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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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A behind the scenes look at the making of the epic miniseries "Frank Herbert's Dune."



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


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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Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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(3 parts) | (Entire series) | (Entire series) | (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Julie Cox has worked with actor Freddie Jones in The NeverEnding Story III (1994). Freddie Jones played Thufir Hawat in the 1984 film adaptation. In the mini-series, Thufir Hawat is played by Jan Vlasák. See more »


Jessica's pregnancy seems to progress and recede without any regard to chronological order. See more »


Jessica: You see her standing there, so haughty, so confident. Let us hope she finds solace in her writing and her books. She'll have little else. She may have my son's name, but it is we, the ones who carry the name concubine, that history will call wives.
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Alternate Versions

There exist four versions of this mini series:
  • the original version presented to the Sci-Fi channel which runs ca. 280 minutes and was deemed unsuitable by Network execs/censors. This version was used everywhere else.
  • the American TV version (ca. 265 min., see below)
  • the UK version (see below)
  • the Director's edition which adds ca. 6 minutes to the original version (ca. 286 min., see below)
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Weird if you haven't read the book, horrible if you have
16 September 2001 | by Saaska PSee all my reviews

This movie is an attempt to fit a saga such as Frank Herbert's into $20M and this sad fact is apparent in every CGI sequence, in every landscape, in every interior and costume. The book is such a great material for a superb movie. Unfortunately, Dune 2000 is anything but that.

Every other actor is miscast. Think of the formidable Thufir Hawat, a mentat capable of devising "plots within plots within plots", a mentat whose very name strikes fear in the hearts of his enemies. We have a fat old man who can but shout 'B*****ds!' at the charging Sardaukar. Think of the Fremen, the people who have lived in a desert all their lives, people who can kill for a gallon of water. They didn't manage to find enough lean-looking people. Think of Stilgar, the natural born leader, who radiates authority. With all due respect for Uwe Ochsenknecht, he's just not doing the job.

Granted, it's hard to find an actor young enough _and_capable of portraying such a complex character as Paul. But Alec Newman doesn't have charisma, authority and commitment that MacLachlan so powerfully communicated in the 1984 version. And his relationship with Chani looks much more like mother-and-son.

Interiors. Corrino, the Imperial House, and the Atreides, "men of honor and principle", could do better than live in flashy rooms looking like a dream of a nouveau riche. Costumes. Most of the them look like they came out of Batman and Robin. Landscapes. Think of the beauty of the desert: sunsets against the endless ripple on a sea of sand stretching to the horizon, the black-and blue of the desert by moonlight. They used poor quality gouache backdrops. If they couldn't afford a trip to Sahara, why on earth couldn't they at least get some decent photo imagery?

Now one could forgive all this and more, had the director managed to communicate the essence of the story. But that, too, has went out of the window. It could be understood if the director shot his Dune about something different, but John Harrison apparently has no such ambition.

Two main points of the story, Paul's oracle and Fremen dream about making Dune a paradise, were lost. Words 'Kwizats Haderach' have been uttered but twice. If not about this then _what_ Dune _is_ about? Where is the Fremen desire to see their world green, to see rain where none had been before, to see streams running where but sand has been? Where is Paul's agony of trying to avoid the Jihad?

My grudge list is not half complete but I'll shut up for now. One should not even attempt to shoot Dune with such a budget. You can't do it, and your failure may scare off people who can. I do hope one day a great director will meet a competent producer and they'll employ the finest actors and genius designers... and we'll finally see Dune come to life. Until then... horrible.

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