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A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.



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In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons. Written by John Vogel <>

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A world that holds creation's greatest treasure... and greatest terrors. See more »


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duna  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$27,400,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Kul Wahad" means "I am profoundly moved" in the futuristic language of Dune. See more »


(Extended version only) The shots of the Reverend Mother Mohiam traveling to Caladan to test Paul are reused shots of Jessica and Paul being taken into the desert by their captors after the Harkonnen attack on the palace. At one point you can see them both lying on the ground behind the pilots. See more »


[first lines]
Princess Irulan: A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padisha Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over four-thousand years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That...
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This Film Is Dedicated To Federico de Laurentiis See more »


Referenced in Family Guy: Not All Dogs Go to Heaven (2009) See more »

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16 June 2004 | by (California, US) – See all my reviews

Viewers can be divided into two categories. The first are those who are looking for flashy expensive over the top graphics with some decent dialogue and structure. The second group in this case are those of you out there who love the Dune Series and would rather be in-depth with the plot then see the flashy over the top Graphics. The casting and portrayal of characters in this film FAR surpasses the ones who tried more recently to redo the movie (TV version). I Recommend One Thing if you do see this movie. WATCH THE 3 hour version. It goes much more in-depth then the normal version and is much easier to follow. The Film is worth watching at least once, and for me, its worth watching time after time.

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