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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A spectacular journey through the wonders of space and the mysteries of time...from the boundaries of the incredible to the borders of the impossible. See more »


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Writer and director David Lynch has said he considers this movie the only real failure of his career. To this day, he refuses to talk about the production in great detail, and has refused numerous offers to work on a Special Edition DVD. Lynch claims revisiting the movie would be too painful an experience to endure. See more »

Goofs

When Paul kills the Fremen in the knife fight in the cave, tears can be clearly see running down his face, which is also covered in dirt. A few moments later his face is clean, but he hasn't had enough time to wipe all the dirt and tears away. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits play out over shots of the Arrakis desert. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video and DVD prints (for example, the Spanish release by Manga Films) have about 15 minutes of reversed footage, from the moment where Paul drinks the Water of Life, to his appearance in the court of the Emperor along with Gurney and Stilgar. Look how Gurney and Stilgar exchange positions in the opening shots of that final scene (on the top of the staircase). See more »

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A very good effort.
12 April 2004 | by Chris-742See all my reviews

Every time I see this film I like it more, yet can see why people would dislike this movie, and I can sum up it's shortcoming this way:

Not close enough to the book to humour the people who have read the book, to confusing for people who have not. Thus Lynch managed to get a lot of bad press about this near masterpiece.

It is very difficult to fit the plot of Herbert's masterpiece into 130 minutes, but I think Lynch did a good job, sadly he added som stuff that was not in the book. Where Lynch does excel is in setting the mood. To help him he had probably the best possible cast for such a movie and the best musical score ever. The acting overall is excellent (except possibly Maclachlan and Jones) and for me who read the book before seeing the film, it is hard not to see Stewart as Halleck. The timing of the acting and events is almost perfect. If Lynch had had help by a better scriptwriter to curb some of his wilder additions and flesh out the plot a bit and this could have been one of the best sci-fi movies ever. As is, it is very good, but somewhat flawed.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dune 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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Runtime:

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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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