Non Blockbusters That Became Classics
Some of them were anticipated to become big hits and weren’t. Some were under-the-radar films that never caught a break at the box office.
Yet years later, many of them are regarded as classics, while the films that were blockbusters at the time have been more or less forgotten.
Below are some of the prime examples.
Blade Runner (1982)
Here was a summer release from the director of Alien and it starred Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Surely it was going to be a smash.
But in the summer of 1982, all attention was focused on a benevolent alien in a Steven Spielberg movie. That meant Blade Runner was a box office disappointment.
There were other factors as well. The movie was marketed as a sci-fi action movie on the level of Star Wars. While it did have some action, fans were confused by its contemplative nature. Phillip K Dick (who wrote the novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep which it was based on) and Luke Skywalker go together like oil and water. Plus, the studio insisted on adding a voice-over narration despite both Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford’s vehement objections. The voice-over was annoying and broke one of the cardinal rules of film-making: Show don’t tell.
So Blade Runner was a disappointment at the box office in 1982. Ten years later, Scott released a Director’s Cut edition. This one dropped the voice-over and added the ambiguous, far more effective ending that Scott wanted instead of the happy ending insisted on by the studio. This cut became a popular favorite on video and Blade Runner found its audience. In 2007, Scott released a final cut edition, which was the version he wanted to release in the first place. If you have yet to buy Blade Runner on DVD or Blue-Ray but plan to, this is the one to get.
So Blade Runner was a flop at the time. But today it is considered one of the cornerstones of science fiction movies.
Posted on February 14, 2014, in Movies and tagged blade runner, classics., Dark City, Dazed And Confused, fight club, Groundhog Day, Scarface, Shawshank, the thing, Underrated. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.