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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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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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The role of Thulsa Doom as a cult leader in the film seems influenced by real-life cult leaders who had a presence in the news. The most prominent of them were probably Charles Manson (1934-) of the Manson Family and Jim Jones (1931-1978) of the Peoples Temple. The perceived negative role of cults in society gave rise to an anti-cult movement that was prominent in the 1980s. See more »


When Valeria is squatting with her back to the camera, the stitching of the rear pocket on her modern jeans is very visible. 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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14 October 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Conan the Barbarian is one of those films that just shouldn't work on paper, but somehow ends up not only working, but becoming a classic. Everything is right here thanks to Milius unashamed bigger-than-life-direction. He takes him serious and dares to go far enough with the grandness, something few directors would dare do today for fear of being labeled pretentious.

Combine this with probably the best film score EVER written, and you have movie magic. Basil Poledouris score is such a classic that every other composer has ripped it off a thousand times, and rightly so. It's the granddaddy of Wagnerian tour-de-force scoring.

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