Conan the Barbarian

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John Milius's jingoistic direction and pulpy screenplay fit perfectly into this film version of the Robert E. Howard fantasy story of the sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. The story begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), the man responsible for killing his family. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and Subotai (Gerry Lopez). The group comes upon King Osric (Max Von Sydow), who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills.

  1. John Milius

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Edward Summer


  3. Robert E. Howard


  4. Oliver Stone


Top Billed Cast

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger


  2. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    Thulsa Doom

  3. Max von Sydow

    Max von Sydow

    King Osric

  4. Sandahl Bergman

    Sandahl Bergman


  5. CG

    Cassandra Gava

    The Witch

  6. BD

    Ben Davidson


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 9m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $68,851,475.00

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Release Information

  • May 14, 1982
    R, Theatrical



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

Though definitely a guilty pleasure from the cheesy 80's of which I grew up, this is such outstandingly fun. It's so unique a cinematic experience, knowing what we know of Schwarzenegger's life and career the 34 years since, seeing him at this juncture, as he's just starting out. (No, I haven't seen 'Stay Hungry' yet.)

Part of me always wishes he had simply stuck to these films (as well as the 'Terminator' series), and was still making them. In his prime, I dare you to find anyone better at this kind of material. Director Milius has a fine feel for the swords-and-sandals/fantasy worldscape t... read the rest.

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