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About the Movie
Directed by Michael Almereyda (MARJORIE PRIME) and executive produced by Wes Anderson (THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL), ESCAPES blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner. (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, Blade Runner 2049.) A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life — romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship — matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, cads, and the occasional hero. Escapes shows how one man’s personal journey can unexpectedly shape a medium’s future.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Fancher turns every walk down memory lane into a leisurely, surprise-filled stroll through a labyrinth, taking us right and then left and then down apparent dead ends before guiding us home.
Fresh: "Escapes" is as unconventional as its subject, demonstrating the charming things that can happen when a life in no way ordinary gets documented by a filmmaker most unusual.
Fresh: [An] enjoyable doc, which touches on everything from flamenco to Blade Runner and leaves us wanting more.
Fresh: [An] affectionate biographical scrapbook ...
I remember reading initial reviews of this when it was playing at The Nuart in LA and being a Bladerunner fan I was really curious, but the reviews were tepid. Nothing too remarkable....so I passed on seeing it. After the recent Bladerunner 2049 and being once again under the spell of all things Bladerunner I sought this out and wow! This is excellent and a must see for any Bladerunner fan but also anyone in love with great story telling. Hampton is fascinating and such a real person. Salt of the earth type. I loved this! Absolutely inspiring and very entertaining.