Rutger Hauer Tributeyear-round
August 8th | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
1982, Warner Bros., 117 min, USA, Hong Kong, UK, Dir: Ridley Scott
Director Ridley Scott’s acknowledged masterpiece, BLADE RUNNER is also one of the most influential films of the past 30 years, a dazzling fusion of retro-noir and future paranoia, set in a decaying, rain-drenched Los Angeles dominated by Mayan pyramids of unimaginable wealth. Harrison Ford stars as the government-sanctioned killer who falls in love with gorgeous, enigmatic Sean Young, while trying to eliminate Rutger Hauer and his rogue band of genetically engineered replicants.
August 9th | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
1985, Warner Bros., 121 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner
Rutger Hauer is perfectly cast as dashing knight Etienne Navarre, with Michelle Pfeiffer as his beautiful true love Lady Isabeau. Navarre is cursed to take the form of a hawk by day. When Navarre rescues a young thief named Mouse (Matthew Broderick), events are set in motion that will bring justice to the wicked and reunite the cursed lovers in this enthralling medieval epic. Great supporting work by veteran actor Leo McKern as Father Imperius the Monk, and a very young Alfred Molina. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro makes stunning use of the Italian locations, and The Alan Parsons Project-produced rock score, which some thought dated at the time, actually ages quite nicely.
1985, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, Dir: Paul Verhoeven
It’s 1501, and the world is full of mercenaries, peasants and pestilence. True to its title, Paul Verhoeven presents the darkest of ages, a brutally realistic story of the struggle for life, complete with rape, murder, starvation and the Black Death. Rutger Hauer, in one of his finest roles, portrays the leader of a band of mercenaries, who seeks revenge for a nobleman’s (the excellent Jack Thompson) betrayal by kidnapping and brutalizing his son’s (Tom Burlinson) bride to be. Jennifer Jason Leigh shines as the strong willed Agnes. Based in part on unused material for the Dutch TV series “Floris,” which Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven and Rutger Hauer collaborated on in 1969. Watch for the amazing performance by Susan Tyrell as an onlooker to one of the films most brutal and controversial scenes. The late Basil Poledouris contributes perhaps his best score. Although Verhoeven later denied any connection, some critics at the time of release pointed out allegorical similarities to Patty Hearst’s abduction by the SLA.
August 10th | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
1986, 97 min, Dir: Robert Harmon
A pulse-pounding thriller completely misunderstood by critics at the time, THE HITCHER stars an ultra-frightening Rutger Hauer as the iconic killer John Ryder. While on a road trip across the Midwest, young Jim Halsey (played by C. Thomas Howell) makes the deadly mistake of picking up the deranged hitchhiker, who takes great pleasure in setting up a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse. With a trail of bodies in their wake, the two become increasingly inseparable, much to Jim’s horror. Featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.
1981, Universal, 99 min, Dir: Bruce Malmuth
In this inventive action-thriller, Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams star as New York City cops tasked with bringing down an international terrorist played by the inimitable Rutger Hauer. “Nighthawks is an exciting cops and killers yarn with Sylvester Stallone to root for and cold-blooded Rutger Hauer to hate.” – Variety, 1980.
HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN
2011, Magnet Releasing, 86 min, Dir: Jason Eisener
Rutger Hauer is a hobo with a shotgun!!!!
August 11th | 7:30PM | Egyptian Theatre
THE BLOOD OF HEROES
1989, 90 min, Dir: David Webb Peoples
The first directorial effort from veteran screenwriter David Webb Peoples (BLADE RUNNER) is one of the most adrenaline fueled, fast paced action films of all time. THE BLOOD OF HEROES is set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which a hyper-violent version of football—played with dog skulls instead of pigskin—dominates popular culture. Rutger Hauer stars as a disgraced former player, who embarks on a daring comeback with his teammates played by Joan Chen (who amazingly supplied many of her own stunts), Vincent D’Onofrio and Delroy Lindo. Thirty years after its original release, the film has become a cult classic, as well as the inspiration for the real sport “Jugger,” which is now played across the world. “No one carries the dog boy!”
1989, Sony Repertory, 86 min, Dir: Phillip Noyce
A loose adaptation of the beloved ZATOICHI series, BLIND FURY stars Rutger Hauer as Nick Parker, a blind samurai sword-wielding Vietnam vet, who slices and dices his way through the Reno-based criminal organization that kidnapped his old army buddy (played by Terry O’Quinn). The mob boss (Noble Willingham) soon finds that he has messed with the wrong guy, as neither swarms of henchman nor hired assassins are any match for Nick’s skill with the blade.