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Promotional film poster for Dune
Directed by David Lynch
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Frank Herbert (novel)
David Lynch
Starring Francesca Annis
Kyle MacLachlan
Max von Sydow
Jose Ferrer
Music by Toto
Brian Eno (Prophecy Theme)
Marty Paich (additional music)
Music sample
"Dune Prophecy Theme"
Cinematography Freddie Francis
Editing by Antony Gibbs
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) December 14, 1984 (premiere)
Running time Original cut
137 min.
Altered TV Cut
190 min.
DVD Extended Cut
177 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
Gross revenue $29,781,000

Dune is a 1984 science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and included a soundtrack by the band Toto. As in the novel, the central plot concerns a young man foretold in prophecy as the "Kwisatz Haderach" who will protect the titular desert planet from the malevolent House Harkonnen and save the universe from evil.

After the success of the novel, attempts to adapt Dune for a film began as early as 1971. A lengthy process of development hell followed throughout the 1970s, during which Arthur P. Jacobs, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Ridley Scott, all tried to bring their vision to the screen. In 1981, David Lynch was hired as director by executive producer Dino De Laurentiis.

The film was not well-received by critics and performed poorly at the American box office at the time. Upon its release, director David Lynch distanced himself from the project, stating that pressure from both producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him final cut.

Fans of the Dune series are polarized by the movie, although the film has become a cult favorite,[citation needed] and at least three different versions have been released worldwide. In some cuts of the film Lynch's name is replaced in the credits with the name of a fictional director Alan Smithee, a pseudonym used by directors who wish not to be associated with a film for which they would normally be credited.



In the far future, the known universe is ruled by Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV; the most precious substance in his sprawling feudal galactic empire is the spice melange, which extends life, expands consciousness, and is vital to space travel. The powerful Spacing Guild and its prescient Navigators use the spice to "fold space" and safely guide interstellar ships to any part of the universe instantaneously.

Sensing a potential threat to spice production, the Guild sends a Navigator to demand an explanation from the Emperor, who confidentially shares his plans to destroy House Atreides. The popularity of Duke Leto Atreides has grown, and he is suspected to be amassing a secret army using sonic weapons called Weirding Modules, making him a threat to the Emperor. Shaddam's plan is to give the Atreides control of the planet Arrakis, the only source of spice in the universe, and to have them ambushed there by their longtime enemies, the Harkonnens. Informed of this plot, the Navigator commands the Emperor to kill the Duke's son, Paul Atreides, a young man who dreams prophetic visions of his purpose. The cryptic assassination order draws the attention of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, as Paul is tied to their centuries-long breeding program which seeks to produce the superhuman Kwisatz Haderach. Paul is tested by the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam. With a deadly gom jabbar at his throat, Paul is forced to place his hand in a box which subjects him to excruciating and increasing pain; he passes to Mohiam's satisfaction, withstanding more pain than anyone has before him. Meanwhile, on the industrial world of Giedi Prime, the sadistic Baron Vladimir Harkonnen tells his nephews Glossu Rabban and Feyd-Rautha about his plan to eliminate the Atreides by manipulating someone very close to the Duke into betraying him. The Atreides leave their watery world of Caladan for Arrakis, a barren desert planet plagued by gigantic sandworms and populated by the Fremen, mysterious people who have long held a prophecy that a messiah would come to lead them to true freedom. Upon arrival on Arrakis, Leto is informed by one of his right-hand men, Duncan Idaho, that the Fremen have been largely underestimated, as they exist in vast numbers on Arrakis and could prove to be powerful allies. Leto gains the trust of the people of Arrakis, proving to be a charismatic and just leader. But before the Duke can establish an alliance with the Fremen, the Harkonnens launch their attack.

