David Lynch (1984)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Frank Herbert's mammoth cult novel, about the competition between two warring families for control of a barren planet renowned for its mind-expanding spice, is converted by director David Lynch into a dense, swirling mass of religious symbolism and mysticism. Unwieldy and confusing, it's not as bad as it seemed on release. Lynch was, reportedly, unhappy with the final cut, but his film is visually stunning - the industrial design is truly unique - and many of the scenes are among the most memorable, and original, of the genre. Kyle MacLachlan (in his film debut) stars as the "messiah" alongside an amazing cast that includes Sean Young, Francesca Annis, Sting, Patrick Stewart and Kenneth McMillan (as the decaying, bloated Baron Harkonnen, perhaps the most repellent villain ever created).


A far-flung galactic empire is sustained by a priceless mind-expanding spice found only on a desolate desert world. Rival factions seeking to take over production plunge the planet into war, while the native people await the coming of a prophesied saviour who will lead them to freedom. David Lynch's sci-fi fantasy based on Frank Herbert's novel, starring Kyle MacLachlan, Francesca Annis, Sting, Patrick Stewart and Kenneth McMillan.

Cast & Crew

Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib Kyle MacLachlan
Lady Jessica Francesca Annis
Gurney Halleck Patrick Stewart
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Kenneth McMillan
Rev Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam Sian Phillips
Feyd-Rautha Sting
Duke Leto Atreides Jürgen Prochnow
Dr Wellington Yueh Dean Stockwell
Director David Lynch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Swearing, edited for violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray