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Episode 1: Dune (1984)
November 29, 2016

This film may have Patrick Stewart, but does it engage?

Title: Dune
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 137 minutes
Release Date: December 14, 1984
Director: David Lynch
Writer(s): David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlanm Francesca Annis, Sting, Kenneth McMilianm Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Virginia Madsen, Everett McGill, Max von Sydow, Jurgen Prochnow, Paul Smith, Jose Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Brad Dourif, Freddie Jones, Sian Phillips, Linda Hunt, Richard Jordan, Silvana Mangano, Alicia Roanne Witt, Judd Omen
Company: Universal Pictures

Frank Herbert's novel Dune had a long path from the novel to film. After a series of false starts it finally hit theaters in 1984 directed by Oscar nominated director David Lynch.  The director turned down Return of the Jedi for this other sci-fi epic. Yet while both are space fantasies on desert planets, Jedi was populated with muppets and Dune came with a pamphlet to help moviegoers unfurl the dense narrative. How much of this film is Herbert and how much is Lynch, and is this film the worm or the hook?  Join the Now Playing podcast hosts to find out!


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