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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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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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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)

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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Alice Krige turned down the role of Lady Jessica due to scheduling conflicts. She did, however accept the role in Children of Dune (2003) when Saskia Reeves proved unavailable. See more »

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In the very beginning, when Paul dips his fingers in the bowl of water and flower petals, the water can be seen clearly moving in the bowl, even though it has not yet been touched. See more »

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Otheym: Mah'Di! You are the voice from the outer world! You are the prophet sent to us by Shai Hulud! You must take your place, Muad Dib. We've waited long enough. You must do it now!
Paul Atreides: Do you live for the good of the tribe, Stilgar?
Stilgar: There is no other way.
Paul Atreides: And for the good of the tribe would you stand there & let me drive this blade into your heart?
Fremen: It is the way! Call him out!
Otheym: It is the way, Muad Dib!
Paul Atreides: Ways change!
[Paul throws the knife to the ground at Otheym's feet]
Otheym: [looking up angrily] Hard tasks need ...
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A terrific adaptation of an epic tale.
10 March 2003 | by Li-1See all my reviews

8.5 out of 10

The Sci-Fi Channel's production of Frank Herbert's Dune is a vast epic tale bristling with adventure, romance, and political intrigue. It's an epic saga that's faithfully told, staying true to its source material with well-developed characters and an engrossing plot that's complex, yet entirely comprehensible. Most importantly, it's a miniseries that's extremely enjoyable to watch; this isn't an example of slow pretension, but rather a spirited and rousing adventure. Running at nearly 5 hours, the production is always a lot of fun to watch, and never flags in pacing or momentum.

The cast is a success, particularly lead Alec Newman as Paul Atreides. In the miniseries most crucial role, Newman finds most of the right nuances and emotional complexities of the character. Saskia Reeves delivers the series' best performance as Lady Jessica, a role full of warmth and heart. It's a pity Reeves won't return for Children of Dune, but Alice Krige is a superb actress in her own right. The villains of the piece are equally magnetic. Ian Mcniece is a menacingly cunning Baron Harkonnen, while Matt Keeslar makes for an imposing Feyd Rautha. In other important roles, William Hurt, P.H. Moriarty, and Julie Cox acquit themselves admirably. The only weak performer is Barbara Kodetova, who's annoying as Chani, lacking the strength and conviction we expect from the part.

Dune is a spectacular production, aided by some of the best interior sets on screen to date. The CGI effects are excellent, given the budgetary limitations, and the giant sandworms stand out, especially in their awe-inspiring first appearance. The miniseries has a lavish, gorgeous look to it (courtesy of cinemtographer Vittorio Storraro), wisely separating it from its lacking predecessor (the Lynch disaster). Writer/director John Harrison achieves tight pacing through superb editing and storytelling. He also does a fine job delivering rousing action sequences, the knife fights are dynamic and the epic battle scenes are fast-paced and exciting. I'm certain there will still be discontent Herbert fans, but I found this a fully satisfying miniseries on almost all counts.


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