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* ComingInHot: Paul crash-lands the copter in the desert after barely making it out of the DeadlyDustStorm.

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* ComingInHot: Paul crash-lands the copter thopter in the desert after barely making it out of the DeadlyDustStorm.



* ConvenientEscapeBoat: Jessica and Paul escape the Sardaukars in the desert camp via a copter waiting for them.

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* ConvenientEscapeBoat: Jessica and Paul escape the Sardaukars in the desert camp via a copter thopter waiting for them.

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* TrialByCombat: Paul has to fight James to the death in order to prove his worthiness to the Fremen.


** In the novel Dr. Yueh is stabbed by Piter de Vries in the back at the Barron's nod, and has time for a few last spiteful words. In the movie the Baron himself beheads Dr. Yueh.

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** In the novel Dr. Yueh is stabbed by Piter de Vries in the back at the Barron's Baron's nod, and has time for a few last spiteful words. In the movie the Baron himself beheads Dr. Yueh.

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* DiesDifferentlyInAdaptation:
** In the novel Dr. Yueh is stabbed by Piter de Vries in the back at the Barron's nod, and has time for a few last spiteful words. In the movie the Baron himself beheads Dr. Yueh.
** In the novel Dr. Kynes is left to die in the deep desert without a stillsuit by the Harkonnens, and he's caught in a naturally-occurring spice explosion while ruminating in his delerium. In the movie, she's mortally wounded by Sardaukar pursuing Paul and Jessica while she's calling a sandworm to ride, and she pounds on the sand to summon it faster and lets herself and them be consumed by it.


* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Harkonnens gain back control of Arraki, kill Duke Leto and wipe out House Atreides, but Paul and Jessica get away and join up with the Fremen, the Baron is almost killed by poison gas and is left severely weakened, and the Harkonnens are now caught in the same trap that the Atreides were, trying to produce enough spice to satisfy the Emperor at the risk of his ''severe'' displeasure.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Harkonnens gain back control of Arraki, Arrakis, kill Duke Leto and wipe out House Atreides, but Paul and Jessica get away and join up with the Fremen, the Baron is almost killed by poison gas and is left severely weakened, and the Harkonnens are now caught in the same trap that the Atreides were, trying to produce enough spice to satisfy the Emperor at the risk of his ''severe'' displeasure.]]

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* BaseOnWheels: The Spice Harvesters from both House Atreides and Harkkonen are extremely large landships that act - as their name implies - mobile harvesting vehicles to collect and process the lucrative spice. They require over a dozen crew to function and rely on worm spotting aircraft to detect any nearby Shai-Hulud for an evacuation.


* PyrrhicVillainy: [[spoiler:The Harkonnens gain back control of Arraki, kill Duke Leto and wipe out House Atreides, but Paul and Jessica get away and join up with the Fremen, the Baron is almost killed by poison gas and is left severely weakened, and the Harkonnens are now caught in the same trap that the Atreides were, trying to produce enough spice to satisfy the Emperor at the risk of his ''severe'' displeasure.]]

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* PyrrhicVillainy: PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:The Harkonnens gain back control of Arraki, kill Duke Leto and wipe out House Atreides, but Paul and Jessica get away and join up with the Fremen, the Baron is almost killed by poison gas and is left severely weakened, and the Harkonnens are now caught in the same trap that the Atreides were, trying to produce enough spice to satisfy the Emperor at the risk of his ''severe'' displeasure.]]


* ThirstyDesert: While this is nothing new to the franchise, the aspect of how arid and dry Arrakis is [[UpToEleven exemplified upon in great detail]]. What makes Arrakis more alien in this adaptation is how the three other worlds in the movie all have abundant amounts of water (Caladan [[{{Arcadia}} has vast oceans and lust vegetation]], Salusa Secundus[[PerpetualStorm is hit with heavy rain]], Geidi Prime [[ExcessiveSteamSyndrome has constant humidity leaking everywhere]]), Arrakis has none of those things. The planet is very, ''extremely dry'', and water is valued as more precious than gold. It further drives [[DeathWorld just how inhospitable Arrakis really is]].

