The original theatrical cut of the David Lynch adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel.
I thought I had seen this years ago. I was wrong.
What I had seen and remembered from TV was the “extended edition” that was disavowed by David Lynch and added a lot of stuff, some of it out of order, and vastly increasing the length of the opening narration, starting the movie with a lack of momentum.
This is the original theatrical version of the movie, and when I sat down to watch it to find that it wasn’t what I thought, I was surprised. Sure, it misses a lot of things and skips many things that the 2000 Miniseries covers in more detail. And, darn it, it takes too long to get TO Dune, too much of the movie is set on Caladan and the trip to Dune.
Still, this movie, at least, has the Fremen armed with better weapons than the miniseries, where, as far as I could tell, the advanced Atreides weapons are dropped as a plotline completely and the Fremen attack with just hand weapons.
And this movie does have some decent acting talent, from Patrick Stewart to Sian Phillips. And Virginia Madsen could read a cereal box and make it sound compelling.
Still, the movie is too short by far to give the book any justice, and I suspect the less you know about the complex, rich tapestry of the book, the better off you will be with the story of Paul Muad’dib Atreides in the movie Dune.