While the Atreides had anticipated a trap, they are unable to withstand the devastating Harkonnen sneak attack, supported by the Emperor's elite troops, the Sardaukar, and aided by a traitor within House Atreides itself, Dr. Wellington Yueh. Captured, Leto dies in a failed attempt to assassinate the Baron Harkonnen using a poison gas capsule planted in his tooth by Dr. Yueh. Leto's concubine Jessica and his son Paul escape into the deep desert, and with Jessica's Bene Gesserit abilities and Paul's developing skills, they manage to join a band of native Fremen. Paul emerges as Muad'Dib, the religious and political leader the Fremen have been waiting for. Paul teaches the Fremen to use the Weirding Modules and begins targeting mining production of spice. In the span of two years, spice production is effectively halted. The Emperor is warned by the Spacing Guild of the situation on Arrakis, and the Guild fears that Paul will consume a substance known as the Water of Life. These fears are revealed to Paul in a prophetic dream; he drinks the Water of Life and enters a coma that disturbs all Bene Gesserits in the universe. Awaking, Paul is transformed and gains control of the sandworms of Arrakis. He has also discovered the secret to controlling spice production; water kept in huge caches by the Fremen can be used to destroy the spice. Paul tells his army of Fremen "he who can destroy a thing controls it." Paul has also seen into space and the future; the Emperor is amassing a huge invasionary fleet above Arrakis to regain control of the planet and the spice.

Upon the Emperor's arrival at Arrakis, Paul launches a final attack against both the Harkonnens and the Emperor at the capital city of Arrakeen. His Fremen warriors, armed with Weirding Modules and riding sandworms, defeat the Emperor's legions of Sardaukar while Paul's sister Alia kills the Baron Harkonnen. Paul faces the defeated Emperor, and avenges his family in a duel to the death with Feyd-Rautha. After defeating Feyd, Paul commands rain to fall on Arrakis. Alia reveals to everyone that Paul is indeed the Kwisatz Haderach.


Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides
Sting as Feyd-Rautha.

In credited order:


Shot almost entirely in Mexico, the movie is an adaptation of the first of a series of novels (see Dune, by Frank Herbert) and incorporating some elements from the later novels. The pre-production process was slow and problematic, and the project was handed from director to director.[1]

In 1971, the production company Apjac International (APJ) (headed by Arthur P. Jacobs) optioned the rights to film Dune. As Jacobs was busy with other projects, such as the sequel to Planet of the Apes, Dune was delayed for another year. Jacobs' first choice for director was David Lean, but he turned down the offer. Charles Jarrott was also considered to direct. Work was also under way on a script while the hunt for a director continued. Initially, the first treatment had been handled by Robert Greenhut, the producer who had lobbied Jacob to make the movie in the first place, but subsequently Rospo Pallenberg was approached to write the script, with shooting scheduled to begin in 1974. However, Jacobs died in 1973.

Pre-release flyer for Jodorowsky's Dune

In December 1974, a French consortium led by Jean-Paul Gibon purchased the film rights from APJ. Alejandro Jodorowsky was set to direct. In 1975, Jodorowsky planned to film the story as a ten-hour feature, in collaboration with Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson, David Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Alain Delon, Hervé Villechaize and Mick Jagger. The music would be composed by Magma, Henry Cow and Karlheinz Stockhausen or Pink Floyd. Jodorowsky set up a pre-production unit in Paris consisting of Chris Foss, a British artist who designed covers for science fiction periodicals, Jean Giraud (Moebius), a French illustrator who created and also wrote and drew for Metal Hurlant magazine, and H. R. Giger. Moebius began designing creatures and characters for the film, while Foss was brought in to design the film's space ships and hardware. Giger began designing the Harkonnen Castle based on Moebius' storyboards, and Dali was cast as the Emperor with a reported salary of $100,000 an hour. Jodorowsky's son Brontis Jodorowsky was to play Paul Atreides. Dan O'Bannon was to head the special effects department.

