Was Deckard a Replicant?
18 years the mistery is revealed...
Ridley Scott has
revealed what for 18 years all the fan of B.R. have always
suspected but of which certainties didn't exist. In the Director's
cut version Deckard IS a Replicant! His dreams, in
fact, (like the unicorn's dream) are only memories that were
installed in his artificial mind exactly like those of Rachel.
It could be understood by the fact that Gaff creates a small
unicorn of origami and lets him to find it on his floor, leaving
him to understand the truth.
The official version instead, was modified by the production,
cutting the unicorn's dream to don't let understand that Deckard
is a Replicant, and it has been added the happy-ending to increase
the audience's satisfaction, and money incomes.
So in this version Deckard isn't a Replicant but a human being
that, at the end, escapes from all with his new girlfriend toward
a happy life.
that the mistery is revealed there shouldn't be reasons yet
to insist on the hypotheses that could let to think that Deckard
is or isn't Replicant, however for an historical reason and
for possible matters of discussion and of criticism of the movie,
I propose the principal themes that in these years have stimulated
the minds of most relentless fans of Blade Runner.
about the hypothesis of Deckard as Replicant:
Scott and Harrison Ford have stated that Deckard was meant to be
a replicant. In Details (US) October 1992 Ford says:
"Blade Runner was not one of my favorite films. I tangled with
Ridley. The biggest problem was that at the end, he wanted the audience
to find out that Deckard was a replicant. I fought that because
I felt the audience needed somebody to cheer for".
shooting script had a voice-over where Deckard says, "I knew
it on the roof that night. We were brothers, Roy Batty and I!"
knew that Deckard dreamt of a unicorn, therefore Gaff knew what
dreams that Deckard had been implanted with. (BRDC only)
have a penchant for photographs, because it gives them a tie to
their non-existent past. Deckard's flat is packed with photos, and
none of them are recent or in color. Despite her memories, Rachael
needed a photo as an emotional cushion. Likewise, Deckard would
need photos, despite his memory implants. Rachael plays the piano,
and Deckard has a piano in his flat.
tells him "You've done a man's job, sir!". Early drafts of the script
have him then add: "But are you sure you are man? It's hard to be
sure who's who around here."
a replicant could survive the beatings that Deckard takes, and then
struggle up the side of a building with two dislocated fingers.
threat "If you're not a cop, you're little people" might be an allusion
to Deckard being created solely for police work.
eyes glow (yellow-orange) when he tells Rachael that he wouldn't
go after her, "but someone would". Deckard is standing behind Rachael,
and he's out of focus.
knew Deckard's name, yet he was never told it. Someone has hypothesized
that Deckard could have had a role in the Replicant ribellion on
the off-world colony but that he has been used by the police for
hunting the others. In this case, Bryant includes Deckard within
the five escaped Replicants.
police would not risk a human to hunt four powerful replicants,
particularly since replicants were designed for such dangerous work.
Of course Deckard would have to think he was human or he might not
be willing to hunt down other replicants.
seems to follow Deckard everywhere -- he is at the scene of all
the Replicant retirings almost immediately. Gaff is always with
Deckard when the chief is around. This suggests that Gaff is the
real Blade Runner, and that Deckard is only a tool Gaff uses for
the dirty work.
about the hypothesis of Deckard as Human:
major point of the film was to show Deckard (The Common Man) the
value of life. "What's it like to live in fear?" If all the main
characters are replicants, the contrast between humans and replicants
had an implanted unicorn dream and Deckard's reverie in BRDC was
a result of having seen her implants. Gaff may have seen Rachael's
implants at the same time Deckard did, perhaps while they were at
you trust a replicant to kill other replicants? Why did the police
Deckard as a replicant implies a conspiracy between the police and
were outlawed on Earth and it seems unlikely that a replicant would
have an ex-wife.
Deckard was a replicant designed to be a Blade Runner, why would
they give him bad memories of the police force? Wouldn't it be more
effective if he were loyal and happy about his work?
was not a replicant in novel of Dick, although he has another Blade
Runner test him at one point just to be sure.
Deckard is a Replicant, why he doesn't have the same physical strenght
of other Replicants? And why he feel pain instead others not?