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Dune (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  14 December 1984 (USA)
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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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A spectacular journey through the wonders of space and the mysteries of time, from the boundaries of the incredible to the borders of the impossible. See more »


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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?


David Lynch wanted to cast Freddie Jones, who he had worked with on The Elephant Man (1980), and had to go against much resistance from Dino De Laurentiis to do so. De Laurentiis planned to fire Jones, but changed his mind upon seeing the first dailies and went so far as to apologize to Jones for being skeptical of him. 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 Half in the Bag: Silent House and John Carter (2012) See more »

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Outstanding Interpretation
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've talked to quite a few die-hard Herbert fans who insist that this film is rubbish. Well, I personally feel that this film is one of the most lavish and elegant science fiction movies ever made. I think it's wonderful, and am happy to have it in my collection.

The movie itself inspired me to read the next couple of books in the series.

I do agree however that there are some scenes that need to be added in a definitive collection. There are a couple of sequences from the Alan Smithee bootleg version - such as when the water of the Fremen warrior that Paul defeated in combat is re-absorbed into the collective water supply - that are absolutely vital to the story. Yet scenes like this were cut out of the final movie version that we all see on DVD.

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