David Lynch’s Dune Is Bringing Its Glorious Weirdness Back to Theaters

Kyle MacLachlan in Dune

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The excitement over Dune: Part Two’s March 1 arrival is building—so much so that other movies are trying to capitalize on it. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is returning to theaters accompanied by a special tease of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel—but first, David Lynch’s take on Dune will be getting its due.

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Fathom Events, known for its limited-run special engagements of older films, is teaming with Universal to bring the 1984 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic back to the big screen on February 18 and 19. Though Lynch’s Dune was not met with anything resembling the critical acclaim or box-office numbers of Villeneuve’s 2021 take, it has since grown to occupy a place of honor on the “this is so weird, how did it ever get made, much less released on an unsuspecting public?” list of cult-beloved classics.

Starring Kyle MacLachlan (as Paul Atreides), as well as Max Von Sydow, Linda Hunt, José Ferrer, Sting, Francesca Annis, Brad Dourif, Virginia Madsen, Sean Young, Dean Stockwell, and Patrick Stewart, Dune also features creatures by three-time Oscar winner Carlo Rambaldi (King Kong, Alien, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). As part of this limited release, Fathom Events will also be showing a vintage behind-the-scenes clip detailing the creation of Dune’s models, described by a press release as “model unit supervisor Brian Smithies explains the unique challenges of bringing the models to life on Dune, from the uncomfortable weather conditions to the crude motion control ships.”

The spice flows on the Dune re-release Sunday, February 18 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time, and Monday, February 19 at 7 p.m. local time. Find advance tickets and theater locations at the Fathom Events website.


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