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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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 ...
Cassandra Gava ...
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 village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and his evil warriors, when Thulsa Doom and his warriors kills his parents, a young boy named Conan (Jorge Sanz) is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. Joined by a archer named Subotai (Gerry Lopez), a beautiful thief who falls in love with Conan, Valeria (sandahl Bergman') and a Chinese wizard (Mako), Conan and his companions sets out to rescue Princess Yasmina (Valérie Quennessen), daughter of King Osric (Max von Sydow), from the Snake Cult, and get his revenge on Thulsa Doom and avenge his parents. Written by Daniel Williamson

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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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$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?


While Conan and other barbarian characters were not the only creations of Robert E. Howard, he seemed to prefer them over more "civilized" characters. The writer propagated the view that human civilization is unnatural, inherently corrupt, and fragile. One of the Conan tales summarizes his views on the subject: "Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph." See more »


When Conan leaves the wizard to go to the mountain on the camel, he carries a bunch of purple flowers. By the time he reaches the mountain, the flowers are white. 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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not like the book but all we have
27 December 2001 | by (nashville, tennessee) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. One of Arnold's classics and one of the best, unique movies to come out of the early 80s. The movie doesn't even come close to the grandeur of the books written by Robert E. Howard after the turn of the century though. If only there was a director out there who could read a book all the way through and see the unbelievable stories in the original Conan books, they could make a fortune. Of course it would be hard to find the muscle bound, intelligent barbarian the books portrayed though.

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