Dune is the timeless epic.
In the year 10191, a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis.
A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens.
However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their freedom, it is up to Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), Leto’s son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice.
Year: 1984 – 2003
Series: 3 movies
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Dune is in the distant future, where the known universe is ruled by Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV.
The most important substance in the empire is the drug known as melange or “the spice”.
It has many special properties, such as extending life and expanding consciousness.
The most profitable and important of its properties is its ability to assist the Spacing Guild with folding space, which allows safe, instantaneous interstellar travel.
Sensing a potential threat to spice production, the Spacing Guild sends an emissary to demand an explanation from the Emperor, who confidentially shares his plans to destroy House Atreides.
The popularity of Duke Leto Atreides has grown through the empire, and he is suspected to be amassing a secret army equipped with sonic-based weapons, which Emperor Shaddam sees as a potential threat to his rule.
Shaddam’s plan is to give House Atreides control of the planet Arrakis (also known as Dune), the only source of spice.
Once installed on Arrakis, he intends to have them ambushed by their longtime archenemies, the Harkonnens, with assistance from the Emperor’s elite troops, the Sardaukar.
The Guild Navigator also commands the Emperor to kill Duke Leto’s son, Paul Atreides, a young man who dreams prophetic visions of his purpose.
The execution order draws the attention of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, as Paul is tied to its centuries-long Bene Gesserit breeding program which seeks to produce the universe’s superbeing, the Kwisatz Haderach.
Before he leaves for Arrakis, Paul is tested by the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam by being forced to place his hand in a box which induces excruciating pain.
To her surprise, he passes the test to Mohiam’s satisfaction.