Jun 22, 2016

Grand Moff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin quotes from Star Wars: A New Hope

The second most evil person in A New Hope, Tarkin represents the face of the Evil Empire that Leia is rebelling against.

Played by British Actor, Peter Cushing, Tarkin was very quotable character. His strong supporting role in the film assured his character's place in film history - most notably for being able to control Darth Vader by word a lone and for being the guy that gave the order to destroy Leia's home planet of Alderaan.

And for also being called out by Princess Leia for having a foul stench about him...

Tarkin quotes from Star Wars

Governor Tarkin: The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.
General Tagge: But that's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Governor Tarkin: The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.

This next conversation became a classic Star Wars moment. It showed that even though Darth Vader appears to be the bad guy, Tarkin controls Vader, so he must be pretty powerful himself. The conversations also contains the famous Darth Vader quote to Admiral Motti, "I find your lack of faith disturbing".

General Tagge: What of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.

Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it!

Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fort-...

[Vader makes a pinching motion as he uses the Force and Motti starts choking]

Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Governor Tarkin: Enough of this! Vader, release him!

Darth Vader: As you wish.

Princess Leia servied Tarkin some handy words

Governor Tarkin: Perhaps she would respond to an alternative form of persuasion.

Darth Vader: What do you mean?
Governor Tarkin: I think it is time we demonstrated the full power of this station. Set your course for Alderaan.

Princess Leia Organa: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

More banter with Princess Leia

Governor Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.

Princess Leia Organa: I'm surprised that you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.

Governor Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I'd like you to join me for a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.

Princess Leia Organa: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Governor Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the capabilities of this station.

Tarkin demonstrates to Leia that he means business

Princess Leia Organa: No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly...

Governor Tarkin: You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: Where is the rebel base?

Princess Leia Organa: ...Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.

Governor Tarkin: There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready.

Princess Leia Organa: WHAT?

Governor Tarkin: You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Tarkin was not afraid to kill millions, or a political figure

Officer Cass: Our scout ships have reached Dantooine. They found the remains of a Rebel base, but they estimate that it has been deserted for some time. They are now conducting an extensive search of the surrounding systems.
Governor Tarkin: [referring to Leia] She lied. She lied to us!
Darth Vader: I told you she would never consciously betray the Rebellion.
Governor Tarkin: Terminate her... immediately!

A chat about Obi Wan Kenobi with Darth 

Darth Vader: He is here.
Governor Tarkin: Obi Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?
Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
Governor Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now.
Darth Vader: Don't underestimate the Force.
Governor Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion.

Governor Tarkin: Yes?
Voice over comm: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23.
Governor Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert.
Darth Vader: Obi-wan *is* here. The Force is with him.
Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.

That moment Tarkin's plan came into play

Governor Tarkin: Are they away?
Darth Vader: They've just made the jump into hyperspace.

Governor Tarkin: You're sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship? I'm taking an awful risk, Vader. This had better work.

This was a key plot point that many people miss - Tarkin had ordered the Stormtroopers that Leia and her rescuers NOT be shot - so they could escape and thus be followed to the hereabouts of the elusive Rebel Base could be discovered. It's a myth that Storm Troopers couldn't shoot anything in A New Hope!

That moment when Tarkin's arrogance cost him his life

Commander #1: We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there is a danger. Should I have your ship standing by?
Governor Tarkin: Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances.


It is the long lasting legacy of Tarkin that his character was used in Star Wars: Rebels and had a book dedicated to his back story story. Buy it from Amazon.

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