W: David Lynch [based on the novel by Frank
DP: Freddie Francis
Ed: Antony Gibbs
PD: Anthony Masters
Cos: Bob Ringwood
Kyle MacLachlan (Paul Atreides), Francesca
Annis (Lady Jessica), Jose Ferrer (Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV), Sian Phillips (Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam), Brad Dourif (Piter de Vries), Dean Stockwell (Dr. Wellington
Yueh), Linda Hunt (Shadout Mapes)
A convoluted science fiction with too many
characters who don't seem to be introduced properly (I guess it's important to have read Frank Herbert's novel first), all of which are going to war over a valuable spice on a
desert-surfaced planet guarded by giant worms.
It's nevertheless a huge cult classic, but I
fail to understand how it was so expensive. The special effects, art direction & costumes (Sting in a cod-piece) are disappointingly average. For me, David Lynch seemed
to be the wrong director, since his vision seems to be obsessed with the occult and the unusual, resulting in the narrative becoming a huge, over-complicated mess.