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Dune (2000):
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John Harrison
Frank Herbert (novel)
John Harrison
Graeme Revell

Alec Newman
Matt Keeslar
Saskia Reeves
William Hurt
Jan Vlasák
James Watson
P.H. Moriarty
Robert Russell
Barbora Kodetová
Jan Unger
Jaroslava Siktankova
Karel Dobry
Giancarlo Giannini
Julie Cox
... Director
... Writer
... Writer
... Original Music by

... Paul Atreides
... Feyd Rautha
... Lady Jessica
... Leto Atreides
... Thufir Hawat
... Duncan Idaho
... Gurney Halleck
... Doctor Yueh
... Chani
... Piter De Vries
... Shadout Mapes
... Doctor Kynes
... Emperor Shaddam IV
... Princess Irulan

A miniseries has a better chance of doing justice to Herbert's story because of the added length available. Unfortunately, this miniseries doesn't separate itself from David Lynch's cinematic vision of Dune. The filmmakers expanded Princess Irulan's role. They also chose two young actors as Paul and Feyd who were too similar in appearance and not dynamic enough to set each other apart. Paul was flatly portrayed with the exception of the last hour or so when Paul finally gained some fire. Feyd really doesn't seem mad as in the book, but rather just a spoiled kid.

The film's biggest disappointment was William Hurt. His usual introspective, self-doubting characterization sucked the authority out of Duke Leto, who is a take-charge character. The standout of this film is Chani. Though Sean Young is exotic in her own right, Barbora Kodetová brought a quiet fire to Chani that grew throughout the film. Take this film's script and Lynch's cast and that would be a definitive film version of Dune.

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