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Time to Die: Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer dies at 75

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.

Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears…in…rain. Time to die.”

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  • Odysseus July 24, 2019, 5:31 PM

    Sad day.

  • Casey Klahn July 24, 2019, 6:18 PM

    I’ll see your Blade Runner, and raise you one: The Mill and the Cross.


    May he rest in peace.

  • Walter Sobchak July 24, 2019, 7:24 PM

    Rest in Peace.

    The irony is that those words, and that performance will live on like a diamond glittering in the sun.

  • Everyman July 25, 2019, 7:45 AM

    We give an of course nod to the satisfying power of your testimonial to those you love and have loved, Gerard, those who have not died . . . period, but who have died . . . comma, and who await your eventual arrival in their midst, above and beyond. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  • Donald Sensing July 25, 2019, 7:54 AM

    I have read elsewhere that Hauer ad-libbed those lines at that moment; they were not in the screenplay.

  • Donald Sensing July 25, 2019, 8:03 AM

    OK, here is how Hauer changed his closing lines.

    That said, I think an equally compelling role of his was as the Soviet Army officer Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pechersky in Escape From Sobibor, the true story of the only Nazi concentration/death camp to have a mass escape. The Youtube trailer is here.

    The movie is on Amazon Prime, but is also online at Daily Motion in excellent quality.

  • H July 25, 2019, 2:13 PM

    I was always impressed that at the very end, with the clock rapidly winding down to zero but time and strength enough still left, Hauer’s character could still easily have taken Deckard with him, but let him live. A fine piece of writing indeed.

  • Spudnik July 27, 2019, 8:30 AM

    One of the greatest scenes ever filmed. In one of the greatest movies.

  • John the River July 27, 2019, 12:32 PM

    Our SciFi fan club (NESFA) all went to see that film together. When Rutger finished those lines, my wife wept.

  • Christopher L Hunt July 28, 2019, 8:57 AM

    My brother was in the film Past Midnight with Rutger Hauer. During filming at night, in the Northwest, my brother had to lie on the hood of a car in the background of the scene. There were so many takes that he started to shiver uncontrollably. Rutger Hauer gave him his wetsuit to wear under his costume.