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* ThirstyDesert: While this is nothing new to the franchise, the aspect of how arid and dry Arrakis is [[UpToEleven exemplified upon in great detail]].detail. What makes Arrakis more alien in this adaptation is how the three other worlds in the movie all have abundant amounts of water (Caladan [[{{Arcadia}} has vast oceans and lust vegetation]], Salusa Secundus[[PerpetualStorm is hit with heavy rain]], Geidi Prime [[ExcessiveSteamSyndrome has constant humidity leaking everywhere]]), Arrakis has none of those things. The planet is very, ''extremely dry'', and water is valued as more precious than gold. It further drives [[DeathWorld just how inhospitable Arrakis really is]].

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* {{Conlang}}: Creator/DavidJPeterson did the conlanging for the film, including Chakobsa, Sardaukar, and House Atreides' sign language


*** Stilgar also gets a minor one during the duel when he asks Jessica if Paul is toying with Jamis...only to learn that Paul's actually hesitating because he's never killed a man before. Stilgar's reaction can be interpreted multiple ways (shock that someone who's never spilled blood is dominating one of his best fighters, horror at having thrust this boy into a situation where, even if he wins, he'll never be the same...and finally perhaps realization that Paul is fullfilling one of the terms of the Freman's messianic legends.]]

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*** Stilgar also gets a minor one during the duel when he asks Jessica if Paul is toying with Jamis...only to learn that Paul's actually hesitating because he's never killed a man before. Stilgar's reaction can be interpreted multiple ways (shock that someone who's never spilled blood is dominating one of his best fighters, horror at having thrust this boy into a life-or-death situation where, even if he Paul wins, he'll never be the same...and finally perhaps realization that Paul is fullfilling one of the terms of the Freman's messianic legends.]]


** Duncan's debriefing with Leto on his hunt for the Fremen and becoming accepted by them. Duncan recounts the Fremen warrior who was sent out to kill him. Duncan starts to discuss the details of the duel, then hesitates, and hurriedly ends by saying he's never come that close to dying. Initially, it seems that even the Ginaz Swordmaster was spooked by the martial skills and ferocity of the Fremen. [[spoiler: It's only later during Paul's duel with Jamis that it becomes clear ''why'' Duncan was uncomfortable recounting the duel: Because to pass the rest and be accepted by Stilgar and his people, Duncan had to kill the Fremen warrior -- just as Paul now has to kill Jamis.]]

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** Duncan's debriefing with Leto on his hunt for the Fremen and becoming accepted by them. Duncan recounts the Fremen warrior who was sent out to kill him. Duncan starts to discuss the details of the duel, then hesitates, and hurriedly ends by saying he's never come that close to dying. Initially, it seems that even the Ginaz Swordmaster was spooked by the martial skills and ferocity of the Fremen. [[spoiler: It's only later during Paul's duel with Jamis that it becomes clear ''why'' Duncan was uncomfortable recounting the duel: Because to To pass the rest test and be accepted by Stilgar and his people, Duncan had ''had'' to kill the Fremen warrior -- just as Paul now has no choice but to kill Jamis.]]


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted when Piter realizes the Baron [[spoiler: lied to Mohiam and intends to defy the Bene Gesserit's orders to spare Paul and Jessica. Oh, Piter's dismayed...but not out of any concern for Paul and his mother's lives. Rather, Piter's alarmed that his liege is prepared to make an enemy of the Reverend Mother herself, let alone the entire Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, just to get Leto and his family. However, Piter's concerns are (more or less) ameliorated once the Baron explains the loophole in his [[ExactWords pledge]] to Mohiam.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted when Piter realizes the Baron [[spoiler: lied to Mohiam and intends to defy the Bene Gesserit's orders to spare Paul and Jessica. Oh, Piter's dismayed...but not out of any concern for Paul and his mother's lives. Rather, Piter's alarmed that his liege is prepared to make an enemy of the Reverend Mother herself, let alone the entire Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, just to get Leto and his family. However, Piter's concerns are (more or less) ameliorated once the Baron explains the loophole in he carefully inserted into his [[ExactWords pledge]] to Mohiam.]]


