Dune (1984)

Dune (1984)

Dune (1984)

David Lynch's sci-fi adventure based on Frank Herbert's futuristic novel, set in thousands of years time. Follows the quest of an aristocratic heir (Kyle MacLachlan) as he leads his people against an evil galactic emperor and attempts to secure their freedom. Features a soundtrack by Toto as well as a supporting role played by The Police frontman Sting - trying to act while wearing some dreadful costumes.

Dune has an infamously long production history - beginning with attempts to start filming from 1971 - as chronicled in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. The film bombed at the box office, and Lynch distanced himself from the production, stating producers changed the film and removed his creative control. Various versions have been released over the years.

1984Rating: PG137 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

A huge, hollow, imaginative and cold sci-fi epic.

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Time Out

Time Out

Lynch's third feature may have been a commercial disaster, but it gets under your skin and is marked by unforgettable images and an extraordinary soundtrack.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

An incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

If you don't mind the brain-bending confusion of the plot and occasional feeling of '80s high camp, this isn't as bad as its detractors would have it.

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