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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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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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It is a world where sandworms 1,000 feet long guard creation's greatest treasure - the spice that prolongs life. And enables the mind to fold space and slow time. Where a prophecy will be fulfilled. And a young leader with incredible powers will emerge to command an army of five million warriors in the final battle for control of a universe and its source of ultimate power. The planet called Dune. See more »


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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,925,690
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Paul avenging his father's death and seeking his former position of power parallels Hamlet, while his role as a colonial ruler who becomes a leader of the natives is similar to T.E. Lawrence. José Ferrer previously appeared in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Siân Phillips was married to Peter O'Toole, who played both T.E. Lawrence and Hamlet. Francesca Annis was in a relationship with Ralph Fiennes, who also played both parts. Annis and Fiennes met while playing Hamlet and Gertrude. See more »

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In the morgue scene in Arrakeen, the establishing shot shows two Harkonnen corpses, one in the foreground and one in the background. The body in the background adjusts his head to find a more comfortable position. 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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Why does Lynch hate this one?
15 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

To begin with, I have to say that I saw the movie first, and read the book years later. This seems to be important: Nearly everybody who read the book first hates the movie, but most of those who saw the movie first seem to like it.

Now, why is this so? I cannot really understand it because, in comparition to other movies based on existing literature, what we have here is a film which stays very close to the original story and does not add many new elements.

When I read the book, I could see the movie in front of me in nearly every chapter. So I really don't understand what Herbert-Fans had expected from this movie...

I for my part like it a lot. It has a very mystical atmosphere about it and the story develops nicely. Of course there are some elements which are simply not explained and are therefore very confusing, but somehow this seems to be a thing Lynch tends to do in every of his movies, so what? I like some simple scenes like the opening monologue a whole lot. I LOVE the music (which played in my mind all the time while I read the book), and I think the characters are very strong and (for example Letho Atreides) sometimes full of tragedy.

The part I like the most though is the worm-part. I think the special effects are not always brilliant, but seeing the scenes with the worms, I am really awestruck because they are so impressing.

All in all, I think this is one of the more underrated movies in Science Fiction history. It may be because the director himself was not happy with it, or because fans expected too much from a simple two hour movie. I always enjoy watching this film and listening to the soundtrack. And I would love to see a Director's Cut version.


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