Dune (1984)

A world beyond your experience, beyond your imagination.

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Podcast Release Date:
Nov 29, 2016

Dune Series Episode 1

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

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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Movie Details

David Lynch
Original Title
David Lynch
Raffaella De Laurentiis
Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Patrick Stewart, Linda Hunt, José Ferrer, Leonardo Cimino, Freddie Jones, Brad Dourif, Richard Jordan, Virginia Madsen, Silvana Mangano, Everett McGill, Sting, Kenneth McMillan, Jack Nance, Siân Phillips, Jürgen Prochnow, Paul L. Smith, Dean Stockwell, Max von Sydow, Alicia Witt, Sean Young, Danny Corkill, Honorato Magaloni, Judd Omen, Molly Wryn, Angélica Aragón, Miguel Cane, Thomas Ebert, Humberto Elizondo, Ricardo Hill, Ernesto Laguardia, David Lynch, James Mathers, Ramón Menéndez, Ana Ofelia Murguía, William Phipps, Scott Price, Claudia Ramírez, Julieta Rosen, John Sabol, Margarita Sanz, Jacqueline Voltaire
2 h 17 min
Release Date
14 December 1984
Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.

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