Dune (1984)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.


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Director:

David Lynch

Writers:

Frank Herbert (novel), David Lynch (screenplay)

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12 October 2018 | jamesrupert2014
5
| Ambitious but flawed attempt
There are some good parts in David Lynch's much maligned version of Frank Herbert's famous novel but they are few and far between. The main score is generally excellent (except when it pointlessly switches to dated '80's guitar rock), some of the images of the endless deserts of Arrakis are quite well done, and, although primitive and simplistic by modern standards, the early use of CGI in the shielded fight scenes should be lauded. Unfortunately these plusses are greatly outweighed by the film's deficits. The producers seemed to have little faith in the actors, so almost every action is accompanied by an explanatory voice representing of the person's thoughts. Some of the acting, especially the various villainous Harkonnens, is awful. The novelty-casting of Sting as Feyd-Rautha doesn't help: he spends too much time trying to look evil by smirking and fiddling with a knife but whatever menace he establishes is quickly undone when he steps out of the steam-bath in leather pampers. Kyle MacLachlan, who plays the central character Paul Atreides, generally looks uncomfortable and out of place, which is not helped by the constant melodramatic voiceovers. Patrick Stewart's Gurney Halleck is good (although why he has to carry the little dog is beyond me), as is Max von Sydow who plays Kynes, the exobiologist and honorary Freman who introduces Paul to the desert planet. The special-effects set pieces (especially the sand-worms and the climactic battle) have not aged well and despite some nice 'steam punk' stylings, the film still looks like an overproduced 1980's Italian vision of the future. Lynch has essentially disowned the film as have many fans of the book. I didn't like "Dune" when I first saw it 34 years ago and a recent rewatch on Netflix didn't do much to change my overall opinion. There are rumours that Denis Villeneuve will soon direct a remake and, as there have been some great successes in filming 'unfilmable' books ("The Lord of the Rings" being an obvious example), perhaps the next film will better capture Herbert's stark and lofty vision.

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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (David Lynch): (Lincoln): Lynch disowned the extended television cut. He chose the name "Judas Booth" to appear as the screenwriter in this cut. This name is a combination of Judas Iscariot, the apostle that betrayed Jesus Christ, and John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's killer. With this in-joke, Lynch meant that the studio betrayed him, and killed the movie. The director's credit is the usual in these cases, Alan Smithee.


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Princess Irulan: A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that it is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padisha Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the Universe is the spice melange. The spice extends ...


Goofs

During the first battle of the film Rabban is seen throwing Atreides' conscripts off of a bridge. When Rabban throws a man off the bridge you can clearly see the ground shake a few feet around the man as if he lands on some type of padding rather than solid ground.


Crazy Credits

Gurney's Baliset is Based on "The Stick" Created by Emmett Chapman


Alternate Versions

As of 2006, the Alan Smithee version had been released in a two disk set containing both the Lynch version and the extended version. However, many scenes were edited out once again: The heart plug scene when the baron is introduced is not in the extended version anymore (it is still in the original). The scene where Thufir discovers the burning wierding modules is also missing, as well as Thufir's death scene. (Thufir's death scene is included as a deleted scene in the special features)

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

14 December 1984

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA, Mexico

Filming Locations

Yuma, Arizona, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,025,091 16 December 1984

Gross USA:

$30,925,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,925,690

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