DUNE (1984 U.S.) D/W: DAVID LYNCH W: ERIC BERGREN/CHRISTOPHER DE VORE P: RAFFAELLA DE LAURENTIIS
Lynch`s version of Frank Herbert`s "unfilmable" sci-fi novel about a battle for a desert planet where giant (psychedlic) sandworms live has been much criticized. But there`s a lot to appreciate. Kyle MacLachlan (in his debut) is good as the hero and Kenneth McMillan is pretty weird as the disgusting Baron Harkonnen (with black ink zits). The photography by Freddie Francis is excellent and the Carlo Rambaldi FX worms are very good. Filmed in Mexico, it was a troubled production that ran over time and budget and was drastically re-cut and edited into different version over the years (all disowned by Lynch and credited to "Allan Smithee"). The original 140 min. version is definitely worth a look, even if some parts are a little silly. With Sean Young, Patrick Stewart, Virginia Madsen, Sting in a metal codpiece, Jack Nance, Brad Dourif, Francesca Annis, Richard Jordan, Jose Ferrer, Dean Stockwell, Jurgen Prochnow, Everett McGill, Silvano Mangano, Sian Phillips, Paul L. Smith, Linda Hunt, Max Von Sydow, 9 year-old Alicia Witt, Angelica Aragon, Humberto Elizondo and Lynch. Alexandro Jodorowsky once started to make his DUNE, but it was shut down. In 2001 a DUNE mini-series debuted.

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