I recall seeing this scene on TV a while ago, but never managed to find the movie:

The protagonist is moving to a desert planet where water is extremely precious, however he is in a position of power and is given a house with luxuries such as plants.

As he enters the house, some servants give him a wet towel to freshen himself. When he is finished the servants try to gather the wasted water and sell it to some peasants just outside. Our protagonist (apparently a good Samaritan) says the water should not be sold but given for free.

I thought this could be a deleted scene from Dune, as it features the protagonist moving to a desert planet as part of the ruling family, but I did not find it in it (even looking in an extended version).

Judging from my memories of the image quality the movie was not very recent, probably from the 80s. Any idea what it could be?

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    Servants selling water from wet towels, and being forbidden to (by Duke Leto) is a thing in Dune. Which version did you look at?
    – DavidW
    Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 23:51
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    @DavidW - Did that scene appear in the movie, or just the mini-series?
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 7:17
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    It's definitely a scene in the book, so there's a reasonable chance it's come up in a screen adaptation, the trick is working out which one.
    – Separatrix
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 9:52
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    I fast forwarded through the Lynch movie. The only scene with towels I found was when Lady Jessica inspected her house staff, and that did not include any talk about selling them. So at least in the German theatrical release of the Lynch Dune movie (this was some pirated thing on YT) this does not come up. Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 10:30
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    In Dune 2000 there is a talk on a banquet about this "... my towel was taken away to save its water..." Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 16:36

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Answer (Dune 2000) has been given in the comments.

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