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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Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel about the son of a noble family trying to avenge his father's death while saving a spice planet that he is entrusted to protect.

Director: Denis Villeneuve
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 Duke Leto Atreides (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Muad'Dib / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Lady Jessica Atreides (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Gurney Halleck (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Glossu Rabban (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Princess Irulan Corrino (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Stilgar (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Guild Agent (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Alia / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Guard (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Duncan Idaho (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Count Hasimir Fenring (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Chani (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Otheym (2 episodes, 2000)
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 Dr. Pardot Kynes / ... (2 episodes, 2000)
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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1.78 : 1
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Julie Cox (Princess Irulan) had played the Childlike Empress in the 1994 film The Neverending Story III (1994), which is a sequel to the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story (1984), which was based on the novel by Michael Ende. The mini-series, like the 1984 film, is adapted from Frank Herbert's novel. See more »

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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 »

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Chani: I believe that sometimes it is necessary to share the one you love with things greater than the both of you.
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Behold, for it is done.
27 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Suffer no longer the rumors of a 6-hour-long cut of Lynch's (Smithee's?) 1984, er, attempt. No more need for such drivel. Mind you, I was at first willing to dislike this project -- having seen some production stills, and not knowing what to make of it. Ah, folly of youth! A few hours on the couch with a preview copy have changed my mind. This is the good stuff, folks -- the reason we keep our TVs. The performances range from good to excellent; the cinematography is clean and in some cases downright exciting. Just about the whole book is here, a few judicious cuts notwithstanding, and Dr. Kynes looks like Marty Feldman, but that's OK, I don't mind. Stilgar spits on the floor, Princess Irulan wears some weird headgear and the ships, at last, do not look like the fender of a '57 Chevy. A well-crafted, lushly-visualized and breathtakingly-realized project. Not without its faults, though those are very few. If not merely satisfying, then outright amazing. Disappointment is unlikely. Good, good stuff. -- Rotwang!


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