Dali and Jodorowsky began quarreling over money, and just as the storyboards, designs, and script were finished, the financial backing dried up. Frank Herbert travelled to Europe in 1976 to find that $2 million of the $9.5 million budget had already been spent in pre-production, and that Jodorowsky's script would result in a 14-hour movie ("It was the size of a phonebook", Herbert later recalled). Jodorowsky took creative liberties with the source material, but Herbert said that he and Jodorowsky had an amicable relationship.

The rights for filming were sold once more, this time to Dino de Laurentiis. Although Jodorowsky was embittered by the experience, he stated that the Dune project changed his life. Dan O'Bannon entered a psychiatric hospital after the production failed, and worked on 13 scripts; his 13th became Alien.[2] In 1978, De Laurentiis commissioned Herbert to write a new screenplay, but Herbert's 175-page script was rejected – an average script is 90 to 140 pages long.

De Laurentiis then hired director Ridley Scott in 1979, with Rudolph Wurlitzer writing the screenplay and H.R. Giger retained from the Jodorowsky production. Scott intended to split the book into two movies. He worked on three drafts of the script, using The Battle of Algiers as a point of reference, before moving on to direct another science fiction film, Blade Runner (1982). As he recalls, the pre-production process was slow, and finishing the project would have been even more time-intensive:

But after seven months I dropped out of Dune, by then Rudy Wurlitzer had come up with a first-draft script which I felt was a decent distillation of Frank Herbert's. But I also realised Dune was going to take a lot more work — at least two and a half years' worth. And I didn't have the heart to attack that because my older brother Frank unexpectedly died of cancer while I was prepping the De Laurentiis picture. Frankly, that freaked me out. So I went to Dino and told him the Dune script was his. — From Ridley Scott: The Making of his Movies by Paul M. Sammon

In 1981, the nine-year film rights were set to expire. De Laurentiis re-negotiated the rights from the author, adding to them the rights to the Dune sequels (written and unwritten). After seeing The Elephant Man, Raffaella De Laurentiis decided that David Lynch should direct the movie. Around that time Lynch received several other directing offers, including Return of the Jedi. He agreed to direct Dune and write the screenplay even though he had not read the book, known the story, or even been interested in science fiction.[3] David Lynch worked on the script for six months with Eric Bergen and Christopher De Vore. The team yielded two drafts of the script before it split over creative differences. Lynch would subsequently work on five more drafts.

On March 30, 1983, with the 135-page 6th draft of the script, Dune finally began shooting. With a budget of over 40 million dollars, Dune required 80 sets built on 16 sound stages and a total crew of 1700. Many of the exterior shots were filmed in the Samalayuca Dunes in Chihuahua. Upon completion, the rough cut of Dune without post-production effects ran over four hours long, but Lynch's intended cut of the film (as reflected in the 7th and final draft of the script) was three hours long.

However, Universal Pictures and the film's financiers expected a standard, two-hour cut of the film. To reduce the run time, producers Dino De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, and director David Lynch excised numerous scenes, filmed new scenes that simplified or concentrated plot elements, and added voice-over narrations, plus a new introduction by Virginia Madsen. Contrary to popular rumors, Lynch made no other version of the movie besides the theatrical cut; no three to six hour version ever reached the post-production stage. However, several longer versions have been spliced together.[4]

In the introduction for his 1985 short story collection Eye, Frank Herbert discussed the film's reception and his participation in the production, and listed scenes that were shot but left out of the released version.[5] Herbert stated he was satisfied with the final release, but expressed disappointment that some of the scenes he saw on the rough cuts of Dune failed to make the theatrical cut.[6]


Dune's premiere was on December 3, 1984 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and was released worldwide on December 14. Publicity for Dune was extensive before its release, not only because it was based on a best-selling novel but because it was directed by David Lynch, who had success with Eraserhead and The Elephant Man. Several magazines followed the production, and published articles praising the film before its release,[7] all part of the advertising and merchandising of Dune, which also included a documentary for television as well as items placed in toy stores.[8]


