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Finland:292 min (3 parts) | USA:265 min | Canada:277 min (Ontario)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2000-12-03
Filming Locations: Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy
William Hurt
Duke Leto Atreides
Alec Newman
Saskia Reeves
Lady Jessica Atreides
P.H. Moriarty
Gurney Halleck
Ian McNeice
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Matt Keeslar
Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
László I. Kish
Glossu Rabban
Julie Cox
Princess Irulan Corrino
Uwe Ochsenknecht
Zuzana Geislerová
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Philip Lenkowsky
Guild Agent (3 episodes, 2000)
Laura Burton
Pavel Vokoun
Guard (3 episodes, 2000)
James Watson
Duncan Idaho
Miroslav Táborský
Count Hasimir Fenring (2 episodes, 2000)
Barbora Kodetová
Jakob Schwarz
Karel Dobrý
Dr. Pardot Kynes
Pavel Cajzl
Sardauker Captain (2 episodes, 2000)
Did you know?
Julie Cox has worked with actor Freddie Jones in The Neverending Story III (1994). Freddie Jones played Thufir Hawat in the 1984 film adaptation. In the mini-series, Thufir Hawat is played by Jan Vlasák.
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Alice Krige turned down the role of Lady Jessica due to scheduling conflicts. She did, however accept the role in Children of Dune (2003) when Saskia Reeves proved unavailable.
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The design of the stillsuits was inspired by NASCAR cool suits, which pump chilled water through capillaries to keep its wearer from overheating (used also in Spawn (1997)).
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Just before meeting Dr. Yueh to comfort him, the concubine walks on what appears to be a marble floor, but her footsteps make loud sounds as if she on a lifted wooden floor.
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In the very beginning, when Paul dips his fingers in the bowl of water and flower petals, the water can be seen clearly moving in the bowl, even though it has not yet been touched.
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Jessica's pregnancy seems to progress and recede without any regard to chronological order.
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Duke Leto Atreides: On Caladan, we ruled with sea and air power. Here, on Arrakis, we need desert power.
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Stilgar: Sometimes it's better to miss an opportunity than to invite disaster.
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Paul Atreides: May your knife chip and shatter.
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What are the differences between the TV Version and the Director's Cut?
There are actually three cuts of the miniseries, the original TV version shown on Sci-Fi Channel in 2000, the uncensored TV version, and the Director's Cut.The Director't Cut is approximately 280 minutes in total, which is around 30 minutes longer than the original TV version and around 17 minutes longer than the uncensored TV version. A detailed comparison between the uncensored TV version and the Director's Cut can be found here.
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Photos from cast
Giancarlo Giannini