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{{Film Continuity}}
The '''Tannhauser Gate''' is a location originally referred to in dialogue in the 1982 film ''[[Blade Runner]]'', and again in the 1998 film ''[[Soldier]]''.
 
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[[File:I watched c beams.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Roy Batty recalls his memories of the Tannhäuser Gate]]
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The '''Tannhäuser Gate''' was the location of a campaign in which [[Roy Batty]] participated, having "flown gypsy ships with the Russians" there.{{ref|marvel}}
   
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In November [[2019]], during his final moments, Roy recalled watching C-beams near the Tannhäuser Gate.{{ref|br}}
== Appearances ==
 
   
=== ''Blade Runner'' ===
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==Behind the scenes==
 
In the [[1982 (production)|1982]] film ''[[Blade Runner]]'', the [[replicant]] [[Roy Batty]] (played by [[Rutger Hauer]]) refers to the gate while recounting his experiences as an off-world commando:
   
 
:''"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe: attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those... moments... will be lost in time, like... tears... in rain".''
[[Image:BR-soldier10.jpg|thumb|right|A possible glimpse of Tannhauser Gate from a deleted scene in ''Soldier''.]]
 
In the 1982 film ''Blade Runner'', the [[replicant]] [[Roy Batty]] (played by [[Rutger Hauer]]) refers to the gate while recounting his experiences as an off-world commando:
 
   
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The speech, including the mention of the Gate, was added by [[David Peoples]] in a [[1981 (production)|1981]] draft of the script. Rutger Hauer made minor cuts to the speech and added the famous "tears in rain" line.<ref>''[[Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner]]''</ref>
:''"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe; attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the'' '''Tannhauser Gate'''. ''All those... moments... will be lost... in time, like... tears... in rain."''
 
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[[File:Battycampaign.jpg|thumb|right|The comic's panel describing Batty's missions, possibly portraying a battle at the Tannhäuser Gate]]
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The Tannhäuser Gate is never described in any detail during the film, but the [[A Marvel Comics Super Special: Blade Runner|comic book adaptation]] adds a minor detail of Roy flying "gypsy ships" with the Russians.
   
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In a deleted scene from the [[1998 (production)|1998]] film ''[[Soldier]]'' (written by [[David Peoples]] as a "spin-off sidequel-spiritual successor" to ''Blade Runner''), it was a warp station. The battle and Tannhäuser Gate itself are shown on-screen in one of the film's deleted scenes, and it is mentioned in-film in Todd's service history as being a battle he participated in.
Given the fact that [[Earth]] has off-world colonies in ''Blade Runner'', and the typical functions of devices incorporating the word "gate" in science fiction, fans of the film have suggested that the Tannhauser Gate may be a stargate or similar construct. They speculate that as a stargate, it would provide faster-than-light travel between star systems. Given its name, it would perhaps be located near or in orbit of a colony named Tannhauser.
 
   
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The name is possibly a reference to German folklore, where there are several stories about both a knight named Tannhäuser and a bard named Tannhäuser. In one such story, the knight named Tannhäuser is on a journey to an underworld fairy-like kingdom to see the pagan queen. The last step into the kingdom requires that he has to pass a set of swinging giant iron doors from which come the sound of the wind or 1000 voices. Later in the story, the iron doors are called "The Gate."
=== ''Soldier'' ===
 
   
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==References in popular culture==
[[Image:BR-soldier5.jpg|thumb|right|A possible view of the Battle of Tannhauser Gate (from a deleted scene from ''Soldier'').]]
 
 
*Perhaps in a reference to ''[[Blade Runner]]'' or through an independent resource, the Japanese animation series [[Wikipedia:Gunbuster|Gunbuster]] created by [[Wikipedia:Gainax|Gainax]] makes several references to space travel through a Tannhauser Gate.
In the 1998 film ''Soldier'', the soldier character Sgt. Todd (played by Kurt Russell) was a veteran of the Battle at the Tannhauser gate. This fact is based on the text displayed momentarilly on a computer screen near the beginning of the film. The screen displays a list of battles that the character has fought in, and the awards that he has earned in these battles. Tannhauser Gate is also tattooed on Todd's arm, along with the other battles that he was a veteran of. Later on in the film, when Sandra notices the names tattooed on his arm and mentions it to Mace, it is explained by Mace that "Tannhauser Gate was a battle."
 