In his review, critic Roger Ebert gave Dune one star out of four and wrote "This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time."[9] Ebert added that "The movie's plot will no doubt mean more to people who've read Herbert than to those who are walking in cold,"[9] and later named it "the worst movie of the year."[10] On At The Movies with Gene Siskel and Ebert, Siskel began his review by saying "it's physically ugly, it contains at least a dozen gory gross-out scenes, some of its special effects are cheap — surprisingly cheap because this film cost a reported 40 to 45 million dollars — and its story is confusing beyond belief. In case I haven't made myself clear, I hated watching this film."[11] The film was later listed as the worst film of 1984 in their "Stinkers of 1984" episode.[12] Other negative reviews focused on the same issues as well as on the length of the film.[13]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times also gave Dune a negative review of one star out of five. She said that, "Several of the characters in Dune are psychic, which puts them in the unique position of being able to understand what goes on in the movie" and explained that the plot was "perilously overloaded, as is virtually everything else about it."[14]

The staff of Variety gave Dune a more favorable, but still negative review stating "Dune is a huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic. Visually unique and teeming with incident, David Lynch's film holds the interest due to its abundant surface attractions but won't, of its own accord, create the sort of fanaticism which has made Frank Herbert's 1965 novel one of the all-time favorites in its genre." They also commented on how "Lynch's adaptation covers the entire span of the novel, but simply setting up the various worlds, characters, intrigues and forces at work requires more than a half-hour of expository screen time." They did enjoy the cast and said that "Francesca Annis and Jurgen Prochnow make an outstandingly attractive royal couple, Siân Phillips has some mesmerizing moments as a powerful witch, Brad Dourif is effectively loony, and best of all is Kenneth McMillan, whose face is covered with grotesque growths and who floats around like the Blue Meanie come to life."[15]

Richard Corliss of Time magazine gave Dune a negative review, stating that "Most sci-fi movies offer escape, a holiday from homework, but Dune is as difficult as a final exam. You have to cram for it." He noted that "MacLachlan, 25, grows impressively in the role; his features, soft and spoiled at the beginning, take on a he-manly glamour once he assumes his mission." He ended by saying "The actors seem hypnotized by the spell Lynch has woven around them — especially the lustrous Francesca Annis, as Paul's mother, who whispers her lines with the urgency of erotic revelation. In those moments when Annis is onscreen, Dune finds the emotional center that has eluded it in its parade of rococo decor and austere special effects. She reminds us of what movies can achieve when they have a heart as well as a mind."[16]

While most critics were negative towards Dune, critic and science fiction writer Harlan Ellison was of a different opinion at the time. In his 1989 book of film criticism Harlan Ellison's Watching, he says that the $42 million production failed because critics were denied screenings at the last minute after several re-schedules, a decision by Universal that, according to Ellison, made the film community feel nervous and negative towards Dune before its release.[17] Ellison eventually became one of the film's few positive reviewers.

The few more favorable reviews praised Lynch's noir-baroque approach to the film. Others compare it to other Lynch films that are equally hard to access, such as Eraserhead, and assert that in order to watch it, the viewer must first be aware of the Dune universe. In the years since its initial release Dune has become a cult favorite, and has gained more positive reviews from online critics[18] and viewers.[19]

As a result of its poor commercial and critical reception, all initial plans for Dune sequels were cancelled. It was reported that David Lynch was working on the screenplay for Dune Messiah[20] and was hired to direct a second and a third Dune film. In retrospect, Lynch acknowledged he should never have directed Dune:[21]

I started selling out on Dune. Looking back, it's no one's fault but my own. I probably shouldn't have done that picture, but I saw tons and tons of possibilities for things I loved, and this was the structure to do them in. There was so much room to create a world. But I got strong indications from Raffaella and Dino De Laurentiis of what kind of film they expected, and I knew I didn't have final cut.[22]

