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Blade Runner, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer)

Site Rating: 91%
(ratings: 8)
Writeup Rating: 44%
(ratings: 5)
Film: Blade Runner (1982)
Deceased Character: Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer)
Archetype: Ambivalent (Major)
Killed with: Planned obsolescence

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 21st Jan 2006

Kindly submitted by Hazmat AGFA

Replicant Roy Batty beats the hell out of Deckard during a long, drawn-out battle (the fact that Deckard survives gives strong evidence to the "Deckard is a replicant" theory).

Having demonstrated that he's more than capable of the sort of animal brutality that's expected of his kind by most humans, Roy does not kill Deckard, instead he gives a poignant soliloquy and lies down to die at the end of his planned four-year lifespan. Roy displays the quality of empathy, and in so doing he embraces his humanity in the very moment that his existence ends.

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Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer)

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This review has 15 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Craig' (reply to this comment)
Just caught the word that this speech was ad-libbed by Rutger. I've always watched this sceen at least 3 times whenever I watch the movie yet again. Ah...Gives me little shivers thinking about it...Have to go home and throw the DVD in tonite.
Comment 2 by 'RoyBatty' (reply to this comment)
Nice succinct write up Hazmat. It truly is one of the more emotionally charged death scenes I know of. Yes, a lot of it was ad-libbed. It was also the very last scene to be filmed of the main movie, and they were to be kicked off the set that very morning. You can see the dawn coming as the scene closes. The bird release is a bit of stock footage I believe.
Comment 3 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Mouseburger, when you said that you would add "Old Age" (Perhaps "Ironic"?) as soon as possible...

"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it?

That's what it is to be a slave."
Comment 4 by 'spino' (reply to this comment)
Roy's final speech was not ad libbed...

Years ago in an interview with Whoopi Goldberg (of all people) on her short lived, late night talk show Rutger Hauer discussed his role in Blade Runner. Apparently Whoopi is a huge fan of the film and asked Rutger about Roy's death scene and that memorable final speech. It turns out in the original screenplay Roy was supposed to give a rather long (nearly an entire page or so) speech before expiring but Rutger and/or Ridley Scott didn't think it worked so they cut most of it out except for those few brief but poignant lines that countless sci-fi fans know by heart.
Comment 5 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
Does anyone have the long draft of the speech?
Comment 6 by 'Schro' (reply to this comment)
Couldn't this fall into "disease" too since it was a defect that was programmed in his genes?
Comment 7 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
THat is an interesting point Schro, but i think we need to keep disease as an organic death.

Mr Briggs - the speech is something like:

[from memory]"i have seen things you people couldn't believe; attack ships off the shoulder of orion. I watched c-beams at the tannhauser gate. all these things will be lost in tears in the rain....[moody Vangelis xylophone chimes]"

Comment 8 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
I meant the entire speech from the original script, it needs to be a feature on the soon-to-come ultimate edition!
Comment 9 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Finally found an early enough draft!

[quote=Roy Batty]I've seen things you little people wouldn't believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion bright as magnesium... I rode on the back decks of a blinker and watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments... they'll be gone.[/quote]
Comment 10 by 'Mike C' (reply to this comment)
I've seen things you people couldn't believe; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I've watched seabeams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All these things will be lost in tears in die.
Comment 11 by 'Darren Phillips' (reply to this comment)
We wanted he extended version, not the usual quote.
Comment 12 by 'Darren Phillips' (reply to this comment)

This is very new for me, unlike the other guy.
Comment 13 by ',me' (reply to this comment)
last words of blade runner final cut

"quite an experience to live in fear isn't it - that's what it is to be a slave

I've seen things you people wouldn't belive

attack ships on fire off the shoulder of orion

i watched sea beams gliter in the dark near the tenhouser gate

all those
will be lost
in time


in rain

to die"

(dove flying)

"you've done a mans job sir!

i guess your through huh?"


"its too bad she wont live

but then again who does?"



Rachel?" (rachel = "beautiful in form and countenance")

"do you love me"

"i love you"

"do you trust me"

"i trust you"


rachel walks quickly and steps her left black heel on the origami foil metal unicorn (pegusus?) he picks it up and points it horn down to floor and there is a shine om the floor then he lifts it up

its too bad she won't live, but then again who does?

Comment 14 by 'onlylipton' (reply to this comment)
hello, i am a new one and so happy to join you!
Comment 15 by 'Kirby' (reply to this comment)
I've known adventures, seen places you people will never see, I've been Offworld and back... frontiers! I've stood on the back deck of a blinker bound for the Plutition Camps with sweat in my eyes watching the stars fight on the shoulder of Orion...I've felt wind in my hair, riding test boats off the black galaxies and seen an attack fleet burn like a match and disappear. I've seen it, felt it...!