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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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 ...  Guild Agent 3 episodes, 2000
Laura Burton ...  Alia Atreides 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


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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The Mahdi statue at Sietch Tabr was inspired by the Buddha statues in Bamian, Afghanistan, which were later destroyed by the Taliban. See more »


The moons in the background never move (because they are on painted "translights"). The most noticeable example is out of the Arrakeen palace window. The moon never moves from its position through a gap in the shield wall for the entire duration of the banquet. See more »


Chani: I believe that sometimes it is necessary to share the one you love with things greater than the both of you.
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Alternate Versions

UK video version (episode 1) was cut by the distributor (Fox Pathe) for violence (a man having his neck broken in a fight sequence) to achieve a "12" certificate although a "15" certificate was available for the uncut version. See more »

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A Better Book Representation, but a Worse Movie
27 April 2001 | by craigbentingSee all my reviews

The problem with adapting books to the movie screen, especially huge epics like Dune, is that a certain interpretation of the original is necessary. Making a 2-3 hour movie out of this novel simply requires a lot of interpretation along with picking and choosing of the source material. So, I know a lot of people who read the book Dune and really hated the movie adaptation for all the same predictable reasons -- "Why did they change that?", "How could they leave that part out?", and "Where did they come up with that?".

I have a unique perspective on Dune -- I watched the 1984 movie first and absolutely loved it, I watched the 2000 mini-series adaptation and thoroughly enjoyed all the familiar scenes/words but with the added depth, and then I read the book. The book, of course, still was different from the 2000 mini-series and I still wanted to know why so many things were different in the mini-series than in the book -- my interpretation of the book would have been different. So, even the mini-series falls far short of the depth of the book and anyone who reads books knows they can be better than any movie.

The 2000 mini-series conveyed a much better story than the 1984 movie did, but the 1984 movie was simply a much better movie -- much better performances, much better visual effects for the most part (and 16 years earlier), and much more *excitement*. No matter how good the 2000 mini-series is, it can never be described as being as exciting as the 1984 movie. In short, the 1984 movie is worth buying and the 2000 mini-series is only worth renting unless you have no intention of ever reading or buying the book. If you're a book reader, just buy the book and skip this mini-series.

I could only give this mini-series a 6 out of 10 stars (barely above average).

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Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »


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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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