Although Universal has approached Lynch for a possible director's cut of the film, Lynch has declined every offer and prefers not to discuss Dune in interviews.[23]

Departures from the novel

The film makes some departures from the novel, most notably in the case of the weirding way, which in the novel is a form of training that allows Paul to move with lightning speed and have near-perfect dexterity. In the film it is replaced with "Weirding Modules", sonic weapons that resemble small video cameras and amplify the user's voice into a destructive force, a controversial choice among Dune fans.[24][25] The film grants the Bene Gesserit telepathy, while the novel notes their keen, nearly superhuman awareness. Some of the novel's central themes were simplified for the adaptation, including the intricate political interplays at work in Herbert's universe,[26] the use of religion to control the populace, and Herbert's ecological themes. The film's ending with rain falling on Arrakis also contradicts the science of the novel, which makes it clear that water is poisonous to the sandworms, and that a wet environment on Arrakis would eradicate them and end the spice cycle.[27]

There are several distinctive visual and aesthetic choices made in the film that do not seem directly inspired by Herbert's novel. In the film, the heads of the Bene Gesserit are hairless after they become Reverend Mothers, the Mentats have enormous eyebrows, and Baron Harkonnen is afflicted with bubo-like blisters. Ornithopters are depicted as jet- or rocket-propelled aircraft, rather than the flapping-winged aircraft described in the novel, and the slaves of the Harkonnens—and even the Baron himself—are given "heart plugs" that can be pulled out to kill them.


Despite a scathing overall reception, the movie has achieved a respectable cult status of which at least three other versions outside the original theatrical cut have been released. In grand total, five versions of Dune are known.

Theatrical cut

Released worldwide in 1984, it was edited by 37 seconds in the UK to pass PG rating, at a total running time of 137 minutes. Though this 137-minute version was not David Lynch's intended cut, it is the only director-approved version and the only official version he ever made of the film for release. It is widely available on both VHS and DVD. In 2006 it was remastered for a special DVD release, and as of late 2006 has been released on HD-DVD with many of the special features seen on other discs.

Alan Smithee version

The 189-minute "Alan Smithee" version was released in 1989. Prepared originally for syndicated television by Universal's MCA division (and later seen on basic cable television networks) for a two-night broadcast, it was prepared without either participation or authorization by David Lynch. It includes a new narrator and a new prologue with a montage of painted pictures. It also reinserts approximately 40 minutes of cut footage, extending some existing scenes and adding others that were, until this version, entirely unseen. This television version also includes some repeated shots throughout the film.

Lynch objected to this version and petitioned the Directors Guild of America to have his name removed from the credits (which were replaced by the pseudonyms Alan Smithee and Judas Booth). This version was initially only released on laserdisc in Japan, but was also found as a poorly recorded VHS on the bootleg market.[28] It is now available worldwide on DVD as the "Extended Edition", but 13 minutes shorter because it was originally presented on television in two parts, with the opening and closing credits repeated on the second night with a Part 1 recap. Only Universal's Region 1 release from 2006 presents the Smithee version of Dune in the film's original widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

Channel 2 version

In 1992, KTVU, a San Francisco, CA Fox affiliate, pieced together a hybrid edit of the two previous versions for broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is essentially the television version with all the violence of the theatrical version reincorporated into the film. It remains unreleased on DVD.

Region 2 DVD Extended Edition

An Extended Edition DVD version (Region 2) was released in Europe in November 2005. It includes, among its many extra features, an extended version of the film, credited to Alan Smithee, which is 177 minutes long. This is a cropped 4.3 transfer but is ultimately from same source that produced the Universal's widescreen Region 1 Extended Edition release in 2006. Neither the video nor the audio on this transfer is remastered, exhibiting a poor television-like quality. Although the cover states that the soundtrack is in mono sound, it is, in fact, in stereo.[citation needed]

Region 1 DVD Extended Edition

An Extended Edition was released by Universal Home Entertainment in the US on DVD on January 31, 2006. The DVD contains both Lynch's 137-minute theatrical cut and a 177-minute edit of the Alan Smithee television version (the latter being presented for the first time in its original anamorphic aspect ratio). It also features a documentary on the production design and special effects, as well as a supplementary section of outtakes and scenes not included in any previous version of the film.

