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Encyclopedia > Dune (TV miniseries)
Frank Herbert's Dune
Directed by John Harrison
Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein
Mitchell Galin
Written by Frank Herbert (novel)
John Harrison
Starring William Hurt
Alec Newman
Saskia Reeves
Ian McNeice
Julie Cox
Giancarlo Giannini
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Release date(s) December 3, 2000
Running time 265 min.
Language English
Followed by Children of Dune
IMDb profile

Frank Herbert's Dune was a three-part miniseries based on the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. It was produced by New Amsterdam Entertainment in association with Blixa Film Productktion and Hallmark Entertainment Distribution, and broadcast by the Sci Fi Channel. Written and directed by John Harrison, the series was first broadcast in the USA on December 3, 2000 before being released on home DVD. The miniseries and its sequel were two of the three highest-rated programs ever to be broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel [1]. Image File history File links Dune-miniseries. ... John Harrison is a writer, director, producer and music composer. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... John Harrison is a writer, director, producer and music composer. ... William Hurt in Lost in Space. ... Alec Newman is a UK theater and television actor. ... British Actress; Dune (2000) Mini-series, Close My Eyes (1991). ... McNeice as Vladimir Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries Ian McNeice (born October 2, 1950 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK) is an internationally known English television and movie actor. ... Julie Cox in Dune miniseries Julie Cox is a English actress. ... Giancarlo Giannini as Emperor Shaddam IV in the Dune miniseries Giancarlo Giannini (born August 1, 1942, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy) is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor and dubber. ... Vittorio Storaro (born 24 June 1940 in Rome, Italy) is a Italian cinematographer. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Children of Dune was the sequel to the 2000 Dune miniseries produced by the United States Sci Fi channel. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Dune is a science fiction novel written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965. ... Frank Patrick Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. ... The Hallmark Channel is a cable television network that broadcasts in over 100 countries. ... SCI FI (sometimes rendered Sci-Fi when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... John Harrison is a writer, director, producer and music composer. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Adaptation

Director John Harrison claims that his film adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel was a "faithful interpretation,"[2] in which any changes he made served to suggest what Herbert had explained subtly or not at all. The miniseries introduces elements not found in Herbert's novel, but as Harrison claims, it is usually to elaborate rather than to edit. Harrison's television adaptation and David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation both depart from the content of the novel, but Harrison's treatment of Herbert's thematic and philosophical content is usually compared favorably to the 1984 film. The miniseries preserved many elements of the 1984 film's visual feel in its costume, set and creature design. For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dune is a 1984 science fiction film directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ...


Main Cast

Actor Role
William Hurt Duke Leto Atreides I
Alec Newman Paul Atreides/Muad'Dib
Saskia Reeves Lady Jessica
Ian McNeice Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
Julie Cox Princess Irulan Corrino
Giancarlo Giannini Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV
Barbora Kodetová Chani (credited as Barbara Kodetová)
Zuzana Geislerová Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam
Jan Vlasák Thufir Hawat
P.H. Moriarty Gurney Halleck
Robert Russell Dr. Yueh
Matt Keeslar Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen
László I. Kish Glossu Rabban (credited as Laszlo Imre Kish)
James Watson Duncan Idaho
Uwe Ochsenknecht Stilgar
Jan Unger Piter De Vries
Laura Burton Alia Atreides
Miroslav Táborský Count Hasimir Fenring
Jaroslava Siktancova Shadout Mapes
Jakob Schwarz Otheym
Christopher Lee Brown Jamis

