137 minutes | David Lynch

A Duke's son leads desert warriors against a galactic emperor and an evil nemesis to avenge his father, free their world, and to control the spice.

June 8, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Cult "masterpiece" Dune stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, the son of a Duke, who becomes a saviour to a people. Released in 1984, it stars an ensemble of well-known American, Latin American, and European actors in supporting roles, including Sting, Jose Ferrer, Virginia Madsen, Linda Hunt, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, and Jürgen Prochnow, among others. 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 time both Arthur P. Jacobs and Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to bring their visions to the screen. In 1981, 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. Upon its release, Lynch distanced himself from the project, stating that pressure from both producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him final cut. Since then, Dune has achieved a more cult status, based in large part to Kyle MacLachlan's portrayal of Paul Atreides, a young man discovering the world inside and outside of himself.

Director: David Lynch
Principal Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Sting, Jose Ferrer, Virginia Madsen, Linda Hunt, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, Jürgen Prochnow
Running Time: 137 minutes
Producer: Dino De Laurentiis, Raffaella De Laurentiis, José López Rodero
Screenplay: David Lynch
Cinematographers: Freddie Francis
Editors: Anthony Gibbs
Production Designer: Anthony Masters
Music: Toto
Language: English
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