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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

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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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,925,690
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2.35 : 1
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Paul Atreides demonstrates a sonic power method of breaking a tetrahedral obelisk to the Fremen. By interesting coincidence, there is a similar scene in Alejandro Jodorowsky's film The Holy Mountain (1973), between the alchemist and the thief. Jodorowski had made an earlier attempt to adapt Dune into a film. See more »

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When Stilgar marks the Fedaykin shoulders with red paint, blood, he says there are 15 of them. Right before Paul takes the water of life, freeze frame and you will see 16 of them. 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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Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

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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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