Workprint version

After the completion of principal photography an assembly edit of the best takes was shown to the crew in Mexico, as well as to Frank Herbert. It ran approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes. Contrary to popular fan rumors, it was by no means the Director's Cut of the film and contained no effects shots or sequences. This workprint version is the basis of such rumors, but there was never a four-hour cut of the movie in its complete form. In the fan edit online communities, attempts have been made to re-assemble different versions of the film closer to David Lynch's intent or to the original novel by using the deleted scenes and fixing any technical errors from the Smithee version.[29]

Influence on popular culture

Emperor Frederick Corrino IV from Dune 2000

The film inspired the Cryo Interactive video game Dune, which used elements (such as the Weirding Modules) unique to the film. The character of Paul Atreides was designed to look like Kyle MacLachlan, and the CD version of the game included footage of the film.

The Westwood Studios Dune games (Dune II, Dune 2000 and Emperor: Battle for Dune) were also visually influenced by the film. For example, the Emperor in Dune 2000 and the Reverend Mother in Emperor: Battle for Dune resemble the equivalent characters in Lynch's film.

The Reverend Mother and the Lady Elara from Emperor: Battle for Dune

Dialogue and music from the film have been sampled in various songs. On their album Machine Language, the techno-music DJ group Dynamix II's song "Get Out of My Mind" samples the Mohiam/Alia scene which features the titular line. Virginia Madsen's opening monologue is also featured in several songs by artists including Aphrodite, Astral Projection, and MFG. The Christian industrial/dance band Mortal samples from the film in their 1993 album Fathom, including featuring Baron Harkonnen's line "I'm alive!" in the song "Alive and Awake."

The 1990 production of "Spice" by Eon (musician) also contains dialogue from the Baron and Guild Navigators. The retro-swing band Rayzd, on their Dune-inspired album Fear is the Mind Killer, samples the Litany against fear and other audio clips on their song "Your Mind."

See also


  1. ^ "Dune: Book to Screen Timeline" ~ DuneInfo.com
  2. ^ "The Film You Will Never See" by Alejando Jodorowsky ~ DuneInfo.com
  3. ^ Cinefantastique, September 1984 (Vol 14, No 4 & 5 - Double issue).
  4. ^ Dune/Alternate Versions ~ IMDb.com
  5. ^ Herbert, Frank. Eye, 1985. ISBN 0-425-08398-5 (US 1st edition) / ISBN 0-7434-3479-X (2001 US reprint)
  6. ^ Frank Herbert's comments on the Dune film ~ CityofAbsurdity.com
  7. ^ "David Lynch reveals his battle tactics" ~ CityofAbsurdity.com
  8. ^ The Dune Collectors Survival Guide ~ Arrakis.co.uk
  9. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (1984). "Movie Reviews: Dune (1984)". RogerEbert.SunTimes.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19840101/REVIEWS/401010332/1023. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ Cullum, Brett (February 13, 2006). "Review: Dune: Extended Edition". DVDVerdict.com. http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/duneextended.php. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Dune". At The Movies. December 1984.
  12. ^ "The Stinkers of 1984". At The Movies.
  13. ^ Dune: Retrospective, Extrovert magazine
  14. ^ Maslin, Janet (December 14, 1984). "Movie Review: Dune (1984)". The New York Times. Movies.NYTimes.com. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F06E2D71238F937A25751C1A962948260. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Movie Review: Dune". Variety. 1984. 
  16. ^ Corliss, Richard (December 17, 1984). "Cinema: The Fantasy Film as Final Exam". Time. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,923850,00.html. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Dune: It's name is a Killing Word" ~ ErasingClouds.com
  18. ^ Dune (1984) ~ RottenTomatoes.com
  19. ^ Dune (1984) ~ Yahoo! Movies
  20. ^ "Visionary and dreamer: A surrealist's fantasies" ~ 1984 David Lynch interview ~ DavidLynch.de
  21. ^ Dune: Retrospective, Extrovert magazine
  22. ^ Star Wars Origins: Dune ~ Moongadget.com
  23. ^ Dune Resurection - Re-visiting Arrakis ~duneinfo.com
  24. ^ "Frank Herbert: Lynch movie review" ~ LisaShea.com
  25. ^ "David Lynch's Dune: What Went Wrong?" ~ StarPort.com
  26. ^ Dune (1984) review ~ DuneChronicles.org
  27. ^ Dune (1984) review ~ WorldsGreatestCritic.com
  28. ^ Dune Movies and Videos ~ Arrakis.co.uk
  29. ^ Fanedit.org - Dune

