Bladerunner: Was Deckard a replicant?

Discussion in 'Blade Runner' started by Brian Turner, Oct 18, 2004.


    nedergras New Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    In the beginning of the film after Deckard meets up with Brian Tucker to go over the videos of the replicants of Leon, Roy, Zhora, and Pris... Tucker tells Deckard "you tell me pal, thats what you're here for" after Deckard asks what the Replicants want with the Tyrell Corporation. Watch as Tucker analyzes Deckards reactions as Tucker pans from Zhora to Pris... and watch Tucker's reaction after he tells Deckard that the designers of the Replicants built in a failsafe device or 4 year lifespan. Tucker seemed concerned at first that Deckard might realize that Tucker is also referring to Deckard while talking about the 4 year lifespan, but after seeing Deckard's reaction Tucker is relieved that Deckard didn't get the vibe. Then after Tucker tells Deckard to go to Tyrell to meet up with a Nexus 6 and to put the machine on, Tucker seems surprised at Deckard's reply of "not if the machine doesn't work" which opens the door on whether Deckard realizes hes a replicant too or doesn't.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
    Jacob Larch

    Jacob Larch New Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    For what it's worth, I think it's one of the great pieces of cinema to pose such a question and then not provide an answer. Bit like the spinning top at the end of Inception.

    Was Deckard a replicant? Does it matter if there is a definitive answer? As intelligent cinema audience and science fiction readers, we all have our own thoughts, and who's to say that any of us are wrong?

    did we enjoy the film? Whether we did or did not, opinion is never wrong!

    shackle5 New Member

    Aug 4, 2012
    I'm not sure if he was. I didn't think so.

    Another thing about the film; it's set in 2019. Why wasn't the year something like 2219? Clearly the year 2019 depicted in the film is way, way off.

    There's a series called State of Syn (2012) set in 2043. Again, the society depicted is not accurate. Why do Hollywood movies etc. always seem to get the 'future year' so wrong?

    Abernovo Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    It might be said that they didn't get the year wrong. It might simply not be our reality, which considering PK Dick, would be apt.

    In this case, it's not so much Hollywood, but Dick himself who described the world. The film is very different to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but the world is very much based on the novel and Dick's ideas. Plus, it was written in 1968, when 2019 was a good way off.

    As to Deckard being a replicant - it goes back to the question of whose reality is it? I like the unanswered nature of it.

    Morbius New Member

    Aug 10, 2012
    In the interview I saw, I remember how Ridley Scot was initially hesitant to answer the question because he was surprised by how this became an emotional issue for so many people. But eventually in a round-about way he indicated Deckard was a replicant. That surprised me completely 'cause it went right over my head when I first saw the movie. But in the end it sorta makes sense & is an interesting twist.

    Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty had some amazing & unforgetable moments too. Like when he was on the roof in the rain, after saving Deckard's life:

    "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe! Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die."
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    Deckard's Shirts New Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Even if Scott thought he was a replicant, doesn't the fact that Harrison Ford played him as human mean he was one? Unless Harrison Ford had memory implants too...

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