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Release Date:
14 May 1982 (USA) See more »
He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands. See more »
A barbarian warrior sets off to avenge his parents and his tribe whom were slain by an evil sorcerer and his henchmen when he was a boy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Conan

James Earl Jones ... Thulsa Doom

Max von Sydow ... King Osric (as Max Von Sydow)

Sandahl Bergman ... Valeria
Ben Davidson ... Rexor

Cassandra Gava ... The Witch (as Cassandra Gaviola)

Gerry Lopez ... Subotai

Mako ... The Wizard / Narrator

Valérie Quennessen ... The Princess (as Valerie Quennessen)

William Smith ... Conan's Father
Luis Barboo ... Red Hair

Franco Columbu ... Pictish Scout
Leslie Foldvary ... Sacrificial Snake Girl
Gary Herman ... Osric's Guard
Erik Holmey ... Turanian War Officer (as Erick Holmey)
Akio Mitamura ... Mongol General
Nadiuska ... Conan's Mother

Jorge Sanz ... Young Conan

Jack Taylor ... Priest

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Thorgrim (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
Kiyoshi Yamasaki ... Sword Master
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pilar Alcón ... Orgy Slave Girl (uncredited)
Florencio Amarilla ... Man (uncredited)
Ron Cobb ... Black Lotus Street Peddler (uncredited)
Dragon Dronet ... Pit Fighter (uncredited)

Donald Gibb ... Osric's Guard (uncredited)
Andrea Guzon ... Breeding Woman (uncredited)
Corrie Jansen ... Beautiful Woman Jumping to her Death (uncredited)

Celia Milius ... High Priestess (uncredited)

John Milius ... Foodseller in the Old City (uncredited)

Sab Shimono ... Subotai (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Milius 
Writing credits
Robert E. Howard (based on the character created by)

John Milius (written by) and
Oliver Stone (written by)

Edward Summer  story (uncredited)

