2021s Dune — Movie Structure

A lucky group of audience have managed to already see Dune as part of a testing group. Allegedly. However, this film was likely incomplete. Even then, the review score was pretty high and this was from an audience who had no familiarity in the Duniverse. The following will group the scenes of the movie based on the script and compare it against the unconfirmed screening.

Warner Bros, please don’t take this article. I am merely advertising the movie. For no extra charge. And don’t worry about spoilers: It’s based on a 1965 book which was adapted into a 1984 film and later a 2000 miniseries. The film structure is practically identical to the miniseries. The story is already out there! The reason Blade Runner 2049 was domestically unsuccessful was because of a botched marketing campaign. Over here, this analysis will entice people to come out and be familiar with Dune. This in turn will encourage people to watch the complex film, which is not easily digestible in the first place as it’s primarily designed for mature audiences! And boom: Profits!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to be spoiled, there is always the introductory article. This article also includes relevant affiliated links.

Without further ado:


  • Narration was replace by text in the tested cut — Scene currently incomplete?


  • It’s Duncan Idaho.
  • Title: Dune


  • A spaceship lands on a rainy Caladan.
  • Bene Gesserits arrive.


  • Lady Jessica wakes him up.
  • He gets dressed and ready to leave.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson)


  • Lady Jessica stays outside and guards the door.
  • “What’s in the Box” — Gom Jabbar.
  • Helen Mohiam hints Paul that Arrakis is a deathtrap.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson)
Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson)
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) & Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam (Charlotte Rampling) — Empire Magazine


  • Mohiam leaves in a shuttle.
  • Looks like rain.
  • Paul confronts Jessica.


  • Talks with Thufir Hawat.


  • Gurney also plays a Balliset — This was not present in the tested cut.
  • Paul also trains with Jessica.
Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin)


  • Harkonnen household introduced.
  • Conspiracy unveiled.


  • Authority of the Emperor explained.
  • Leto recognises foul-play of the deportation.


  • Jessica becomes tearful.


  • Atreides land on Arrakis.
  • The crowd shouts “Lisan Al-Ghaib” to Jessica and Paul.
  • Missionaria Protectiva explained to Paul by Jessica.
  • She translate a text from Arabesque calligraphy.
Atreides Landing on Arrakis


  • Some mummified remains remain.
  • Leto orders the takedown of crosses.


  • Paul and Jessica exit the ornithopter next to the date palm stands.
  • People refer to Paul as ‘Mahdi’ — An Arabic term based on Islamic prophecy.


  • Paul looks at a Sandworm mural.
  • Paul enters a bedroom. Thufir joins in (no homo).
  • Dr Yeuh also enters and handles Paul the Orange Catholic Bible.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet)


  • Talks with Lady Jessica in Chakobsa.
  • Crysknife accidentally revealed.
  • Jessica marks the chest of Mapes with the knife.


  • Him and Gurney discuss Duncan Idaho’s whereabouts.
Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin)


  • Paul sees a mouse.
  • He comes across the hunter-seeker.
  • Shadout Mapes enters.


  • Dead culprit is found.
  • Suspected as a Harkonnen agent.
  • A mashup of Mentat interlocking conversations of Thufir and Pieter.


  • He is celebrated for his survival.
  • Spice is discussed.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), Thufir Hawat (Stephen McKinley Henderson) Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac), Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa), Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) and Stilgar (Javier Bardem)


  • Kynes is discussed.


Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa)


  • They stare at the date palms.


  • Atreides get ready to travel into the desert.
Liet Kynes (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin)


  • Jessica reassures him.


  • Spice harvesters rescued.
  • Paul has a dream of a little Fremen girl — Alia?
  • She stands next to the Baron — “I’m sorry, Grandfather”.
  • Sandworm erupts and swallows the entire harvesting facility.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin)


  • They plan a surprise attack on the Harkonnen homeworld.


  • He is touched by Shadout Mapes.
  • Sardaukars being trained in Salusa Secundus.
  • They are marked with bowls of blood.
  • Blood arrives from the sliced throats of crucified prisoners.
  • Piter requests three battalions.
Sardaukar Soldiers


  • Dr Yeuh provides Leto a white pill.
  • Jessica relaxes Leto.


  • Leto discusses the future of House Atreides with Paul.
  • He suggests an alliance with the Fremen.


  • Leto and Jessica walk together.
  • A few girls flirt with Paul. They’ve never heard of “swimming” before.
Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson)


  • Dr Yeuh enters and gives a pink sleeping pill.


  • They share a whiskey bottle.
  • Leto and Jessica sleep.


  • Paul dreams of the woman again.


