What's the Difference between Dune the Book and Dune the Movie?

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Released: 1965
Author: Frank Herbert


Released: 1984
Director: someone...
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Paul Atreides
Paul Atreides
Portrayed by: Kyle MacLachlan
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In the Book In the Movie
   Atreides Mentat Thufir Hawat is captured and poisioned. He is given a daily antidote that is hidden in his food so he will die if he attempts to escape. He knows he must take the antidote daily, and he gets it by milking a cat.
   Paul has no super powers. Paul has the ability to make it rain on the desert planet Arrakis.
   Paul Atreides is 14 years old in the beginning of the book and called small for his age. Paul is portrayed by the 25 year old 6 foot tall Kyle Maclachlan thoughout the movie.
   Paul ingests a single drop of the "water of life" while alone in his house. He is near death for three weeks while his mother stands guard over him to prevent other Fremen who believe he is dead from rendering down his body for its water. He recovers after Chani wets her fingers with the water and passes it by his nose. He awakens and gulps down more water. Paul walks out into the desert with Chani and drinks the "water of life". This causes Paul, Chani, his mother and various other Reverend Mothers to bleed from the nose and mouth.
   Feyd engages in arena combat to murder slaves and other prisoners to test poisons and for sport. He is nearly killed by an Atreides prisoner, but Feyd defeats him by using unfair means to poison the man. The prisoner manages to fall on his own blade before the poison can incapacitate him. This does not happen in the film.
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