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Dune (Frank Herbert's Dune) [2000] (2 discs)

Director:John Harrison
Writer:John Harrison
Composer:Graeme Revell
Length:265 minutes
(4 hours 25 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
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IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:33%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A house war gets Paul's father killed and him and his mother stranded on a planetary desert where they must align themselves with the desert-dwelling Fremen to survive.

Reaction: This movie can be a bit difficult to understand completely so try not to watch it sleepy for your first time. Other than that, it is very well made for a made-for-TV movie.

Personal Rating: 8/10

John Harrison => Director / Writer
Graeme Revell => Composer
Frank Herbert => Novel
Alec Newman => Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib
Barbora Kodetová => Chani
Giancarlo Giannini => Padishah - Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV
Ian McNeice => Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jakob Schwarz => Otheym
James Watson => Duncan Idaho
Jan Unger => Piter Devries
Julie Cox => Princess Irulan Corrino
Karel Dobrý => Dr. Pardot Kynes
László I. Kish => Glossu Rabban
Laura Burton => St. Alia Atreides
Matt Keeslar => Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
Miroslav Táborský => Count Hasimir Fenring
P.H. Moriarty => Gurney Halleck
Pavel Cajzl => Sardauker Captain
Robert Russell => Dr. Yueh
Saskia Reeves => Lady Jessica Atreides
Uwe Ochsenknecht => Stilgar
William Hurt => Duke Leto Atreides
Zuzana Geislerová => Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The false spice in the scene where Gurney and Paul are reunited was really oregano.
  • During production, Laura Burton grew so much that near the end of filming her custom-designed contact lenses (designed to help create the Fremen blue eyes effect) no longer fit her properly. They became extremely irritating in later scenes, and during the climactic deposition scene the director asked her to spare herself the discomfort and not wear them at all.
  • The design of the stillsuits was inspired by NASCAR cool suits, which pump chilled water through capillaries to keep its wearer from overheating.
  • Earned the Sci-Fi Channel's highest at the time.
  • The cinematographer used matte backgrounds for the "exterior" shots, painted on massive fabric sheets. The detail worked so well that it eliminated the need to film the exteriors in an actual desert, and allowed the filmmakers to create a film with production values on par with most big screen science fiction productions at a fraction of the cost.
  • After the production's completion and before its premiere, the Sci-Fi Channel authorized writer/director John Harrison to write and direct a sequel miniseries. Harrison planned to base the next miniseries on Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. This eventually became the miniseries Children of Dune, which Harrison wrote but did not direct.
  • None of the guns actually worked; all muzzle flashes were added in postproduction.
  • The glowing Fremen eyes effect was accomplished with special ultraviolet contact lenses and a UV-filtering camera lens.
  • Alice Krige turned down the role of Lady Jessica due to scheduling conflicts. She did, however accept the role in the sequel miniseries when Saskia Reeves proved unavailable.