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Dune is a 1984 science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and included a soundtrack by the band Toto. The plot concerns a young man foretold as the "Kwisatz Haderach" who will lead the native Fremen of the titular desert planet to victory over the malevolent House Harkonnen.

After the success of the novel, attempts to adapt Dune for a film began as early as 1971. A lengthy process of development hell followed throughout the 1970s, during which time both Arthur P. Jacobs and Alejandro Jodorowsky tried to bring their visions to the screen. In 1981, Lynch was hired as director by executive producer Dino De Laurentiis.

The film was not well received by critics and performed poorly at the American box-office. Upon its release, Lynch distanced himself from the project, stating that pressure from both producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him final cut. At least three different versions have been released worldwide. In some cuts Lynch's name is replaced in the credits with the name Alan Smithee, a pseudonym used by directors who wished not to be associated with a film for which they would normally be credited.

Dune
Directed byDavid Lynch
Produced byRaffaella De Laurentiis
Screenplay byDavid Lynch
Based onDune 
by Frank Herbert
StarringKyle MacLachlan
Francesca Annis
Everett McGill
Sting
Max von Sydow
Jose Ferrer
Siân Phillips
Virginia Madsen
Patrick Stewart
Sean Young
Music byToto
Brian Eno (Prophecy Theme)
Marty Paich (additional music)
CinematographyFreddie Francis
Editing byAntony Gibbs
StudioDino De Laurentiis Corporation
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • December 14, 1984 (1984-12-14)
Running time140 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million
Box office$30,925,690
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