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Dune 

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A three-part miniseries on politics, betrayal, lust, greed and the coming of a Messiah. Based on Frank Herbert's classic science fiction novel.
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
William Hurt ...  Duke Leto Atreides 3 episodes, 2000
Alec Newman ...  Muad'Dib / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Saskia Reeves ...  Lady Jessica Atreides 3 episodes, 2000
P.H. Moriarty ...  Gurney Halleck 3 episodes, 2000
Ian McNeice ...  Baron Vladimir Harkonnen 3 episodes, 2000
Matt Keeslar ...  Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen 3 episodes, 2000
László I. Kish ...  Glossu Rabban 3 episodes, 2000
Giancarlo Giannini ...  Padishah - Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV 3 episodes, 2000
Julie Cox ...  Princess Irulan Corrino 3 episodes, 2000
Uwe Ochsenknecht ...  Stilgar 3 episodes, 2000
Zuzana Geislerová ...  Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam 3 episodes, 2000
Philip Lenkowsky ...  Guild Agent 3 episodes, 2000
Laura Burton ...  Alia / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Pavel Vokoun Pavel Vokoun ...  Guard 3 episodes, 2000
James Watson ...  Duncan Idaho 2 episodes, 2000
Miroslav Táborský ...  Count Hasimir Fenring 2 episodes, 2000
Barbora Kodetová ...  Chani 2 episodes, 2000
Jakob Schwarz ...  Otheym 2 episodes, 2000
Karel Dobrý ...  Dr. Pardot Kynes / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Pavel Cajzl Pavel Cajzl ...  Sardauker Captain 2 episodes, 2000
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In the 11th millennium, Shaddam IV, ruler of the Galactic Empire, rids himself of his competitor Duke Leto Atreides by giving him control of the desert planet Dune also called Arrakis; fully aware that its present owner, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, will not give it up without a fight. The reason is that Arrakis is the source of the valuable spice, a substance produced by enormous and dangerous sandworms, which bestows special mental qualities on anyone who consumes it. A short while later Harkonnen does indeed succeed in ambushing and massacring Leto and his men. Leto's mistress Lady Jessica, who is a member of the clairvoyant order of Bene Gesserit, manages to escape into the desert with her son Paul, and after a long and dangerous march they finally encounter the Fremen, the long suppressed desert tribe of Arrakis. Impressed by Paul's clairvoyant abilities, tribal prince Stilgar takes in the fugitives. Very soon the Fremen are convinced that Paul is their long-prophesied redeemer, and... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

SCIFI.COM | scifi.com

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USA | Canada | Germany | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Herbert's Dune See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(3 parts) | (Entire series) | (Entire series) | (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The mini-series was broadcast 20 years before the cinema release of Dune (2020) which is the 2nd big screen adaptation of the novel. See more »

Goofs

In the very beginning, when Paul dips his fingers in the bowl of water and flower petals, the water can be seen clearly moving in the bowl, even though it has not yet been touched. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: The spice must flow.
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Alternate Versions

DVD Director's Cut adds scenes to the US television release:
  • Aboard the Heighliner, Hawat explains to Paul why he doesn't trust the Bene Gesserit
  • Yueh talks to Jessica about his wife's disapperance, foreshadowing and explaining his betrayal.
  • Paul finds Kynes in the arboretum, who suggests to Paul that Arrakis' ecology can be changed.
  • Extended banquet scene: Paul storms off from the banquet table in a huff over something Irulan said, with additional creepy dialogue from the Guild representative.
  • Just before the Harkonnen/Sardaukar raid, Jessica and Leto have a conversation in his office
  • Harkonnen gloats to Jessica about his plans for her and Paul.
  • Extended scene of Harkonnen gloating over Leto: Leto mumbles "the tooth" before using the poison gas cap.
  • Harkonnen has a nightmare about Paul before Feyd wakes him up and informs him about Kynes' survival.
  • During Harkonnen's gloating over Kynes, Feyd spits some water.
  • Irulan orders Farrah to Giedi Prime to soften up Feyd so she can find out what really happened to Paul.
  • Additional Fremen nudity in the Cave of Riches when they're stripping their stillsuits; Chani feels self-conscious when Paul is staring at her and covers her bare breasts
  • Farrah is on Feyd's arm when he goes to see Harkonnen about Rabban's senseless slaughtering of Fremen
  • Fenring has to convince Shaddam that it's a good idea for Irulan to go to Giedi Prime
  • Chani and Jessica have a conversation before Ramallo arrives.
  • Fenring and Harkonnen talk about Kynes' whereabouts and Harkonnen architecture after watching Feyd practice for his 100th gladiator bout.
  • Additional nudity for Feyd's post-bout bath; after Irulan gets Feyd to talk about Paul and Jessica, she lets Farrah step in to continue the seduction, but Fenring notices Irulan after she slips out.
  • Some nudity from the dancing Fremen woman during the sietch tau orgy sequence
  • Chani's arrival at Cave of Riches, with Jessica and Leto II waving from a balcony
  • After Paul orders Chani to go off to safety with Leto II, he watches them depart and puts on her sayyadina necklace
  • Irulan and an Imperial functionary talk about who Muad'dib really is
  • The arrival of Harkonnen and Feyd at the Imperial Palace
  • The Fedaykin bring Paul to a building filled with Harkonnen prisoners and a Guild representative
  • Stilgar explains proper wormriding technique to Paul.
  • Exterior shot of two starfighters swooping through the Heighliner fleet over Arrakis to give an idea of the ships' immense size
  • Paul sees Leto's ghost after putting his skull in its shrine.
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Guilty Pleasures
25 June 2001 | by schogger13See all my reviews

First, a small catalog of guidelines for the 3 main types of viewers, and what they can expect from this mini series.

