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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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,400,000 (USA)
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In the backstory behind why Jessica gave birth to Paul: Duke Leto whom was unmarried and didn't have children of his own had desired to have an heir whom would succeed him as Duke of House Atreides when he passed on and his concubine Jessica, a Bene Gesserit, known for genetic manipulation and breeding which the Bene Gesserit were forbid to give birth to baby boys, disobeyed the sisterhood because of her love for Duke Leto and after having sex with Duke Leto and with her Bene Gesserit training, she changed the baby's gender from female to male and Paul was conceived and the future of House Atriedes was born. See more »

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During shield practice, when Gurney slides across the floor, the face of Patrick Stewart's stunt double can be very clearly seen. Kyle MacLachlan's stunt double can also be seen when Paul slowly pushes his knife through his shield. See more »

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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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I waited a long time before reviewing this...
14 May 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

There are two groups of people who write at IMDb, the pessimists and the optimists. The pessimists love to complain about something or other in a film. The optimists try and find something good. DUNE probably ranks as one of those that feels like it's going to be good, but leaves a confusing, lackluster feeling in its wake. In an attempt to be optimistic, I will try focusing ONLY on the good parts. This might be tough.

I will give David Lynch credit (indeed, as Frank Herbert did when he saw this) for trying to take an enormous amalgamation of things and ideas from the novel and trying to turn them into a movie. Lynch's visual style is very raw here and everything in the production design seems to be under his spell.

The sets, costumes, cinematography, and choice of cast is excellent. All of them lend a flavor of difference that transcends whatever confusion is on the screen. (On the side note: I was sick of hearing Kyle MacLachlan repeating himself over and over) The creature designs by Carlo Rambaldi are very Lynch-ien, even though we rarely get to see them.

Overall, a sci-fi epic that requires a lethargic butt, an open mind, and a copy of Frank Herbert's novel to enjoy. Still, it is far superior to the TV miniseries of late (I know saying that is blasphemy to some). I refuse to rate this with stars or anything else.


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