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Frank Herbert's 'Dune': Miniseries (2000)



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In the 11th millennium, Shaddam IV, ruler of the Galactic Empire, rids himself of his competitor Duke Leto Atreides by giving him control of the desert planet Dune also called Arrakis; fully aware that its present owner, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, will not give it up without a fight. The reason is that Arrakis is the source of the valuable spice, a substance produced by enormous and dangerous sandworms, which bestows special mental qualities on anyone who consumes it. A short while later Harkonnen does indeed succeed in ambushing and massacring Leto and his men. Leto's mistress Lady Jessica, who is a member of the clairvoyant order of Bene Gesserit, manages to escape into the desert with her son Paul, and after a long and dangerous march they finally encounter the Fremen, the long suppressed desert tribe of Arrakis. Impressed by Paul's clairvoyant abilities, tribal prince Stilgar takes in the fugitives. Very soon the Fremen are convinced that Paul is their long-prophesied redeemer...


William Hurt
as Duke Leto
Giancarlo Giannini
as Emperor Shaddam IV
Alec Newman
as Paul Atreides
Ian McNeice
as Baron Harkonnen
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Critic Reviews for Frank Herbert's 'Dune': Miniseries

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Maybe there are some books that just can't be adequately transferred to the screen. And maybe "Dune" is one of them.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The sets and costumes are sumptuous, the special effects impressive, and the actors give dignity to their faux-Shakespearean line readings.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

It has a sustained mood, it conveys some of the spirit of its source material, and it is entertaining, especially the last episode.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Not the definitive telling of Dune, but not bad either.

May 3, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I must say it's great fun.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Sci Fi has simply bitten off more than it can chew, taking on a project of this scope... All are helpless without the coin to make this miniseries what it should be.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…
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