Dune

Corrected entry: The Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother arrives on Caladan to test Paul Atreidies with The Box and the Gom Jabbar, a test in which failure means death. His mother Jessica, also a Bene Gesserit, leaves the room. It seems that it isn't until she returns to the room, sees Paul alive and states 'My son lives', that she knows he has passed the test and is alive. When Arrakis is overtaken by the Harkonen, Paul and Jessica are banished to the desert. During this period Duke Leto dies and Jessica 'senses' it and becomes quite distraught. If Jessica, using her Bene Gesserit powers could sense Leto's death hundreds of miles away, why couldn't she sense whether Paul, who was only in the same building was alive or dead, but had to wait until she saw him?

Correction: Because a Reverend Mother was in the room with Paul - she could easily have been shielding the room with thought to ensure that no outside forces would interfere with the testing. According to the books, they could do that. That could easily explain why Jessica had no knowldege of the happenings in the room.

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Corrected entry: When the Freemen put out several Thumpers before the big fight, take a look at them. Some are thumping down, others are backwards and thumping up. (01:57:05)

Correction: Not really a mistake. It is mentioned that the thumpers are handmade by the Fremen. Different craftsmen use different styles.

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Corrected entry: (TV version only). At the climax, Paul demonstrates his new powers by making it rain on Arrakis. This would kill all the sand worms as water is poisonous to them and destroy the spice (the worms are vital to its creation). Since Paul's fulfilling of the prophecy relies heavily on him being able to produce and regulate the spice supply, having it rain on the planet would effectively destroy his stranglehold and ruins his chances of doing so.

Correction: Yes, but who's to say that he made it rain ALL OVER the planet? It could've simply been a brief, localized shower (around the palace region) meant to demonstrate Paul's power and that he is, in fact, the Kwisatz Haderach of prophecy. As an interesting sidenote, the Fremen were storing water to "change the face of Arrakis"... Apparently they never intended to save the sandworms or the spice (originally) - they treasure the planet itself far more.

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Continuity mistake: Depending on the version, in the final confrontation between the Emperor and the Harkonnen, and Paul and the Fremen, you can see Thufir Hawat standing in the crowd of the imperial side. After the battle between Paul and Sting he has suddenly disappeared. This is due to there being different, much longer versions of the same film. There is a 120 minute version, 180 and 190 minutes, and apparently in Singapore you can buy a 240 minute version. However, in the long versions the stains on Thufir's lips and Paul's totally blue eyes do not appear in the extra scenes: now you see it, now you don't.

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Duke Leto Atreides: I'll miss the sea, but a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

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Trivia: David Lynch was disgusted with the elongated cut of the film which includes paintings of the 'robot revolt' back story to the original film, a sub-plot he deliberately omitted. He demanded his name be removed from the credits of the film and replaced with the Director's Guild nom de plume, 'Alan Smithee'. This was done so sloppily, by superimposing Smithee's name over Lynch's, that the credit reads "A ALAN SMITHEE FILM".

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Question: Admittedly the sound on my copy of this movie is lacking somewhat but when Paul is researching Arrakis and Gurney et all enter I swear I can hear the trailer for the movie playing in the background. Am I correct on this?

Answer: No. At least, not on the DVD I have. It does play the title tune in the background, though.

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Answer: The beginning narration is playing softly, as if it's coming from whatever computer Paul was doing research on. Like he was watching a movie about the world he is living in, which is sort of odd.

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