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Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 16 March 2016 (France)
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The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.


Frank Pavich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Self
Amanda Lear ... Self - Salvador Dali's Muse
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Self - Actor - Dune
Chris Foss ... Self - Artist - Dune
Christian Vander ... Self - Magma
Devin Faraci ... Self - Film Critic
Diane O'Bannon ... Self - Dan O'Bannon's Widow
Drew McWeeny ... Self - Film Critic
Gary Kurtz ... Self - Producer - Star Wars
H.R. Giger ... Self - Artist - Dune
Jean-Paul Gibon ... Self - Co-Producer - Dune
Jean-Pierre Vignau ... Self - Stunt Coordinator - Dune
Michel Seydoux ... Self - Producer - Dune
Nicolas Winding Refn ... Self - Director - Drive
Richard Stanley ... Self - Director - Hardware


The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

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The greatest science fiction movie never made



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Rated PG-13 for some violent and sexual images and drug references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This unmade film would have marked the only on screen appearance of the character Lady Margot Fenring. Despite being a high ranking Bene Gesserit and part of their machinations in Herbert's novel, the character was entirely omitted from the David Lynch film. Her role in the story was taken by Princess Irulan in the SyFy Channel miniseries version. Margot's husband, Count Hasimir Fenring, also had a significant role in Jodorowsky's script, only to be omitted entirely from Lynch's film. Unlike his wife, he did appear in the SyFy miniseries, but in a substantially reduced role from his one in the book. See more »


Alejandro Jodorowsky: He said, "I want to produce you anything. What do you want to do?" I say, "Dune!" And he say, "Yes."
Michel Seydoux, Producer - DUNE: Why? Because the book was the most beautiful science fiction book. It was the bible of science fiction for all the big devotees. Because the book had a worldwide publishing success that you could find in every country.
Alejandro Jodorowsky: I didn't read Dune. But, I have a friend who say to me it was fantastic. I don't know why I say Dune. I can say Don Quixote or I can said Hamlet. I don't know any way, anything. I ...
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The most influential film never actually made?
13 July 2014 | by mote99See all my reviews

If you love movies and/or eccentric characters, you simply must see "Jodorowsky's Dune." It's one of the best documentaries about the (un)making of a film I've ever seen. It's a terrific documentary and a thoroughly fascinating character study.

It covers the story of a feature film that Alejandro Jodorowsky never made. He came close to making an adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel, Dune, before David Lynch did it in the 1980s. Jodorowsky was a very successful cult film director during the '70s and made films like El Topo, The Holy Mountain, and Santa Sangre. When you listen to Jodorowsky talk for this length of time, you come to understand how he got his films made: he simply hypnotized people! ;-)

Although it was never actually made, Jodorowsky's sci-fi film went on to influence later sci-fi movies like "Alien," "Blade Runner," and even "Star Wars." And it also opened the door for the film careers of people like Dan O'Bannon, Jean Giraud, and H.R. Giger, who later worked on Ridley Scott's "Alien."

"Jodorowsky's Dune" gets a big thumbs up from me! I highly recommend this documentary!

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$36,018, 23 March 2014

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