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Quotes from Dune, the 1984 motion picture directed by David Lynch, based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert. See also Dune (TV miniseries).

  • A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The Known Universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel.
    • Introduction by Princess Irulan
  • It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains. The stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
    • The Mentat Mantra, Piter De Vries
  • Some thoughts have a certain sound...
    • Paul Atreides
    • Shouted by wielders of weirding modules
  • Send a third stage Guild Navigator to Kaitan to demand details from the Emperor. The spice must flow...
    • a member of the Spacing Guild, from a special report within the Guild
  • The Bene Gesserit witch must leave.
    • a Guildsman tells the Emperor that his Truthsayer has to leave the room


Muad'Dib: Gurney, when the storm hits... set off the atomics. I want an opening through the entire Shield Wall. Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
Stilgar: Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.

Paul Atreides: You suggest the son of the Duke is an animal?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Let us say I suggest you may be human.

Muad'Dib: We Fremen have a saying: God created Arrakis to train the faithful. One cannot go against the word of God.

Paul Atreides: You have no need for your weapons with me, Gurney Halleck.
Gurney Halleck: Paul! Paul!
Paul Atreides: Don't trust your own eyes.
Gurney Halleck: They said you were dead. They said...
[Paul shows him the signet ring on his fingers. Gurney moves forward, his eyes tearing, and the two embrace each other and pound each other on the back.]
Gurney Halleck: You young pup! You young pup! (At the same time) Paul Atreides: Gurney-man! Gurney-Man!

Gurney Halleck: Behold, as a wild ass in the desert, go I forth to my work.

Paul Atreides: Father... father, the sleeper has awakened!

Paul Atreides: Is this what you seek?
Gurney Halleck: Good... the slow blade penetrates the shield... but look down. We'd have joined each other in death. However, you did seem to finally get in the mood.

Paul Atreides: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Paul Atreides: Walk without rhythm and you won't attract the worm.

Chani: Tell me of your homeworld, Usul.

Piter De Vries: It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Paul Atreides: Shield practice? Gurney... we had practice -- this morning... I'm not in the mood.
Gurney Halleck: Not in the mood?! Mood's a thing for cattle and love play... not fighting.
Paul Atreides: I'm sorry Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: Not sorry enough.

Guildmaster: We foresee a slight problem. The Duke's son. We want him killed. I did not say this. I am not here.

Piter De Vries: I must not let my passion interfere with my reason. That is not good. That is bad.

Feyd-Rautha: Who is the little one, a pet perhaps? Will she deserve my special attentions?

Duke Leto Atreides: I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: I will have Arrakis back for myself! He who controls the Spice controls the universe and what Piter did not tell you is we have control of someone who is very close, very close, to Duke Leto! This person, this traitor, will be worth more to us than ten legions of Sardaukar!
Feyd-Rautha: And who is this, traitor?
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: I won't tell you who the traitor is, or when we'll attack. However, the Duke will die before these eyes and he'll know, he'll know, that it is I, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who encompasses his doom!

