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Monday, April 8 | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Science on Screen

: Blade Runner with science journalist and podcast host Wade Roush

Set in 2019, Ridley Scott’s legendary adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? gave us a startling vision of a noir-ishly dystopic future, in which the line between human and non-human has worn perilously thin. Before the film, science journalist and Soonish podcast host Wade Roush will discuss the importance of dystopias in science fiction, and which parts of the film's vision of our relationship with technology resonate most clearly in the actual year 2019.

Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution, and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives who hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants.

Called before his one-time superior (M. Emmett Walsh), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and is headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

View other presentations in the Science on Screen Series.


Coolidge Corner Theatre


Recommended for: Grades 10 – 12 and adults

Presented by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation in association with the Museum of Science.

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: members, students, and seniors: $11.25; general admission: $13.25

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