 
*The [[Wikipedia:Heavy Gear|Heavy Gear]] series of games and fiction make use of the term to describe "a fault in the space-time continuum where two normally distant points of space touch one another".
 
*In the computer game [[w:c:homeworld:Homeworld|Homeworld]], the player must save the [[w:c:homeworld:Bentusi|Bentusi]] from [[w:c:homeworld:Taiidan Imperial Fleet|Taiidan forces]] at a place called [[w:c:homeworld:HW Campaign: Tenhauser Gate|Tenhauser Gate]].
 
*Tannhauser Gate is the name of a Poland-based games design and development studio.[http://www.thgate.com]
 
*Tannhauser Gate is the title of a song by The [[Wikipedia:Electric Hellfire Club|Electric Hellfire Club]] on the album Electronomicon, and the title of a song by [http://www.fightstarmusic.com Fightstar] on the album "One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours".
 
*[https://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=18352 Tannhäuser Gate] is the title of a [[Wikipedia:Demoscene|Demoscene]] demo by the group Cubicle, which features a few ''Blade Runner'' inspired 3D scenes
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*Tannhauser Gate is the name of a book the main character is reading in the last panel of Chapter 10 of the online comic Gunnerkrigg Court [http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=180]
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*The space trading and combat game [[w:c:elite-dangerous:Elite Dangerous|Elite Dangerous]], some of whose design aesthetics are inspired by the ''Blade Runner'' movie, features a [http://i.imgur.com/qWywzPI.jpg starport by the name of Tannhauser Gate]
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*The web comic "[http://the-whiteboard.com The Whiteboard]" made a reference to a new Paintball marker manufacturer called Tannhauser Gate in the last panel of the strip posted on [http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1946.png July 8th 2015].
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*"[http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7562/full/523632a.html The Shoulder of Orion]", a short story in ''Nature'' magazine, describes a space-ship travelling through a "Tannhauser Gate," which is described as a "jumpgate".
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*Science fiction video game [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebel_Galaxy Rebel Galaxy]  contains a purchasable ship similarly named [https://rebelgalaxy.gamepedia.com/Ships/Tennhausen Tennhausen].
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*The 4X grand strategy game [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stellaris_(video_game) Stellaris] has a unique star system, which contains "''completely burned out attack ships''" and the ''Tannhauser gate''. There is an excavation site on a planet that refers to Roy Batty's monologue.
   
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==References==
The original script was to have the film actually ''depict'' the battle. However, this idea was eventually cut for budgetary concerns. The original script even gave a detailed description of the gate. It described it as "a huge wall of metal; an impregnable fortress bristling with futuristic weapons." Some of this scene was completed, and can be briefly viewed in the film's theatrical trailer.
 
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{{Reflist}}
 
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[[ja:タンホイザー・ゲート]]
===''Hunter Prey''===
 
 
 
2010 sci-fi film directed by Sandy Collora.
 
 
== Origin ==
 
 
The Gate's name comes from a poetic piece written by Rutger Hauer, prior to the filming of his famous monologue in ''Blade Runner''. Segments of this were then used in the scene.
 
 
== Out-of-universe references ==
 
 
*Perhaps in a reference to ''Blade Runner,'' or through an independent resource, the Japanese animation series ''[[Wikipedia:Gunbuster|Gunbuster]]'' created by [[Wikipedia:Gainax|Gainax]] also makes several references to space travel through a Tannhauser Gate.
 
*The ''[[Wikipedia:Heavy Gear|Heavy Gear]]'' series of games and fiction also make use of the term to describe "a fault in the space-time continuum where two normally distant points of space touch one another."
 
*In the computer game ''[[Wikipedia:Homeworld|Homeworld]]'', the player must save the Bentusi from Taiidan forces at a place called Tenhauser Gate.
 