William Hurt in Lost in Space. ... Duke Leto Atreides, portrayed by William Hurt in the Dune miniseries Leto Atreides I is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Alec Newman is a UK theater and television actor. ... Paul Atreides, as portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan in David Lynchs Dune (1985), wielding the infamous Weirding Module. Paul Orestes Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... MuadDib is the name of two fictional entities within the realm of Frank Herberts Dune. ... British Actress; Dune (2000) Mini-series, Close My Eyes (1991). ... Lady Jessica Atreides, portrayed by Saskia Reeves in the Dune miniseries Jessica Atreides is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... McNeice as Vladimir Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries Ian McNeice (born October 2, 1950 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK) is an internationally known English television and movie actor. ... Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, portrayed by Ian McNeice in the Sci-Fi Channels Dune miniseries The Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Julie Cox in Dune miniseries Julie Cox is a English actress. ... Julie Cox as Princess Irulan in the miniseries Frank Herberts Dune. ... Giancarlo Giannini as Emperor Shaddam IV in the Dune miniseries Giancarlo Giannini (born August 1, 1942, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy) is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor and dubber. ... Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by Giancarlo Giannini in the Dune miniseries The Padishah Emperor was the title of the hereditary rulers of the Padishah Empire in Frank Herberts fictional Dune universe. ... Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV, portrayed by José Ferrer in Dune (1984) Shaddam Corrino IV is a character in the fictional Dune universe of Frank Herbert. ... Barbora Kodetová is a Czech actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Paul Atreides concubine Chani in the 2000 television miniseries Frank Herberts Dune and its 2003 sequel, Children of Dune. ... Chani (short for Chanisihayah) is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts science fiction Dune universe. ... Zuzana Geislerová as Reverend Mother Mohiam in the Dune miniseries Zuzana Geislerová is an actress best known to US audiences for her role as the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in the Sci Fi channels Dune miniseries and its follow-up, Children of Dune. ... A Reverend Mother is a fictional character appearing in the novel Dune, being a Bene Gesserit woman who has finished her training. ... Gaius Helen Mohiam is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Freddie Jones in the 1984 movie Thufir Hawat, portrayed by Jan Vlasák in the Dune miniseries Thufir Hawat is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Gurney Halleck is a fictional soldier in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Bob Russell may refer to: Bob Russell (politician), the British Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester. ... Dr. Wellington Yueh, portrayed by Robert Russell in the Dune miniseries - Baron Vladimir Harkonnen Dr. Wellington Yueh is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Matt Keeslar in the mini-series Stephen Kings Rose Red Matt Keeslar (born October 15, 1972 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American actor. ... Feyd-Rautha portrayed by Matt Keeslar in the Dune miniseries Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen is a key character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... Glossu Rabban, portrayed by Laslo Imre Kisch in the Dune miniseries Glossu Rabban (nickname The Beast) was a minor character in the science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. ... There is more than one person with the name James Watson: James Watson, participant in the Battle of the Little Bighorn James Watson, author of the novel Talking in Whispers James Watson, U.S. Senator from New York (1797-1801) James Watson, painter of 77 portraits held by the U... James Watson as Duncan Idaho in the Dune miniseries Duncan Idaho is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Uwe Adam Ochsenknecht (born January 7, 1956 in Mannheim is a German actor and singer. ... Stilgar is a fictional character featured in Frank Herberts Dune universe. ... Piter De Vries is a fictional character from Frank Herberts Dune science fiction series. ... Alia Atreides, portayed by Daniela Amavia in the Children of Dune miniseries. ... Miroslav Táborský (born 9 November 1959, in Prague, Czech Republic) is a notable Czech actor who has appeared in multiple Czech TV series, as well as in some American movies. ... Hasimir Fenring is a fictional character in the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The following is a comprehensive list of Fremen from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The following is a comprehensive list of Fremen from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... The following is a comprehensive list of Fremen from the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ...

Departures from the novel

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Alec Newman portrays Paul Atreides as emotionally immature at the start of the film, whereas in Herbert's novel, Paul is mature beyond his years throughout the narrative. In the book, Paul was 15-18 years old, but Harrison aged the character to 18-22 in order to increase the quality of the acting for this crucial role [3].


