“It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?”

From: Blade Runner

Genre: Movies

Who said it?: Gaff

The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the neo-noir film Blade Runner. Although it wasn’t a box office hit when it was released in 1982, Blade Runner has achieved cult status thanks to the incredibly creative world that Ridley Scott created for the film. The story follows one of the titular Blade Runners named Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) and his task to hunt down four rogue replicants, artificial humans, who have traveled to Earth in an attempt to lengthen their short lifespans.

The quote comes from the climax of the film. After one of the replicants Deckard was contracted to “retire” actually saves his life, one of the Blade Runner’s friends, Gaff (played by Edward James Olmos), appears in front of him. They have some banter, hinting that the job is finished and that Deckard might retire as a Blade Runner. Gaff then tosses Deckard a gun and then reminds him of Rachael, the replicant in his apartment. He turns and walks away but stops to deliver the quote.

Geek wisdom: Whether you’re a replicant or an actual human, life is just too short. As life is fleeting, you not only have to enjoy it as much as possible, this also means you only have a scant few years to make your mark in history. Try to live live to its fullest.

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One comment

  1. “All these moments will be lost… like tears… in rain.”

    Man, but I do have the biggest boner ever for Blade Runner. With 2049 coming out, I’d much rather see the original on the big screen (tomorrow night at the Egyptian theater in Boise… not that this information will impact anyone).

    This movie, and particularly the last 30 minutes / all of the replicants’ frustration does SO MUCH to shed light on our own vain struggles. Who really does live? Who ever gets to know their incep date? Who hasn’t wondered what the fuck the purpose of all of this is?

    When you look at it through the lens of a robot / android / replicant, we can almost, ALMOST laugh at it… right up until the moment we realize how goddamn brutally accurately it reflects our own pathetic struggles.

    On a semi-similar note, if you haven’t had the chance to check out Westworld, you will definitely have a few of these moments as well as a few other choice ah-ha moments. Thanks for the post!!

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