*Tannhauser Gate is also the name of a Poland-based games design and development studio.[http://www.thgate.com]
 
*Tannhauser Gate is also the title of a song by The [[Wikipedia:Electric Hellfire Club|Electric Hellfire Club]] on the album Electronomicon.
 
*Tannhauser Gate is also the title of a [[Wikipedia:Demoscene|Demoscene]] demo by the group Cubicle, which features a few ''Blade Runner'' inspired 3D scenes
 
 
== See also ==
 
 
*[[Wikipedia:Tannhäuser|Tannhäuser]] is the name of a mythical German knight, and the title of an [[Wikipedia:Tannhäuser (Wagner)|opera]] by [[Wikipedia:Richard Wagner|Richard Wagner]].
 
*[[Wikipedia:List of fictional battles|List of fictional battles]]
 
 
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Roy Batty recalls his memories of the Tannhäuser Gate

The Tannhäuser Gate was the location of a campaign in which Roy Batty participated, having "flown gypsy ships with the Russians" there.[1]

In November 2019, during his final moments, Roy recalled watching C-beams near the Tannhäuser Gate.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

In the 1982 film Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) refers to the gate while recounting his experiences as an off-world commando:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe: attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those... moments... will be lost in time, like... tears... in rain".

The speech, including the mention of the Gate, was added by David Peoples in a 1981 draft of the script. Rutger Hauer made minor cuts to the speech and added the famous "tears in rain" line.[3]

The comic's panel describing Batty's missions, possibly portraying a battle at the Tannhäuser Gate

The Tannhäuser Gate is never described in any detail during the film, but the comic book adaptation adds a minor detail of Roy flying "gypsy ships" with the Russians.

In a deleted scene from the 1998 film Soldier (written by David Peoples as a "spin-off sidequel-spiritual successor" to Blade Runner), it was a warp station. The battle and Tannhäuser Gate itself are shown on-screen in one of the film's deleted scenes, and it is mentioned in-film in Todd's service history as being a battle he participated in.

The name is possibly a reference to German folklore, where there are several stories about both a knight named Tannhäuser and a bard named Tannhäuser. In one such story, the knight named Tannhäuser is on a journey to an underworld fairy-like kingdom to see the pagan queen. The last step into the kingdom requires that he has to pass a set of swinging giant iron doors from which come the sound of the wind or 1000 voices. Later in the story, the iron doors are called "The Gate."

References in popular culture[edit | edit source]

  • Perhaps in a reference to Blade Runner or through an independent resource, the Japanese animation series Gunbuster created by Gainax makes several references to space travel through a Tannhauser Gate.
  • The Heavy Gear series of games and fiction make use of the term to describe "a fault in the space-time continuum where two normally distant points of space touch one another".
  • In the computer game Homeworld, the player must save the Bentusi from Taiidan forces at a place called Tenhauser Gate.
  • Tannhauser Gate is the name of a Poland-based games design and development studio.[1]
  • Tannhauser Gate is the title of a song by The Electric Hellfire Club on the album Electronomicon, and the title of a song by Fightstar on the album "One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours".
  • Tannhäuser Gate is the title of a Demoscene demo by the group Cubicle, which features a few Blade Runner inspired 3D scenes
  • Tannhauser Gate is the name of a book the main character is reading in the last panel of Chapter 10 of the online comic Gunnerkrigg Court [2]
  • The space trading and combat game Elite Dangerous, some of whose design aesthetics are inspired by the Blade Runner movie, features a starport by the name of Tannhauser Gate
  • The web comic "The Whiteboard" made a reference to a new Paintball marker manufacturer called Tannhauser Gate in the last panel of the strip posted on July 8th 2015.
  • "The Shoulder of Orion", a short story in Nature magazine, describes a space-ship travelling through a "Tannhauser Gate," which is described as a "jumpgate".
  • Science fiction video game Rebel Galaxy  contains a purchasable ship similarly named Tennhausen.
  • The 4X grand strategy game Stellaris has a unique star system, which contains "completely burned out attack ships" and the Tannhauser gate. There is an excavation site on a planet that refers to Roy Batty's monologue.

References[edit | edit source]

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