The miniseries invented an extensive subplot for Princess Irulan, a character who played little part in the plot of the first novel. Harrison felt the need to expand Irulan's role because she played such an important part in later books, and epigraphs from her later writings opened each chapter of Dune. Additionally, the character gave him a window into House Corrino[4]. Besides the final scene, the only one of Irulan's appearances based on an actual excerpt from the novel is her visit to Feyd-Rautha. However, in the book it is a different Bene Gesserit, Margot Fenring, who visits the Harkonnen heir, on assignment from the Bene Gesserit to "preserve the bloodline" by retrieving his genetic material (through conception) for their breeding program. The miniseries does not suggest this as Irulan's motive. In literature, an epigraph is a quotation that is placed at the start of a work or section that expresses in some succinct way an aspect or theme of what is to follow. ... Emperor Frederick Corrino IV, played by Adrian Sparks, seated on the Golden Lion Throne (as seen in the computer game Dune 2000 by Westwood Studios) For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Corrino. ... Lady Margot Fenring is a fictional character from the Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. ... Emblem of House Harkonnen from Emperor: Battle for Dune For the novel of the same name, see Dune: House Harkonnen. ... The Bene Gesserit (as seen in the prologue of an alternate version of the David Lynch Dune film. ...


The miniseries implemented several stylistic changes. For example, Herbert's ornithopters were described birdlike, but the miniseries' used ornithopters more closely resembled insects. The look of the spice-addicted characters' eyes was changed from Herbert's "blue within blue" to an internally luminous appearance. Look up Melange in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Sequel

A follow-up miniseries called Frank Herbert's Children of Dune continued the story in 2003, adapting the second and third novels in the series (Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.) A Director's Cut edition of the mini-series is available on DVD, which contains many additional scenes not in the original televised version. The original televised version is also available. Children of Dune was the sequel to the 2000 Dune miniseries produced by the United States Sci Fi channel. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dune Messiah Dune Messiah is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the second in a series of six novels. ... Children of Dune Children of Dune is a science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, third in a series of six novels set in the Dune universe. ... DVD (commonly known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Awards

The miniseries won two Emmy Awards in 2001 for Cinematography and Visual effects in a miniseries/movie, as well as being nominated for a third for Sound editing. An Emmy Award. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cinematography [Greek: kine (movement) and graphos (writing)], is the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for the cinema. ... The Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects has been a category for television shows, mini-series, and TV movies since 1984. ... A sound editor is a creative professional responsible for selecting and assembling sound recordings in preparation for the final sound mixing or mastering of a television program or motion picture. ...


Behind the scenes

Harrison has stated in interviews that actress Alice Krige was his first choice to play Jessica, but she was unavailable and Reeves won the role. Krige would later play the role in the sequel miniseries when Reeves was unavailable. Alice Krige as Lady Jessica in the Children of Dune miniseries Alice Maud Krige (born June 28, 1954 in Upington, South Africa) is an actress best known for her role in the Star Trek series as the Borg Queen. ...


Julie Cox's narration at the beginning and end of the miniseries reflects Irulan's later role as historian of the Atreides empire.


The miniseries was shot in Univisium (2:1) aspect ratio, although it was broadcast in 16:9. The Univisium 3-perf film proposed format frame. ... The aspect ratio of an image is its displayed width divided by its height (usually expressed as x:y or x×y, with the joining colon or multiplication symbol articulated as the preposition by or sometimes to). For instance, the aspect ratio of a traditional television screen is 4:3...


References

  1. ^ Kevin J. Anderson Interview ~ DigitalWebbing.com
  2. ^ "DUNE: Remaking the Classic Novel" ~ Cinescape.com
  3. ^ SciFi.com ~ Ask John Harrison
  4. ^ "DUNE: Remaking the Classic Novel" ~ Cinescape.com

External links

  • Official Dune miniseries site @ SciFi.com
  • Dune miniseries at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official Dune novels website
  • The SadGeezer's Guide to Dune Episode, character, culture and technology guides and resources

 
 

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