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: He who controls the spice, controls the universe!

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: The spice must flow.

Paul Atreides: What do you call the mouse shadow on the second moon?
Stilgar: We call that one, Muad'Dib.
Paul Atreides: Could I be known as Paul Muad'Dib?
Stilgar: You are Paul Muad'Dib, and your mother shall be a Sayyadina among us... We welcome you.
Paul Atreides: [thinks] The dream unfolds.

Paul Atreides: They tried and failed?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: They tried and died.

Muad'Dib: [thinks] My own name is a killing word. Will it be a healing word as well?

Paul Atreides: Some thoughts have a certain sound, that being equivalent to a form. Through sound and motion, you will be able to paralyze nerves, shatter bones, set fires, suffocate an enemy or burst his organs. We will kill until no Harkonnen breathes Arrakeen air.

Muad'Dib: Gurney, now!
Gurney Halleck: Atomics!

Paul Atreides: Long live the fighters!

Paul Atreides: I'm dead to everyone unless I become what I may be.

Muad'Dib: He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing.

Feyd-Rautha: Why prolong the inevitable? I will kill you!

The Baron's Doctor: [treating Baron Harkonnen] Put the pick in there, Pete, and turn it round real neat.

The Baron's Doctor: You are so beautiful, my Baron. Your skin - love to me. Your diseases - lovingly cared for for all eternity!

Stilgar and the Fremen: Hmmm. Shai-hulud.

[repeated line]
Feyd-Rautha: I will kill him!

Feyd-Rautha: [whispers] You see... your death... my blade will finish you.
Paul Atreides: [thinks] I will bend like a reed in the wind.

Paul Atreides: What's in the box?
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Pain.

Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Bring in that floating fat man, the Baron!

Alia: I am a messenger from Maud'Dib. Poor Emperor. I'm afraid my brother won't be very pleased with you.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Silence!
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Kill this child. She's an abomination. Kill her! [groans then yells at Alia] Get out of my mind!
Alia: [using the Voice] Not until you tell them both who I really am!
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: [weakly] Alia, daughter of Duke Leto the Just and the royal lady Jessica. Sister... of Paul... Muad'Dib.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: Paul's sister?! Paul is Muad'Dib?!

Paul Atreides: I will tell you how it will be. I will marry your daughter, the Princess Irulan. I will become the new Emperor of the Known Universe.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV: I am House Corrino. Only I sit on the throne!
Paul Atreides: You and your House shall have a throne on Salusa Secundus, your prison world, and the training ground for your accursed Sardaukar. [using the Voice] Either that, or you will die!

Paul Atreides: Don't try your powers on me, witch! Try looking into that place where you dare not look. You'll find me there, staring back at you.
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: Silence him, Jessica!
Lady Jessica: [like a robot] Silence him yourself, if your can.
Paul Atreides: For ninety generations, you and your Bene Geseerit have labored in secret to producing a living, breathing weapon... a weapon that would enable you to overthrow both the Guild and the Emperor. Indeed. This weapon, I am; and these goals, I have achieved. But I'll never be yours.
Reverand Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam: You mustn't speak of...
Paul Atreides: [also using the Voice, which overpowers her] Silence! I remember you Gom Jabbar, now you remember mine. I can kill with a word.

[Leto is responding to Thufir's resignation, after Paul narrowly cheats death via a "hunter-seeker", with which his chamber was boobytraped.]
Duke Leto Atrides: Enough of this, Thufir! If you make a mistake, it was in overestimating the Harkonnens. Their simple minds came up with a simple trick! Moreover, Paul survived this largely because of your training; you didn't fail there.

[first lines]
Princess Irulan: The beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that it is the year 10191. The Known Universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4,000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.

[last lines]
Alia Atreides: And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!

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