  • He identifies a signal.
  • He shouts security, but no answer.
  • He is warned by a dying Shadout Mapes.
Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) touched by Shadout Mapes


  • Dr Yeuh was the culprit.
  • Harkonnens enter onto the streets.


  • It’s a trap.
  • He fights Harkonnens and Saurdakars.
Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin)


  • He gives him a fake teeth to kill the Baron.
  • He reassures that his family will be assisted.


  • He kills another one in the hallway.
  • He fights another two on the staircase.
  • He jumps off the roof.
  • He kills another one on the street and steals his ship.
  • He flies away.
Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa)
Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa)


  • Baron is talking to her.
  • She discovers the source of the treachery.
  • Paul joins in. In being tied.


  • Paul and Jessica are taken into the desert via an ornithopter.
  • Jedi Mind Trick.
  • They escape.
  • Paul and Jessica land and walk in the desert



  • The naked Duke is still paralysed.
  • The Baron brutally decapitates Dr Yeuh with the blood splattering on the nearby servants who dare not move — In the test screening, there was no beheading. The throat was slashed.
  • Baron refers to the Butlerian Jihad as the ‘Great Revolt’ and it appears to be in relation to the prequel book “Dune: The Battle of Corrin”.
  • Leto bites his fake teeth and release a gas.


  • They find a written message of Dr Yeuh saying Leto is now dead.
  • Jessica sobs.
  • Paul sees vision of a jihad. — In the trailer, Paul says “There is a crusade coming”. Let’s hope this isn’t a replacement of the Arabic word which is used in this scene and used more often in the books.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet)


  • Baron slowly starts to move.
  • Rabban finds him and tries to revive him.


  • Paul and Jessica sleep in a tent.


  • Paul and Jessica spot the smoke from Arrakeen’s destruction.
  • Duncan finds and rescues them.
  • They meet with Dr Kynes.


  • Shamir does a coffee service.
  • Paul and Kynes exchange loyalty.


  • Duncan Idaho kills a bunch of them too.
  • Paul and Jessica escape via an ornithopter as Duncan dies.
  • Kynes stays behind.
Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa)
Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet)


  • He follows Kynes with the bloody blade.
  • They both get swallowed by a sandworm.


  • They fly into a storm.
Ornithopter Inside the Dust Storm


  • A slave boy and girl in revealing outfits tend to the Baron.
  • Baron and Rabban discuss the deaths of Paul and Jessica.


  • They are ambushed and his men have fallen in combat.
  • Lanville is captured and will return in part II fighting Feyd (God Willing).


  • The Baron floats naked (aside from suspensors) and talks to Rabban.
  • “Kill them”.
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård)


  • They glide out of the storm and crash land.
  • Paul and Jessica take off their clothing to put on the stillsuits.
  • They head for a greenery.


  • Baron says that the Lady Jessica was the traitor.
  • He replaces Piter’s position.
  • Elsewhere, Gurney goes back to smuggling.


  • Sandworm arrives any way.
  • They run to the rock and see the sandworm.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson)


  • They meet Fremen, one of them being Stilgar.
  • He tries to kill Jessica, but is outmaneuvered.
  • He finally meets Chani, the girl of his constant visions.
Stilgar (Javier Bardem)


  • He asks Jessica to take her title.


  • Jamis challenges Paul.
  • Paul explains to Chani his versions of her.
  • She advises Paul on how to kill Jamis.
  • Paul stabs Jamis under his ribs and into his heart.
  • Paul gives water to the dead.
  • Proclamation of Paul as Usul & Muad’dib.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Jamis (Babs Olusanmokun)

[This is the point where the film ends in the test screening]


  • Paul and Jessica see sandworm riders for the first time.
  • Stilgar explains they are the first outsiders to bear witness.


  • Reverend Mother Ramallo meets Jessica in Chakobsa (subtitled).
  • The crowd refers to Paul as “Mahdi”.
  • A religious excitement begins.
  • Ramallo makes a ceremonial speech.
  • Chani gives Jessica the “water of life”.
  • Jessica attempts to counteract the poison.
  • Ramallo discovers Jessica is actually pregnant.
  • After, the Fremen drink the water together.


  • Chani takes Paul across a cavern.
  • The spice orgy is witnessed. Some Fremen are in a trance, whilst others are behaving erotically.
  • Ramallo finally collapses and she is touched by a dozen Fremen.
Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) and Chani (Zendaya)


  • Paul wakes up and kisses Chani.
  • Paul sees another visions. This time exclusively of Chani. And of a childbirth.
  • Chani and Paul engage in lovemaking.
Chani (Zendaya)


DUNE Movie Test Screening Reactions & Reviews!

Update (08/01/2021 22:42 GMT) — Updated affiliated links. Also, Dune was certified PG-13, so this movie will likely not have the mature elements of the script as of this writing.

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