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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy  |  14 May 1982 (USA)
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A vengeful barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his tribe and his parents whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his warriors when he was a boy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
King Osric (as Max Von Sydow)
Ben Davidson ...
The Witch (as Cassandra Gaviola)
The Wizard / Narrator
The Princess (as Valerie Quennessen)
Luis Barboo ...
Leslie Foldvary ...
Gary Herman ...
Erik Holmey ...
Turanian War Officer (as Erick Holmey)


A barbarian trained in the arts of war joins with thieves in a quest to solve the riddle of steel and find the sorcerer responsible for the genocide of his people in this faithful adaptation of Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery adventures. This film briefly sparked a wave of fantasy films including the sequel, Conan the Destroyer, in the early 80s. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands. See more »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Release Date:

14 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conan, el bárbaro  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,479,373 (USA) (14 May 1982)


$37,567,440 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The artist most associated with Conan is likely Frank Frazetta whose covers redefined the visual appearance of Conan and influenced many subsequent artists. See more »


When Thulsa Doom fires his snake arrow to Valeria, as they escape mountain of doom, she's hit on her left side. When they stop and unmount and Conan removes the snake, it's on her right side. See more »


[first lines]
The Wizard: Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
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Referenced in Beneath a Steel Sky (1994) See more »

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My favorite movie as a child and still the best fantasy!
25 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is really an amazing movie! It is so passionate and intense. It all feels so genuine as well.

During my childhood this was my all-time favorite! From an adult (25) perspective, his movie is as damn amazing as I remember. Thee story and dialog are really damn good. There are so many classic scenes. I got my girlfriend to watch it. She was convinced it was going to be a stupid Arnold muscle movie (it seems almost everyone thinks this) but she loved it.

It's such a change to see such an un-ironic passionate movie. I can't see a movie like this being made today. The nudity and violence were great and added realism without ever being flatly gratuitous.

Don't see Destroyer though, that was absolutely awful.

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