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Dune 

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A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
William Hurt ...  Duke Leto Atreides 3 episodes, 2000
Alec Newman ...  Muad'Dib / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Saskia Reeves ...  Lady Jessica Atreides 3 episodes, 2000
P.H. Moriarty ...  Gurney Halleck 3 episodes, 2000
Ian McNeice ...  Baron Vladimir Harkonnen 3 episodes, 2000
Matt Keeslar ...  Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen 3 episodes, 2000
László I. Kish ...  Glossu Rabban 3 episodes, 2000
Giancarlo Giannini ...  Padishah - Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV 3 episodes, 2000
Julie Cox ...  Princess Irulan Corrino 3 episodes, 2000
Uwe Ochsenknecht ...  Stilgar 3 episodes, 2000
Zuzana Geislerová ...  Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam 3 episodes, 2000
Philip Lenkowsky Philip Lenkowsky ...  Guild Agent 3 episodes, 2000
Laura Burton ...  Alia / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Pavel Vokoun Pavel Vokoun ...  Guard 3 episodes, 2000
James Watson ...  Duncan Idaho 2 episodes, 2000
Miroslav Táborský ...  Count Hasimir Fenring 2 episodes, 2000
Barbora Kodetová ...  Chani 2 episodes, 2000
Jakob Schwarz ...  Otheym 2 episodes, 2000
Karel Dobrý ...  Dr. Pardot Kynes / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Pavel Cajzl Pavel Cajzl ...  Sardauker Captain 2 episodes, 2000
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In the 11th millennium, Shaddam IV, ruler of the Galactic Empire, rids himself of his competitor Duke Leto Atreides by giving him control of the desert planet Dune also called Arrakis; fully aware that its present owner, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, will not give it up without a fight. The reason is that Arrakis is the source of the valuable spice, a substance produced by enormous and dangerous sandworms, which bestows special mental qualities on anyone who consumes it. A short while later Harkonnen does indeed succeed in ambushing and massacring Leto and his men. Leto's mistress Lady Jessica, who is a member of the clairvoyant order of Bene Gesserit, manages to escape into the desert with her son Paul, and after a long and dangerous march they finally encounter the Fremen, the long suppressed desert tribe of Arrakis. Impressed by Paul's clairvoyant abilities, tribal prince Stilgar takes in the fugitives. Very soon the Fremen are convinced that Paul is their long-prophesied redeemer, and... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

SCIFI.COM | scifi.com

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USA | Canada | Germany | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Herbert's Dune See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts) | (Entire series) | (Entire series) | (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD Special Features a Producer says he was happy to cast unknown actors because "The Story is the Star". See more »

Goofs

Just before meeting Dr. Yueh to comfort him, the concubine walks on what appears to be a marble floor, but her footsteps make loud sounds as if she on a lifted wooden floor. See more »

Quotes

Paul Atreides: You are a desert power, and nothing can stop you.
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Alternate Versions

DVD Director's Cut adds scenes to the US television release:
  • Aboard the Heighliner, Hawat explains to Paul why he doesn't trust the Bene Gesserit
  • Yueh talks to Jessica about his wife's disapperance, foreshadowing and explaining his betrayal.
  • Paul finds Kynes in the arboretum, who suggests to Paul that Arrakis' ecology can be changed.
  • Extended banquet scene: Paul storms off from the banquet table in a huff over something Irulan said, with additional creepy dialogue from the Guild representative.
  • Just before the Harkonnen/Sardaukar raid, Jessica and Leto have a conversation in his office
  • Harkonnen gloats to Jessica about his plans for her and Paul.
  • Extended scene of Harkonnen gloating over Leto: Leto mumbles "the tooth" before using the poison gas cap.
  • Harkonnen has a nightmare about Paul before Feyd wakes him up and informs him about Kynes' survival.
  • During Harkonnen's gloating over Kynes, Feyd spits some water.
  • Irulan orders Farrah to Giedi Prime to soften up Feyd so she can find out what really happened to Paul.
  • Additional Fremen nudity in the Cave of Riches when they're stripping their stillsuits; Chani feels self-conscious when Paul is staring at her and covers her bare breasts
  • Farrah is on Feyd's arm when he goes to see Harkonnen about Rabban's senseless slaughtering of Fremen
  • Fenring has to convince Shaddam that it's a good idea for Irulan to go to Giedi Prime
  • Chani and Jessica have a conversation before Ramallo arrives.
  • Fenring and Harkonnen talk about Kynes' whereabouts and Harkonnen architecture after watching Feyd practice for his 100th gladiator bout.
  • Additional nudity for Feyd's post-bout bath; after Irulan gets Feyd to talk about Paul and Jessica, she lets Farrah step in to continue the seduction, but Fenring notices Irulan after she slips out.
  • Some nudity from the dancing Fremen woman during the sietch tau orgy sequence
  • Chani's arrival at Cave of Riches, with Jessica and Leto II waving from a balcony
  • After Paul orders Chani to go off to safety with Leto II, he watches them depart and puts on her sayyadina necklace
  • Irulan and an Imperial functionary talk about who Muad'dib really is
  • The arrival of Harkonnen and Feyd at the Imperial Palace
  • The Fedaykin bring Paul to a building filled with Harkonnen prisoners and a Guild representative
  • Stilgar explains proper wormriding technique to Paul.
  • Exterior shot of two starfighters swooping through the Heighliner fleet over Arrakis to give an idea of the ships' immense size
  • Paul sees Leto's ghost after putting his skull in its shrine.
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Close, but not perfect
3 July 2004 | by nashjarSee all my reviews

I've seen and own both this version and the original movie version. I have to say there are things I like better about each movie. The mini-series version has much more time in which to tell this very complicated story. However, the writers seem to have felt the need to invent story lines that do not exist in the Frank Herbert books (i.e. Irulan's affair with Feyd). I did enjoy that Irulan had more of a presence in this movie, and I prefer the overall look of this film (the ruddiness reminding more of an arid desert than the cold greyishness of the original movie). I much prefer the miniseries interpretation of what the 'Weirding Way' is, showing it as a technique rather than a device. However, I miss the 'though-overs' from the original movie, and I thought Sting played a much better Feyd. A true Dune fan will need to see both movies...


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