Dune (1984)

1984 Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

User Score: 67/100


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.

Even more than most of David Lynch’s deliberately bizarre and idiosyncratic movies, Dune is a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. An ambitious, epic, utterly mind-boggling—and, let’s admit it, all-out weird—adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel, Dune remains one of the most controversial films in the director’s exceedingly provocative career. The story (if Dune can be said to have just one story) is complex and convoluted in the epic tradition; it has something to do with political intrigue and a planet that is home to a precious spice and gigantic sand worms. Think Shakespeare’s Henry IV with a dash of Tremors, and set in another galaxy. But despite plenty of strangely whispered voice-overs that explain the characters’ thoughts (and endlessly detailed exposition), storytelling is not really among the film’s strong points. There are, however, a lot of memorably fantastic/grotesque images, an extraordinary cast, and a soundtrack featuring Toto. I told you it was weird. Among the stars are Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Brad Dourif, Sting, Kenneth McMillan, Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, and Linda Hunt. —Jim Emerson

About Dune (1984)

Title: Dune
Year: 1984
Starring: Brad Dourif, Max von Sydow, Virginia Madsen, Patrick Stewart, Leonardo Cimino, Jürgen Prochnow, Jack Nance, Everett McGill, Freddie Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Sean Young, Judd Omen, Paul L. Smith, Dean Stockwell, Linda Hunt, Richard Jordan, Sting, Alicia Witt, Honorato Magaloni, Kenneth McMillan, Ramón Menéndez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Scott Price, Claudia Ramírez, Julieta Rosen, Francesca Annis, John Sabol, José Ferrer, Margarita Sanz, Silvana Mangano
Director: David Lynch
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users. Votes: 6.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

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