Dune script
Dune (1984)
Synopsis: Dune is a 1984 American epic science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch, based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan as young nobleman Paul Atreides, and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City and included a soundtrack by the rock band Toto and Brian Eno.

1. ARRAKIS - A SCENE FROM SPACE

Also known as DUNE, home of the Fremen, former

Zenzunni wanderers.

1A. INT. ROCK LEDGE - SIETCH TABR - NIGHT

BLACK:

FADE IN to the dark eyes of the mysterious face of

the REVEREND MOTHER RAMALLO, who sits against smooth

black rock. Her eyes are deep blue-within-blue and

her skin is a haunting translucent white. Her voice

ECHOES as if in a great cavern.

REVEREND MOTHER RAMALLO

We are the secret of the Universe.

RESPONSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND VOICES

Bi-la kaifa.

REVEREND MOTHER RAMALLO

We are the secret of the Universe. We know

of spice...the spice called melange...the

greatest treasure in the Universe. It

exists on only one planet - ours Arrakis,

Dune. We know of spice and the Bene

Gesserit sisterhood's selective breeding

plan of ninety generations to produce the

Kwisatz Haderach, the one the spice will

awaken.

RESPONSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND VOICES

Bi-la kaifa.

REVEREND MOTHER RAMALLO

And now the prophecy...

Silence...then a powerful low organ NOTE resounding

in the cavernous space.

REVEREND MOTHER RAMALLO (CONT'D)

He will come...the voice from the outer

world, bringing the holy war, the Jihad,

which will cleanse the Universe and bring

us out of darkness. He will have been born

of a Bene Gesserit mother.

--

The Reverend Mother continues speaking of the

Prophecy, but we do not hear it. The huge wind organ

BLOWS louder and louder, obscuring her voice.

The picture FADES.

1B. KAITAIN - A SCENE FROM SPACE

Home planet of House Corrino and Shadam IV, Emperor

of the known universe.

2. INT. DROP - NIGHT

FADE IN to:

...interior of one drop of water. The image changes

subtly.

2A. EXT. - DROP - NIGHT

PULL BACK to a shot revealing the outside of the

drop. There is a distant ROARING and within the drop

we can see the distorted image of a space ship

landing on a sophisticated landing field.

3. (Deleted)

3A. EXT. LANDING FIELD - EMPEROR'S PALACE - NIGHT

On the dark landing field, chemicals spill out of

the ship in troughs and tank-suited Guildsmen begin

to swarm out of a hatch opening.

4. through 6. (Deleted)

7. INT. THRONE ROOM - EMPEROR'S PALACE - NIGHT

The EMPEROR is surrounded by crowds of COURTIERS in

his Throne Room.

Suddenly a GUARD enters from a small door and

quickly crosses to ANOTHER GUARD. A warning SOUND

begins. The Emperor turns nervously. Guards quickly

begin to clear the large room. Several women are

rushed toward us to a door beyond. One of the woman,

IRULAN, stops and turns back for a worried, caring

look to her father, the Emperor.

IRULAN:

Father.

--

EMPEROR:

Irulan.

She sees that SARDAUKAR OFFICERS are surrounding him

now, speaking to him. Irulan turns and leaves. The

Emperor moves away from his officers to the center

of the now-empty room. He drops his golden robe from

his shoulders. He stands in his elegant black

uniform, thinking.

The Reverend Mother is ushered in and the Sardaukar

Officers leave her alone with the Emperor.

EMPEROR:

(quickly)

A Third Stage Guild Navigator will be here

within minutes!

REVEREND MOTHER:

We felt his presence.

EMPEROR:

I shall want telepathy during his visit

and a report when we're finished.

REVEREND MOTHER:

Their minds are so.... They move in

strange directions....

EMPEROR:

Yes?

REVEREND MOTHER:

Forced spice evolution of humans changes

many things.... I must sit close to him.

EMPEROR:

He will not permit anyone but me to see

him. You must be outside this room.... Do

what you can.

REVEREND MOTHER:

I am your Truthsayer, my lord...

(sensing something outside the room)

He is here, my lord.

Under the carved inscription "Law is the Ultimate

Science", the doors to the Emperor's chambers slide

open and FIFTY GUILDSMEN wheel in a forty-foot long

giant black box. One of the Guildsmen addresses the

Emperor through a translating device.

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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences. more…

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