RIP Rutger Hauer

(Photo: Rutger Hauer in ‘Escape from Sobibor.’ Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Rutger Hauer, the blond, blue-eyed Dutch actor who died July 19 at 75, was best known for his role as alien villain Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. But he later received his only major award nominations for two riveting made-for-TV movies dealing with Nazis: CBS’ 1987 Escape from Sobibor and HBO’s 1994 Fatherland.

Escape from Sobibor: Hauer won a Golden Globe for playing the leader in the most successful escape by Jews from a World War II concentration camp. The film is available to stream with an Amazon Prime subscription, while non-Amazon subscribers can find it free at the Internet Archive or right here:

Fatherland: Hauer received another Golden Globe nomination, for playing an SS officer in a world where the Germans had won the war a couple of decades earlier. His investigation of a murder leads him to discover the deepest and darkest secret of the Nazis’ victory. You can stream the film right here:

All three of these acclaimed Hauer films were adapted from equally excellent books: Blade Runner from Philip Dick’s 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Escape from Sobibor from Richard Rashke’s 1983 non-fiction book of the same title; and Fatherland from Robert Harris’ 1992 novel of the same title. For the record, the latter was 30 years after Dick wrote his own alternate history of World War II, The Man in the High Castle, whose TV adaptation drops its fourth and final Amazon Prime season on November 15.

You can stream Blade Runner for $3.99 from Amazon, YouTube and several other providers. Incidentally, the movie is set four months from now, in November, 2019.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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