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Dune (1984)

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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.

Director:

David Lynch

Writers:

Frank Herbert (novel), David Lynch (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesca Annis ... Lady Jessica
Leonardo Cimino ... The Baron's Doctor
Brad Dourif ... Piter De Vries
José Ferrer ... Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda Hunt ... Shadout Mapes
Freddie Jones ... Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan ... Duncan Idaho
Kyle MacLachlan ... Paul Atreides
Virginia Madsen ... Princess Irulan
Silvana Mangano ... Reverend Mother Ramallo
Everett McGill ... Stilgar
Kenneth McMillan ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack Nance ... Nefud
Siân Phillips ... Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (as Sian Phillips)
Jürgen Prochnow ... Duke Leto Atreides

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Storyline

In the distant year of 10191, all the planets of the known Universe are under the control of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV and the most important commodity in the Universe is a substance called the spice "MELANGE" which is said to have the power of extending life, expanding the consciousness and even to "fold space" ; being able to travel to any distance without physically moving. This spice "MELANGE" is said to only be produced in the desert planet of Arrakis, where the FREMEN people have the prophecy of a man who will lead them to true freedom. This "desert planet"of Arrakis is also known as DUNE. A secret report of the space "GUILD" talks about some circumstances and plans that could jeopardize the production of "SPICE" with four planets involved: ARRAKIS, CALADAN, GIEDI PRIME and KAITAIN, a world at least visually very alike to Earth and house of the Emperor of the known Universe. The "GUILD" sends a third stage navigator to KAITAIN to ask details from the Emperor and to demand him ... Written by David del Real ---@DavidRealActor----

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In the novels, there is tension between Irulan and Chani, because they are married to the same man (Paul Atreides). Chani was Paul's first lover and mother of their son Leto (who was later killed by the Harkonnen). After the defeat of Emperor Shaddam, Paul arranges a marriage with Irulan, since she is Shaddam's successor and this allows Paul to become Emperor. Both Chani and Irulan intend to give birth to Paul's heir. Irulan eventually drugs Chani with contraceptives, and accidentally causes Chani's death. Having no children of her own and mourning the deaths of both Chani and Paul, Irulan raises Chani's other two children, the twins Leto Atreides II and Ghanima Atreides. See more »

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Brad Dourif continuously mispronounces the word "Landsraad". 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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The opening credits play out over shots of the Arrakis desert. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Region 2 DVD released by Castle, billed as 'Special TV Edition' is 176 minutes long (billed as 180 minutes on sleeve) and contains the extended intro and scenes. Lynch's name has again been removed and re-credited to Alan Smithee due to his objection to the extended intro. See more »

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Dune
14 September 2004 | by InspectorColumboSee all my reviews

First of all I've read Herberts Dune saga and I loved the first book (the one the movie is about) and liked the rest.

Second there is a difference between the cinema version (137 min) and the TV version (190 min often referred also "special edition") which should also not be confused with the new version from 2000 (Frank Herbert's Dune). To keep it short the 137 version is great and the 190 min version sucks.

The TV version was split up to fill 2 evenings. For that they added about an hour of additional material not seen in the original version. While some of it is quite good like the prologue which went a little bit deeper into the Dune universe (Butlers Djihad) but most of it just destroys the atmosphere and the flow of the movie. On the technical side there is to note that the whole movie was Pan-Scanned which never is a good idea. Compared to the original version the quality really blows.

Now to the good one:

The movie is pretty much faithful to the book. There are things that were cut out from the book or it shows stuff that wasn't there, but what you see is CLEARLY Herbert's book which I thought is nearly impossible to translate into a (good) movie. It translates the "feel" of the book very well to the screen.

The most notable differences is that in the book Paul is at the age of 15 (at least at the beginning) while McLachlan more looks like 20 but I can live with that. The rest are minor things (like these sound modules) and some differences in continuity (the navigators needing the spice to well... navigate is revealed at the beginning).

The all actors give a solid performances. Notable are Kenneth McMillan (Baron Harkonnen) Patrick "Captain Picard" Steward (Gurney Halleck) and Sting as Feyd Rautha which really add to the movie.

The special effects range from crappy to good. The movie shines where it 's most important namely the sand worms which look fairly convincing. Personally I prefer (well done) miniature shots over those Episode 1/2 CGI effects which make especially environments look like plastic.

I think everybody who calls himself a Science-Fiction fan should have seen this movie which is a jewel under all those mediocre films that were spawned by Star Wars at that time. All the fans of the book should see it as what it is: A movie based on Dune. If you want the book word by word, don't watch the movie and read the book again.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,025,091, 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$30,925,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,925,690
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition) | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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