Dune (1984)

137m, 190m (TV version)
35mm film, 70mm film (blow-up), Todd-AO, Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, 70mm 6-Track, English

An American science fiction film directed by David Lynch. Production began on 6 April 1983 1Variety 24 August 1983 p.32

Plot Summary

In the distant future, The House Atreides is relocated to the desert world of Arrakis, also known as , as part of a complex power struggle with rival clan, The Harkonnens. Arrakis is the only source of the all-important spice melange which powers every aspect of the vast Galactic Empire. Double crossed by the Harkonnens, The Emperor and the all-powerful Spacing Guild, The House Atreides is destroyed and the only survivors, The Lady Jessica and her son Paul, go on the run in the of Arrakis. The team up with the locals, The Freemen, and Paul soon comes to realise that thanks to the manipulation of the mysterious Bene Gesserit sisterhood, he is to become the Kwisatz Haderach, a messiah who also figures in Fremen legends.


Directed by: David Lynch [as Judas Booth or Allan Smithee on television version prints]
© 1984 Dino De Laurentiis Corporation
Dino De Laurentiis presents a David Lynch film. Universal Pictures [opening logo]
Produced by: Rafaella De Laurentiis
Associate Producer: José Lopez Rodero
Screenplay by: David Lynch [as Judas Booth or Allan Smithee on television version prints]
Based on the Novel by: Frank Herbert
Photographed by: Freddie Francis
Film Editor: Antony Gibbs
Music Composed and Performed by: Toto
Sound Mixer: Nelson Stoll
Costumes Designed by: Bob Ringwood
Stillsuit Construction: Don Post Inc
Makeup Artists: Luigi Rochetti, Mario Scutti
Chief Hairdresser: Mirella De Rossi
Creative Make Up: Giannetto De Rossi
Mechanical Special Effects by: Kit West
Creatures Created by: Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects Coordinator: Charles L. Finance
Mechanical Creatures: Carlo Rambaldi Enterprises Inc
Special Visual Effects: Universal City Studios Inc Matte Department
Cloud Timelapse by: Energy Productions
Production Designed by: Anthony Masters

Francesca Annis as Lady Jessica [Atreides]
Leonardo Cimino as the Baron's doctor
Brad Dourif as Piter De Vries
José Ferrer as Padishah Emperor Saddam IV
Linda Hunt as Shadout Mapes
Freddie Jones as Thufir Hawat
Richard Jordan as Duncan Idaho
Kyle Maclachlan as Paul Atreides
Virginia Madsen as Princess Irulan
Silvana Mangano as Reverend Mother Ramallo
Everett McGill as Stilgar
Kenneth McMillan as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Jack Nance as Nefud
Siân Phillips as Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Jürgen Prochnow as Duke Leto Atreides
Paul Smith as The Beast Rabban
Patrick Stewart as Gurney Halleck
Sting as Feyd Rautha
Dean Stockwell as Doctor Wellington Yueh
Max Von Sydow as Doctor Kynes
Alicia Roanne Witt as Alia
Sean Young as Chani

Extracts included in
Impressions of Dune (2003)
My Science Fiction Life (2006)

See also
Dune (2000)
Dune Part 1 (2020)
Dune Part 2 (2021)

Production Notes

In the UK the film was given a royal charity premiere in the presence of Prince Andrew in aid of mental health charity MIND at the Empire, Leicester Square on 13 December 1984. It went on general release the following day.


Infinity no.37 (2021) p.7 – illustrated note (Infinity news)
Première February 1985 p.9 – review (by Jean-Pierre Lavoignat)
Sounds 22 December 1984 p.11 – illustrated review
Variety 24 August 1983 p.32 – credits (Film production)

Southampton Evening Echo 5 January 1985 p.16 – review
Daily Mirror 24 November 1983 – illustrated article
Daily Mirror 14 December 1984 p.4 – illustrated note

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.116 – credits, review