Frank Herbert’s mammoth cult novel, about the competition in the year 10,991 between two warring families for control of Dune – a barren planet renowned for its life-prolonging and 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 (pictured at right).
Piter De Vries
Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV
Reverend Mother Ramallo
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Duke Leto Atreides
Dr Wellington Yueh
Max von Sydow