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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 by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer), who appears to take his marching orders from something that resembles a talking vagina. In the kingdom are two rival houses -- the House of Atreides and the House of Harkonnen. Each house is trying to gain dominion over the universe, but that dominion can only be gained by the house that controls the Spice, a special substance that permits the folding of time. The Spice is only available on the desert world of Arrakis, or Dune. Shaddam, tired of the feuding between the two houses, permits the Atreides to take over the Spice production on Dune, while secretly working with the Harkonnens to launch a sneak attack on the Atreides and destroy them. The leader of the Atreides is Duke Leto (Jürgen Prochnow), who rules with the help of his concubine Jessica (Francesca Annis) and son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan). The rival Harkonnens are headed by the pus-oozing degenerate Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Kenneth McMillan, in a thoroughly through-the-roof performance) and his two unsavory nephews, Rabban (Paul L. Smith) and Feyd (Sting). When his father is murdered by the Harkonnens, Paul escapes to Dune, where he is greeted by the Fremen (the desert dwellers on Dune who prepare the Spice) as the messiah foretold in Fremen legend. Paul assumes the mantle of messiah and leads the Fremen in a revolt that topples the balance of power in the universe. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 1984


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nelson Stoll Best Sound 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Maslow Best Sound 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Varney Best Sound 1984 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1984 Nominee


Francesca Annis
as Lady Jessica
Leo Cimino
as The Baron's Doctor
Brad Dourif
as Piter De Vries
José Ferrer
as Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Linda Hunt
as Shadout Mapes
Freddie Jones
as Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan
as Duncan Idaho
Kyle MacLachlan
as Paul Atreides
Virginia Madsen
as Princess Irulan
Silvana Mangano
as Rev. Mother Ramallo
Everett McGill
as Stilgar
Kenneth McMillan
as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack Nance
as Nefud
Sian Phillips
as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Jürgen Prochnow
as Duke Leto Atreides
Paul L. Smith
as The Beast Rabban
Patrick Stewart
as Gurney Halleck
as Feyd-Rautha
Dean Stockwell
as Dr. Wellington Yueh
Max von Sydow
as Dr. Kynes
Alicia Witt
as Alia
Sean Young
as Chani
Jane Jenkins
Judd Omen
as Molly Wyrn
Honorato Magaloni
as Otheym
Judd Omen
as Molly Wyrn
Honorato Magaloni
as Otheym


David Lynch
Raffaella de Laurentiis
Frank Herbert
Book Author
Rudolph Wurlitzer
David Lynch
Eric Bergren
James Devis
Freddie Francis
Composer (Music Score)
Brian Eno
Composer (Music Score)
Marty Paich
Composer (Music Score)
Daniel Lanois
Composer (Music Score)
Nelson Stoll
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Masters
Production Designer
Pier Luigi Basile
Supervising Art Director
Dino de Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Giorgio Desideri
Set Designer
Bob Ringwood
Costume Designer
Nelson Stoll
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert J. Whitlock
Special Effects
Brian Smithies
Special Effects
Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects
Kit West
Special Effects
Maggie Cartier
Jane Jenkins
Giannetto De Rossi
Alan Splet
Sound Special Effects
Carlo Rambaldi
Creature Design