September 13, 2023
Contact: Rosalyn Thackston
“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” to screen at Carroll Arts Center
The Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) present the definitive cut of director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” on the big screen at the Carroll Arts Center next month. Two screenings will take place on Friday, October 13 at 1pm (captioned) and 7:30pm.
In his signature role as detective Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford brings a masculine-yet-vulnerable presence to this stylish noir thriller. In a future of high-tech possibility soured by urban and social decay, the police department forces Deckard out of retirement to hunt four genetically engineered humans, called replicants, who have come to earth. Designed to do difficult, hazardous work, the replicants are stronger, faster, and smarter than non-engineered humans. They feel no pain or remorse; they are almost indistinguishable from other humans, and now they are killing people. During his journey, Deckard is drawn to a mystery woman whose secrets may undermine his soul. Visually spectacular, intensely action-packed and powerfully prophetic since its debut, the final cut of this classic includes extended scenes and never-before-seen special effects.
Though critics and audiences were divided upon its initial release in 1982, it has since become popularized as a modern classic. After the 7:30pm screening, the audience can delve deeper into the film’s themes and style with Professor Ron Wilson of the University of Kansas in a virtual talk back. Wilson is an Associate Teaching Professor in the University’s Department of Film and Media Studies. He teaches courses in film genre, film history and theory.
The matinee showing at 1pm will have open captioning to increase the enjoyment of movies at the Arts Center for those with hearing impairments. The 7:30pm showing will have captioning if requested in advance. Assistive Listening Devices are always available.
The film runs 1 hour 57 minutes and is rated R for strong violence and brief nudity. Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for ages 25 & under and ages 60 & up. Tickets are available online or at the Box Office. CCAC members get an additional 10% off tickets. The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 West Main Street in downtown Westminster. For more information and tickets call 410-848-7272 or visit www.