Blade Runner

When Ridley Scott's cut of Blade Runner was finally released in 1993, one had to wonder why the studio hadn't done it right the first time--11 years earlier. This version is so much better, mostly because of what's been eliminated (the ludicrous and redundant voice-over narration and the phony happ…






Holden:
You're in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down...

Leon:
What one?

Holden:
What?

Leon:
What desert?

Holden:
It doesn't make any difference what desert, it's completely hypothetical.

Leon:
But, how come I'd be there?

Holden:
Maybe you're fed up. Maybe you want to be by yourself. Who knows? You look down and see a tortoise, Leon. It's crawling toward you...

Leon:
Tortoise? What's that?

Holden:
You know what a turtle is?

Leon:
Of course!

Holden:
Same thing.

Leon:
I've never seen a turtle. (pause) But I understand what you mean.

Holden:
You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back, Leon.

Leon:
Do you make up these questions, Mr. Holden? Or do they write 'em down for you?

Holden:
The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.

Leon:
WHAT DO YOU MEAN, I'M NOT HELPING?

Holden:
I mean you're not helping! Why is that, Leon?

Holden:
They're just questions, Leon. In answer to your query they're written down for me. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. (pause) Shall we continue?

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