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Dune

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This truncated adaptation of Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterwork is too dry to work as grand entertainment, but David Lynch's flair for the surreal gives it some spice.

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In the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), Leto's son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. Based on Frank Herbert's epic novel.

Cast & Crew

Kyle MacLachlan
Paul Atreides
Sting
Feyd-Rautha
Francesca Annis
Lady Jessica
Leonardo Cimino
The Baron's Doctor
Brad Dourif
Piter DeVries
José Ferrer
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda Hunt
Shadout Mapes
Freddie Jones
Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan
Duncan Idaho
Virginia Madsen
Princess Irulan
Frank Herbert
Writer (Novel)
Dino De Laurentiis
Executive Producer
José López Rodero
Associate Producer
Brian Eno
Original Music
Roger Eno
Original Music
Daniel Lanois
Original Music
Steve Lukather
Original Music
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Critic Reviews for Dune

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (23)

  • Unless you have the book committed to memory, you'll find it practically impossible to follow the story.

    May 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As you would expect from visionary director David Lynch, it is a movie of often staggering visual power, the most ambitious science fiction film since "2001"; it's also stupefyingly dull and disorderly.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 18, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The problem is that the imagery isn't rooted in any story impulse, and so its power dissipates quickly.

    July 18, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Dune is not the masterpiece its adherents have hoped for - but neither is it the disaster its detractors have claimed.

    June 6, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dune

  • Jun 10, 2017
    Undoubtedly a complete mess (Lynch doesn't handle exposition well, and "Dune" requires a lot of world building) but the movie is filled with unforgettable imagery. One wonders what might have happened if Lynch had an even larger budget and final cut.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2016
    I loved the books, but the film should have been directed by Ridley Scott. If he did the project, it would have been an excellent move but Lynch who also did Twin Peaks, The Elephant Man, The Straight Story and Inland Empire, never read the book, didn't know the story and he was never interested in science-fiction at the time. So he did it badly. As for an adaptation, it gets a 6.6/10.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Fantastical, imaginative, cheesy, and grotesque -- Dune is fun movie. The sets, sound, costumes all show the efforts were put in and to good effect. Not everything comes off, though. Many of the props and effects are silly. But that's not such a problem if you are not taking the movie seriously to begin with. It's not another Star Wars (like perhaps it wanted to be), but it is still a good time.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2015
    after eraserhead and the elephant man why would anyone think david lynch was the correct person to direct this film adaptation. Crazy arthouse blockbuster that is all over the place. cult film and ambitious for its time.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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