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“No Choice, Pal” Blade Runner Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas by John Alvin

Artwork Dimensions
19 x 23.75, with image size 15" x 19.75 inches.
Edition Size
263, with 6 APs and 6 PPs.



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Product Description

John Alvin created the original poster for Blade Runner in 1982, and his estate is pleased to release this new limited edition created by John when asked about alternate images he had in mind as possibilities for the movie campaign.  He was so proud of the work he did to incorporate the architecture, so integral to Ridley Scott’s vision, but longed to create an image that gave Roy more visual real estate.  He also wanted to add some symbolic elements, and include representations of “god” and his “creations”, from the film that had become one of his personal favorites.

Here now, as named by John Alvin, is “No Choice, Pal”.  John loved the quote,  knowing it is where Deckard’s involvement begins in a case that makes him question everything, himself, his heart, and what it means to be human.

Comes rolled in a tube and with certificate of authenticity.


"Creating the promise of a great experience" is how John Alvin described his role as the preeminent designer and illustrator of cinema art in the entertainment industry.  In a business where you are only as good as your last job, Alvin was diverse enough in style and creative invention to be one of the ultimate go-to artist for movie posters in Hollywood for over two decades.  He designed and illustrated some of the world's most widely recognizable movie art.   From E.T. to Blade Runner, to Blazing Saddles and The Lion King, John Alvin is responsible for many of your favorite movie campaign images...

Alvin's first official movie art campaign was the poster for Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks, in 1974. Alvin, who was working as an animator at an animation studio at the time, was invited to work on the Blazing Saddles poster by a friend. Alvin took an unusual path when designing the movie poster. He designed a serious movie poster, which incorporated unusual and quirky elements from the film. For example, in the poster, Alvin depicted Mel Brooks, who plays a Yiddish-speaking Native American chief in the film, wearing a headdress inscribed with the phrase, Kosher for Passover. The joke had been suggested by Alvin's wife, Andrea.

Alvin's work on Blazing Saddles was liked by Mel Brooks, as well as by others in the industry. He went on to work on a number of Brooks' later films, including Young Frankenstein, which was also released in 1974.

Another of Alvin's iconic posters was his work for Steven Spielberg's 1982 film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It showed E.T.'s finger touching the finger of his human friend, Elliott, finger tip to finger tip. The fingers create a glow where they touch. The idea for the poster was reportedly suggested by Spielberg, and was inspired by Michelangelo's painting, The Creation of Adam. Alvin used his daughter as the human hand model for the poster.

Alvin created artwork for more than 135 film campaigns over the span of three decades. His work for such film studios as New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Disney Studios and Lucasfilm Ltd., included Blade RunnerCocoonThe Lost BoysPredatorThe Princess BrideGremlinsThe GooniesThe Lion KingBeauty and the BeastBatman ReturnsBatman Forever, and Jurassic Park. He also created the anniversary posters and other artwork for the 30th anniversary Star Wars Celebration. In later years he created posters for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter film series and Walt Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films. According to John Sabel, an advertising executive at Walt Disney Pictures who often worked with Alvin, "There was a reason why The Lion King did the numbers that it did... There was a reason why 'Hunchback [of Notre Dame]' became a big success. It's because of the images that were produced, and a lot of those were John Alvin's paintings."