Dune (1984)

1984 | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
137 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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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.

Dune (1984) is an American science fiction, action, adventure movie that was based on Frank Herbert‘s novel, Dune (1956). Director and writer David Lynch (Mulholland Drive (2001), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986)) executed this dark but yet intriguing movie nicely. I was not checking the time nor did my mind stray while viewing this film because it was an interesting piece of work. There are three cuts of the movie, regular - 137 min, special edition - 190 min, and the extended cut - 177 min. I recommend viewers to see the special edition if you can or the extended cut. There was numerous/countless goofs in this movie that keen movie viewers might notice, but it did not take away from the film being an exceptionally entertaining watch. The movie left me wanting more and made me realize that I should watch a movie regardless of what others say because everyone has a different opinion. The entire cast did a superb job with their roles, and the music was stunning as well as the visuals, sets, and a few scenes.

The movie takes place ten thousand years in the future and revolves around noble families fighting
to gain control of the planet Arrakis. Arrakis is also known as Dune and is the only planet that has the drug melange/spice that is a very valuable commodity.

Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV (José Ferrer - Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Caine Mutiny (1954), Moulin Rouge (1952)) rules the universe ten thousand years in the future. Melange or "the spice" has the power to extend human life, expand consciousness, and is the most valuable commodity. The Spice helps Spacing Guild with folding space and allows them to be safe while instantaneous interstellar traveling. The Emperor’s confidentially shares his plans with the emissary from the Guild to destroy House Atreides. The Emperor feels threatened by Duke Leto Atreides (Jürgen Prochnow - Das Boot (1981), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The English Patient (1996), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)) who might be making a secret army. The Emperor decides to give the planet Arrakis/Dune to Atreides and have their longtime arch-enemies, the Harkonnens ambush them. What happens next is a twist and is worth seeing because there is a huge amount of female characters that enter the fight.

The movie was beautifully done with its mystical atmosphere and wonderful screenplay. The worm part was nicely done, and that was by far the most joyous part for me as it was impressing. All science fiction movie lovers should watch this movie with an open mind at their earliest convenience. There are a lot of questions left open, and I think it was purposely done to get viewers to form their answers.

About Dune 1984

Title: Dune
Year: 1984
Runtime: 137 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 9 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9
Starring: Brad Dourif, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, Virginia Madsen, Leonardo Cimino, Sean Young, Jack Nance, Jürgen Prochnow, Freddie Jones, Everett McGill, Dean Stockwell, Kenneth McMillan, Linda Hunt, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Jordan, Judd Omen, Paul L. Smith, Alicia Witt, Honorato Magaloni, David Lynch, James Mathers, Ramón Menéndez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Scott Price, Sting, Claudia Ramírez, Julieta Rosen, Francesca Annis, José Ferrer, John Sabol
Writers: Frank Herbert, David Lynch
Director: David Lynch

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