Dune (1984)



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David Lynch wades through dark waters in his adaptation of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel. In condensing Herbert's rambling and complex book by eliminating characters and compacting events, Lynch succeeds in rendering the story incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the novel and making the film look like a sketchy greatest hits collection of the book for Herbert fans. The story takes place in the year 10,191. The universe is governed through a system of feudal rule, presided over … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Rudolph Wurlitzer, Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


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as Piter De Vries

as Paul Atreides

as Gurney Halleck

as Feyd Rautha

as Dr. Wellington Yueh

as Shadout Mapes

as Thufir Hawat

as Duncan Idaho

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as Duke Leto Atreides

as The Beast Rabban

as Dr. Kynes

as Chani

as Honorato Magalone

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Critic Reviews for Dune

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (7)

Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's bad - as bad as they come - but also built to last, and as the years roll on, its fascinating qualities continue to grow.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014

Audience Reviews for Dune


The desert roaming tribe of mystics/warriors called the Fremen (free men?) longingly await the heavenly arrival of their messiah. In the meantime powerful and arrogant otherworldly forces battle for control of a drug that bestows second sight, singularly produced on the same desert planet by a rather huge indigenous life form.
The Jesus story then, made into sci-fi, Herbert's novels an veritable earthquake in that community, and wrestled with by David Lynch to bring to the screen. While stylistically vibrant, Lynch is brought low by the inability to transmit the unfolding wonder Herbert delivered: " ... a god walking amongst us!" that is the essence of the story, given by a multitude of intricacies. Lynch tries to follow the story, but only trips in those same intricacies, giving instead plodding pace and mysticism lost.

Kevin M. Williams

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Ehhhhhh, its a decent sci-fi story. Its no eraserhead though and docent have the grittiness of blue velvet.

paul o.
paul oh

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