** [[spoiler: The Baron's plan to strand Jessica and Paul in the desert after the massacre. As Jessica's a Bene Gesserit, his soldiers are careful to gag her to prevent her from using the Voice. However, the plan fails because the Baron ''didn't'' know Jessica had been instructing Paul in the Sisterhood's arts (against Bene Geserit rules), or that he'd be able to (more or less) finally use the Voice himself [[CrisisMakesPerfect when it mattered most]]. It can also be justified in-story as Yueh seemingly did ''not'' pass on what intel he saw about Paul's Bene Gesserit instructions to the Harkonnens.]]
** Once Lyet Kynes [[spoiler: defects and sides with Paul and Jessica, the plan is for her to contact the Landsraad and expose Shaddam's betrayal and House Harkonnen's complicity (which will allow the House Atreides survivors to rally politicla and military support). Unfortunately, Kynes is ambushed by the Sardaukar before she can leave the Botanical Testing Station. With Paul subsequently choosing to remain on Arakkis rather than flee offworld, the Landsraad is left in the dark about what really happened on Arakis and to House Atreides.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Baron's plan to strand Jessica and Paul in the desert after the massacre. As Jessica's a Bene Gesserit, his soldiers are careful to gag her to prevent her from using the Voice. However, the plan fails because the Baron ''didn't'' know Jessica had been instructing Paul in the Sisterhood's arts (against Bene Geserit rules), or that he'd be able to (more or less) finally use the Voice himself [[CrisisMakesPerfect when it mattered most]]. It can also be justified in-story as Yueh seemingly did ''not'' pass on what intel he saw about Paul's Bene Gesserit instructions abilities to the Harkonnens.]]
*** The earlier assassination attempt on Paul also fails for similiar reasons: [[spoiler: As the Baron didn't know about Paul's home schooling in the Bene Geserit arts, the Harkonnen assassin had no way of knowing that the Atreides heir's reflexes had been honed to the point where he could move faster than a Hunter-Seeker. Since the operative kills himself to prevent being taken alive by Thufir, the Baron doesn't learn ''why'' the assassination failed (and again, presumably Yueh did not pass on his suspicions or intel to Geidi Prime.]]
** Once Lyet Kynes [[spoiler: defects and sides with Paul and Jessica, the plan is for her to contact the Landsraad and expose Shaddam's betrayal and House Harkonnen's complicity (which complicity. Doing so will allow the House Atreides survivors to rally politicla political and military support). support against the Emperor. Unfortunately, Kynes is ambushed by the Sardaukar before she can leave the Botanical Testing Station. Ecological station. With Paul subsequently choosing to remain on Arakkis rather than flee offworld, the Landsraad is thus left in the dark about what really happened on Arakis and to House Atreides.Arakis.]]


** When the Herald of the Change arrives on Caladan, Thufir uses his Mentat abilities to calculate the astronomical travel cost for this bit of Imperial pomp and pageantry. [[spoiler: This calculation pays off towards the end of Part One where the Baron reveals to Rabban the financial cost of launching a full military strike on Arakkis unsurprisingly turns out to be ''far'' more expensive than a bit of political theater. It's basically left House Harkonnen broke.]]

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** When the Herald of the Change arrives on Caladan, Thufir uses his Mentat abilities to calculate the astronomical estimated travel cost for this the Emperor's delegation. It turns out to be a very expensive bit of Imperial pomp and pageantry. pageantry, thus establishing that Spacing Guild travel ''ain't'' cheap. [[spoiler: This calculation pays off plot point comes back into play towards the end of Part One where the Baron reveals to Rabban the rough financial cost of launching a full military strike on Arakkis unsurprisingly Arakkis. Unsurprisingly, it turns out to be a ''far'' more expensive bill than a bit of the Herald's political theater. It's basically theater and the entire operation has thus essentially left House Harkonnen completley broke.]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: A varitation with Duncan when he's recounting his time with the Fremen to Leto, Paul, and company. [[spoiler: While Duncan recounts the duel with the Fremen Warrior, he omits that he had to kill the Warrior in order to be accepted by Stilgar and his people. This nearly ends up biting Paul in the ass during his duel with Jamis in the climax. Paul (who's never killed another man) doesn't initially realize he ''has'' to kill Jamis for him and his mother to receive the same welcome that Duncan got.]]

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