Happy Monday, everyone. Today is the 68th birthday of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer. For this week’s edition of Musical Monday I thought I’d take a look at arguably his most famous film, Blade Runner.
Released in 1982 and directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner is set in the not too distant future where man has the technology to build replicants, human clones who serve in the colonies outside Earth. Hauer stars alongside Harrison Ford and Daryl Hannah.
The score was composed by Vangelis, and it received a BAFTA nomination at the 1983 awards ceremony. Unfortunately, it lost out to John Williams and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. It did take home the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design/Art Direction, though.
Vangelis’ score is very synthy, and echoes the film very well. For me, the standout song from the soundtrack is the love theme, which features British saxophonist Dick Morrissey.
PS. Click here to read my short and snappy Favourites Friday post on Blade Runner. Though I wrote that post in October 2010, Blade Runner remains one of my all-time favourite films.