155 minutes – Sci-Fi
Festival release date: September 3, 2021 (World Premiere, Venice Film Festival) Release date: October 22, 2021
Production company: Legendary Pictures
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
In the far distant future, Duke Leto Atreides accepts stewardship of the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe, “the spice”, a drug which extends human life, provides superhuman levels of thought, and makes faster-than-light travel possible. Though Leto knows the opportunity is an intricate trap set by his enemies, he takes his Bene Gesserit concubine Lady Jessica, young son and heir Paul, and most trusted advisers to Arrakis. Leto takes control of the spice mining operation, which is made perilous by the presence of giant sandworms. A bitter betrayal leads Paul and Jessica to the Fremen, natives of Arrakis who live in the deep desert.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth, Dune is an international co-production of Canada, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States. This is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Trailer courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures. Dune is estimated to been the highest grossing film on its opening weekend, with $40.1M-US earned following its October 22, 2021 release.
At the 2022 Academy Awards®, Dune won for Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Editing, Production Design and Best Music for composer Hans Zimmer.
Also see: Dune receives 10 Academy Award nominations.