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Conan the Barbarian Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. Complementing Mulius's heavy metal production is Arnold Schwarzenegger's leaden acting, which in any other context would be deadly, but here (as in Arnold Schwarzenegger) corresponds nicely with the whole sonorous project. 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. The Wheel of Pain seems to have as its only purpose the building up of Conan's muscles, so it's no surprise that one day Conan grows up to become Arnold Schwarzenegger. 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 Subota (Gerry Lopez). The trio comes upon a weird snake cult, linked to Doom, and Conan wants to trek off to Doom's mountain retreat to kill him. But he is prevented from doing that by King Osrik (Max Von Sydow), who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:May 14, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sandahl Bergman New Star of the Year - Female 1982 Winner

Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger
as Conan
James Earl Jones
as Thulsa Doom
Max von Sydow
as King Osric
Sandahl Bergman
as Valeria
Cassandra Gaviola
as The Witch
Gerry Lopez
as Subotai
Mako
as The Wizard
Valerie Quennessen
as The Princess
William Smith
as Conan's Father
Luis Barboo
as Red Hair
Franco Columbu
as Pictish Scout
Leslie Foldvary
as Snake Girl
Gary Herman
as Guard
Akio Mitamura
as Mongol General
Jack Taylor
as Priest
Sven Ole Thorsen
as Thorgrim
Kiyoshi Yamazaki
as Sword Master
Franco Columbu
as Pictish Scout
Kiyoshi Yamazaki
as Sword Master
Sven Ole Thorsen
as Thorgrim
William Smith
as Conan's Father
Jack Taylor
as Priest
Akio Mitamura
as Mongol General
Gary Herman
as Guard
Leslie Foldvary
as Snake Girl
Luis Barboo
as Red Hair

Crew

John Milius
Director
Dino de Laurentiis
Producer
Buzz Feitshans
Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis
Producer
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
John Milius
Screenwriter
Duke Callaghan
Cinematographer
Basil Poledouris
Composer (Music Score)
C. Timothy O'Meara
Editor
Fred Stafford
Editor
Ron Cobb
Production Designer
Pier Luigi Basile
Art Director
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
D. Constantine Conte
Executive Producer
Giorgio Postiglione
Set Designer
John Bloomfield
Costume Designer
Bub Asman
Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Allder
Special Effects
Colin Arthur
Makeup
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