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Tears in Rain Blade Runner Roy Batty and Rick Deckard Limited Edition by John Alvin from the Alvin Art Estate

Artwork Dimensions
15 x 20 image size, 20 x 24 canvas size
Edition Size
50 in the edition, 5 archived APs



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Product Description

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe... Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion... I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain... Time to die.”For all the Blade Runner fans around the world, many of whom know the unforgettable monologue and Roy’s last words by heart, comes “Tears in Rain”, a limited edition based on original art by John Alvin, who created the original poster for the 1982 science fiction classic directed by Ridley Scott.

Written by David Peoples, and significantly modified and enhanced by Rutger Hauer, the speech has been described by film critic Mark Rowlands as “perhaps the most moving death soliloquy in cinematic history”, and became one of most memorable and defining moments in Hauer’s career onscreen.

ArtInsights partners with the John Alvin Art Estate to release this image created by Alvin in response to a conversation about his favorite scene in the film. He was a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s vision to incorporate the architecture into the finished movie poster as a major aspect of the film’s aesthetic. He also longed to create an image that gave Roy more visual real estate, and wanted to balance two antiheroic and flawed characters. Neither Rick Deckard nor Roy Batty are purely good or bad, but a complicated messy mix of both.

Beyond the large images of Deckard and Batty, note the detailed design at the center of the image illustrating Deckard dangling from the edge of the building, moments before Batty pulls him to safety, revealing the dying character’s empathy and compassion.   

Blade Runner has been celebrated as one of the best and most beloved sci-fi films of all time. “Tears in Rain” is an homage to the tremendous performances by Rutger Hauer as replicant Roy Batty, and of course Harrison Ford, our favorite professional in the Los Angeles Replicant Detection Unit, circa 2019.

With “Tears in Rain”, Blade Runner aficionados can show their appreciation for the traditional illustration of master cinema artist John Alvin, and join the film critics and film historians around the world that consider the original Blade Runner one of the best science fiction films ever made.

Edition Size 50

image size 15 x 20 / canvas size, 20 x 24, with a 2 inch border for canvas stretching.

Tears in Rain comes rolled and with a certificate of authenticity from the John Alvin Art Estate, the only art featuring Blade Runner to do so.

Please allow 10 days to 2 weeks for delivery.

We wrote about John Alvin and his work on Blade Runner, as well as the film itself, on our blog HERE. You can read our latest blog about the recovering of long lost Blade Runner art HERE.

about John Alvin:

"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...

John's artwork is skyrocketing in popularity and interest due to the release of The Art of John Alvin book and as a result of the auction of the ET key art (original painting used to make the ET movie poster) that went for nearly $400,000! Now is the perfect time to begin or expand your collection of John Alvin's work! John Alvin, who became a close friend of ours, is one of the most prolific and well respected of all the cinema artists in history. We are honored to represent the original art of John Alvin, and hope his true fans, new fans, or those who know his very important place in film history will be the ones who will get these incredible originals. They all come with certificates from his estate. Please call with any questions.

To view more of John's amazing movie art, please click here.