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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 <>

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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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To give the characters' costumes a more authentic and "lived-in" look, Dino De Laurentiis had the cast members wear their costumes both during rehearsals and the actual scene shoots. See more »


When Conan emerges from the crypt and cuts his leg irons, a hand can be seen reaching up to snatch the chain out of the way. (No hand can be seen on the R2 DVD special edition.) 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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28 August 2004 | by (Oulu, Finland) – See all my reviews

I think this is the best sword and magic / fantasy movie ever made. Unlike the second Conan movie (the destroyer, which was a huge disappointment) this is dark, dirty, violent (with the harsh way) and most of all faithful to the original Conan by Howard. By that i mean that conan wasn't a joker and babyoiled coverboy like in the sequel. Only part of the movie that i weren't content about was the childhood of conan, the part where he grows up spinning some goddamn wheel of fortune, Howard specifically points in many novels that Conan was grown free in the Cimmeria. Despite the this awkward transition to skip the childhood of Conan this still is the best fantasy movie ever made.

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