause to check out what's coming next with this shot-by-shot look at the Blade Runner 2049 trailer.

And then let's all pause to remember that there's an entire generation of science fiction viewers who've never seen this movie. If you know one of them, find a screening near you and go see it on the big screen. Or if not, find your friend with that huge TV. Because this scene is sort of revolutionary:

And finally (mostly?), watch Rutger Hauer do what Rutger Hauer was born to do.


Blade Runner premiered at number 2 during this weekend, being unable to unseat the number one movie that was sweeping the nation: E.T.  However, the other movie that premiered that weekend and had a pretty lasting impact? John Carpenter’s The Thing also premiered on this day in 1982.  Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, parasitic lifeforms that imitate your friends and family.


Tomorrow: Put on your red shoes and dance.