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2,942 Ratings

Dune

Directed by David Lynch
United States, 1984
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

In the distant future, the most valuable substance in the universe is a spice that is only found on the desert planet of Arrakis. When a duke is given control of the planet, his son must lead the native people in a battle against the monstrous Harkonnens in order to save the planet and the spice.

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Dune Directed by David Lynch

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1985 | Nominee: Best Sound

Hugo Awards

1985 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

On the whole, Dune’s Lynchian fingerprints are faint. Much has been made of how the large-scale production, and multiple simultaneous shooting crews, removed the director’s touch from the picture. Presumably a large chunk of it was sliced off in the editing room following that.
July 21, 2017
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Dune—which exists in several cuts, none of which Lynch seems all that crazy about—is his most uncontrolled work, as evidenced in the sometimes spotty special effects and the occasionally patchy plotting. But he is the creative force pushing the film in its strangest directions.
September 27, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Dune

    Somehow manages to combine the steam-punk grotesquery of Eraserhead, the Victorian grandeur of The Elephant Man & the camp space opera of Flash Gordon, with Herbert's epic narrative chopped up & merely peppered throughout. I don't think it's as compromised as many Lynch fans like to pretend, & if anything, seems to be the cinematic forebear to the recent Twin Peaks The Return, in both positive & negative attributes.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Dune

    The novel came with its own glossary, and dramatizing such mythos isn't Lynch's skillset: his Dune is a mix of clunky exposition dialogue, pure abstract visuals, and almost nothing in between. But there are enough fascinating approaches to wonder what career we could have had if they cracked the script. Take it with just music and sound FX, and there are times you might even think you're seeing something visionary.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Dune

    For the longest time, I have delayed giving my rating for this film. I don't like to discuss it, as I felt the talent of David Lynch on the screen. It could have been better then or equal to Star Wars. Instead we are left with another example of studio bastardization, like Blade Runner before it (though that was properly restored). All I have left to say is that at least it is the reason we have Blue Velvet...

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Dune

    What can I say? For years of terrible descriptions and warnings, I finally watched it and found myself enjoying it. Not everything is good (the digital SFX are awful, Sting is laughable) but there are some incredible moments, and a baroque visual approach that makes the film more like a psychedelic opera than anything.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Dune

    Recently reread Dune and was thinking the film couldn't possibly be as bad as I remember. I stand corrected. One of the most overbaked, rudderless films ever. The only film by David Lynch he should be embarrased by. Would love to read an account of what went wrong on this year and a half shoot in Mexico. Have seen longer versions over the years and those cuts no better. So many a-listers in production for naught

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Dune

    Dune is definitely messed up and flawed but I still love it. I've never read Frank Herbert's novel so I don't have enough knowledge of the story to get pissed off over how weird or grotesque David Lynch made it. Dune is reasonably nasty and off-putting but its also pretty cool. The extended version is worth watching once (Lynch himself disowned it) but go for the theatrical cut if possible...

  • Phil Worfel's rating of the film Dune

    I really want to like this soo badly but so much of it is a failed product. I know it got taken away from Lynch but what it could have been doesn't change what it is. That all being said I've watched it a dozen times because of Lynch's design and style. I think I keep hoping that it will be better.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Dune

    It's like Downton Abbey and The Fifth Element had an Eraserhead sperm baby. I read the books and I still had no idea what was going on here. So, I loved it. The way it conjures a hypnotic state - jumbling visuals, sound and temporal space as if on different planes - actually fits with the altered states angle in the text. So it's cryptic, yes, but so is Myth. Aching for rediscovery among Lynch apologists.

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