Type One: The Dunatics. For them, nothing can match up to the gospel according to Frank Herbert, so, choices are reduced to 2. Either make allowances towards both limitations and possibilities of the TV format to encounter the new and frivolous concept of fun, or refuse to watch this on the premise that any cinematic adaptation short of congeniality amounts to blasphemy by nature.

Type Two: The Lynch Mob. For them, the 84 adaptation justifies making allowances towards the novel by sheer impact of Lynch's surely unique, but also highly controversial vision - sometimes even questionable, where both Herbert and Lynch share an uncomfortable leaning towards social Darwinism and Riefenstahl-type aesthetics/ideals of 'Uebermensch' and 'Untermensch', sometimes even drifting into fascist cyphers. Noble savages versus the pit full of rotting (and of course 'sexually depraved', by showing the 'classic' negatively coded combination of cruelty and latent/outright homosexuality in men, and deception/treachery and offensive sexuality in women) carcass of the old and degenerated system of the imperial hierarchy. But the belief in 'higher breeding' (birthright of leadership/superiority) transcends both and is never put in question - not even by our 'hero' after the real necessity of a political marriage was gone. Recommendation: Watch Dune 2000. With a certain selective view applied, it'll serve as a welcome spare parts depot for their thesis that the 84 movie casts a shadow which can't be shed by any future attempt. Visually, this new version has enough thinly disguised 'Lynchisms' to justify a gloat session.

Type Three: The Players. They are the least dogmatic section of viewers, first and foremost on the look-out for 5 hours of 'other-worldly' atmosphere and storytelling beyond the mind-numbing standards of SF TV. Recommendation: Have fun and a few good 'goosebump moments' beyond mere popcorn TV.

General aspects:

Looks Let's face it, this one is split. The photography, costumes (matter of taste) and the built sets are excellent but highly individual. One either loves or hates it. On the whole, it looks more like a Visconti epic than Hollywood coded SF. CGI, backdrops, matte paintings and 'outdoor' studio sets, on the other hand, are so unbelievably clumsy and unprofessional that they can easily spoil the whole thing if one isn't capable of blotting them out of one's prime perception. The budget is no excuse. Half a crew from the minimal budget wizards on Farscape would've finished classes above this shambles.

Script This is far better than most give it credit. It has flaws, but they derive mostly from particular expectations of the Dunatics or the Lynch Mob. They tried to loose a bit of the extremely sterile and formalized dialogue from the books and the 84 movie - sometimes going overboard by making them talk too '90's casual' - but on the whole achieving a good compromise between Herbert's and Lynch's extremely artificial diction and something that could be recognized as 'normal' talk in such a highly ritualized environment. On the whole, they stayed closer to the book than the Lynch version, but messed up on a few small but sometimes vital details without an apparent reason. That's of no consequence for those who haven't read the original, but a pity, nonetheless in some cases, especially the lame portrayal of the Fremen. (significance of water in all its aspects)

Acting A mixed bag, here, but mainly due to the 90's approach to characterization/diction rather than bad acting. That sometimes backfires heavily, especially in the case of the lead. The whole concept - no matter how 'updated' it's supposed to be - hinges on a rather simple but nonetheless vital construct of a messiah. So, first requirement is to emanate something 'beyond' a mere character. Messiahs are NEVER characters. They are cyphers to carry and focus ideals no mortal could match up to. Herbert's Paul has at least to function/convince as a kind of Jesus with a pump action to inspire massive battles for the greater good. In that, Alec Newman fails almost completely. Half of that is down to a simple lack of presence, and the other half to Harrison's direction. Granted, Newman portrays a more 'real' person than McLachlan's aseptic and super moralistic uber-noble, but that is the last thing required for such a role. The actor who played Gurney, though, was a total wash-out and shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath with Stewart's interpretation. But there, the pit is already reached. Most other performances range from adequate to good (in the case of non English speaking actors sometimes hampered by the sheer inability to give life to the words beyond mere translation..., with one notable and no less than exquisite exeption)

The acting highlight is set by Ian McNeice's Baron. This is the real gem of the whole piece - and most likely to be hated by both Dunatics and the Lynch Mob. He gives an outrageous Baron! Pure ham, brilliantly constructed to bypass the extremely limited and one-dimensional boundaries of that character set by Herbert & Lynch, like acid, skilfully sprinkled over the plump exterior to outline the hidden and multi-layered menace and the REAL danger. For the first time, one can really see the magnitude and cunning of the Baron's long-term agenda. At the same time McNeice splashes the character's homosexuality at the screen like a paint bomb, thereby totally disconnecting it from his evilness. This Baron is an evil man who merely HAPPENS to be a homosexual. Here, his sexuality is his only Achilles heel - his 'weak' spot amongst ppl who use exactly that to bring him down. An absolutely brilliant acting twist to de-cloak the nature of the co-existing true evil in the same person. And McNeice's Baron doesn't only say he's intelligent and downright exceptional in his scheming skills. He proves it more than once against a whole menagerie of 'allies' constantly underestimating him.


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