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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lady Jessica
... The Baron's Doctor
... Piter De Vries
... Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
... Shadout Mapes
... Thufir Hawat
... Duncan Idaho
... Paul Atreides
... Princess Irulan
... Reverend Mother Ramallo
... Stilgar
... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
... Nefud
... Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (as Sian Phillips)
... Duke Leto Atreides
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Storyline

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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You are about to enter a world where kingdoms are built on earth that moves, and skies are filled with fire. See more »


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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Duna  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,925,690
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The total number of production crew came to 1,700. Dune required eighty sets built on sixteen sound stages. More than six years in the making, it required David Lynch's work for three and a half years. See more »

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Stars visible through planets in several scenes. 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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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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