Produced by
D. Constantine Conte .... executive producer
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... producer
Buzz Feitshans .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Edward Summer .... associate producer
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Duke Callaghan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Production Design by
Ron Cobb 
Art Direction by
Pier Luigi Basile  (as Pierluigi Basile)
Veljko Despotovic 
Benjamín Fernández 
Set Decoration by
Giorgio Postiglione 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... special effects makeup
Carlo De Marchis .... special effects makeup supervisor
Paquita Núñez .... chief hair stylist
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup artist: Miss Bergman (as Pamela L. Peitzman)
José Antonio Sánchez .... hair stylist supervisor
José Antonio Sánchez .... makeup supervisor
Ken Horn .... makeup effects (uncredited)
Paquita Trench .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Pepe Escriva .... unit manager: second unit
Vicente Escrivá hijo .... production manager (as Vicente Escriva Jr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Víctor Albarrán .... second assistant director
Roberto Cirla .... assistant director
José Luis García Berlanga .... second assistant director (as Jose Luis Garcia-Berlanga)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
José López Rodero .... first assistant director (as Pepe Lopez Rodero)
Kuki López Rodero .... first assistant director: second unit (as Kuki Lopez)
Massimo Trabaloo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adolfo Cofiño .... construction manager
Tomas Lorenzo .... props
Julián Martín .... scenic painter (as Julian Martin)
Julián Mateos .... property buyer (as Julian Mateos)
Giorgio Palomba .... scenic painter
George Peppiatt .... props
Aldo Puccini .... construction manager
Syd Regan .... scenic painter (as Sid Regan)
William Stout .... production artist
Graham Sumner .... property master
Peter Voysey .... chief sculptor
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... re-recording mixer
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Tom Beckert .... re-recording mixer
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Shelley Brown .... apprentice sound editor
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor
Erick Feitshans .... sound department assistant (as Erick J. Feitshans)
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Michele Sharp .... sound editor (as Michelle Sharp)
Caryl Wickman .... loop dialogue editor
Jim Willis .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Antonio Balandín .... special effects technician
Richard Conway .... special effects technician
George Gibbs .... special effects floor supervisor
Ron Hone .... special effects technician
John McGoldrick .... special effects technician
Roger Nichols .... special effects technician
Antonio Parra .... special effects chief technician
Giuseppe Tortora .... special effects technician
Barry Whitrod .... special effects technician
Antonio Baquero .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Antonio Bueno .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jose A. Cordero .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dennis Bartlett .... travelling matte consultant
James Hagedorn .... animation opticals: R.G.B. Opticals (as James R. Hagedorn)
Katherine Kean .... animator: VCE
Peter Kuran .... animated visual effects: VCE
Len Morganti .... animator: VCE
Emilio Ruiz del Río .... miniatures (as Emilio Ruiz del Rio)
Susan Turner .... animator: VCE
Frank Van der Veer .... special visual effects
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
José Luis Ayestarán .... stunts
Bettina Brenner .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Jim Burk .... stunts
José Luis Chinchilla .... stunts (as Chinchilla)
Ricardo Cruz .... stunts
Corrie Jansen .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator (as Terry J. Leonard)
Juan Maján .... stunt coordinator (as Juan Majan)
Larry Randles .... stunts (as Larry Randales)
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (as John Scott)
Walter Scott .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Juan Diego Montoya .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
José Luis Aguilar .... assistant camera (as Jose Luis Aguilar)
John Cabrera .... director of photography: second unit
José Luis Criado .... assistant camera: second unit (as Jose Luis Criado)
Antonio Fernández Santamaría .... key grip (as Antonio Fernandez)
Julián Fernández .... key grip (as Julian Fernandez)
Rafael García Martos .... chief electrician (as Rafael Garcia Martos)
Salvador Gómez Calle .... assistant camera: second unit (as Salvador Gomez)
Gerhard Hentschel .... camera maintenance
Julio Leyva .... assistant camera (as Julio Martin Leyva)
Julio Madurga .... camera operator: second unit
Ricardo Navarrete .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Tote Trenas .... assistant camera (as Jose Pedro Trenas)
George Whitear .... still photographer
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Casting Department
Rosa García .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Franco Antonelli .... wardrobe supervisor
Martín Díaz .... wardrobe master (as Martin Diaz)
María Eugenia Escrivá .... assistant costume designer (as Maria Eugenia Escriva)
Andrés Fernández .... wardrobe master (as Andres Fernandez)
Stephen Jackson .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Jones .... head dress-maker
Editorial Department
Rafaela Andújar .... apprentice film editor (as Rafaela Andujar)
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Conrad M. Gonzalez .... supervising assistant film editor (as Conrad Gonzales)
Carl Graham .... apprentice film editor
Christopher Holmes .... additional editor
Darren T. Holmes .... assistant film editor (as Darren Holmes)
Frank E. Jimenez .... apprentice film editor (as Frank Jimenez)
Patricia Lee .... assistant film editor
María Luisa Pino .... assistant film editor (as Marisa Del Pino)
Peck Prior .... assistant film editor
Richard Ritchie .... color timer
Fred Stafford .... additional editor
Location Management
Carl Graham .... location coordinator
Juan Clemente Prosper .... location manager (as Juan Clemente)
Music Department
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (as Greg McRitchie)
Basil Poledouris .... conductor
Robert Randles .... music editor
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Franklin Jones Jr. .... soundtrack mixer (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Prometheus re-recording (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Emilio Marquerie .... transportation manager
Fernando Marquerie .... transportation manager
Manuel Paredes Murillo .... driver (uncredited)
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Carlos Ponce de León .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Miguel Ángel Alonso .... production office assistant
Paco Ardura .... animal handler (as Francisco Ardura)
Yvonne Axeworthy .... script supervisor (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Barbara Back .... production office coordinator
Ludy Camacho .... production accountant assistant (as Ludi Camacho)
Roberto Cirla .... crowd coordinator
L. Sprague De Camp .... technical advisor
Vues de Vestel Tiva .... snake trainer
Santiago DeBenito .... production accountant (as Santiago de Benito)
Francesca DeLaurentiis .... continuity: second unit (as Francesca de Laurentiis)
Francisco García .... assistant crowd coordinator (as Francisco Garcia)
Brian Gibbs .... supervising accountant
Martha Gibbs .... production accountant assistant
Michael B. Gladych .... production research
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
Beth Hickman .... assistant: Mr. Feitshans
Manuel Jimenez .... production accountant
Steven Kilroy .... production office assistant
Mareva Mapuhi .... secretary: Miss De Laurentiis
Margarita McDermott .... production secretary
Trilby Norton .... production secretary
Fred L. Rexer .... spiritual advisor
Jody Samson .... sword maker
Saralo .... secretary: Mr. Milius
Anne Strick .... unit publicist
John Trehy .... chief production accountant
Debbie Van Hoek .... production accountant
Kiyoshi Yamasaki .... sword master
Angelica De Leon .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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129 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2002) | Australia:R (original rating) (1982) | Australia:M (re-rating) (cut) (1982) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 (cut) | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (cut) (1991) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1982) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Africa:16 | South Korea:18 (uncut) | South Korea:12 (1983) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:AA (cut) | USA:R (Certificate #26529) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Robert E. Howard created a formula for the average Conan story. The formula had Conan "rescuing a damsel in distress from a monster in some ruins." While these stories are not considered among the better or more ambitious ones in the Conan series, they were the easiest to write and easiest to sell during the Great Depression. The film creators chose to largely ignore them as sources.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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]
Title Card:That which does not kill us makes us stronger - Friedrich Nietzsche
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lost Empire (1984)See more »


Where does this story take place?
Why does Conan's mother simply stand there and be killed? Why doesn't she use her sword and fight?
Is the Extended Cut on the Blu-ray different to the known Extended Version?
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129 out of 159 people found the following review useful.
Great Sword And Sorcery Epic!, 23 July 2004
Author: Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England

A cracking sword and sorcery yarn that has divided movie goer opinions since it's release. Some believing it's a beefy and shallow action movie, glossed up with big sets and fancy costumes. Others believing it is a truly eye popping visual feast of a film with hidden depth. The film was panned on its original release but since then has been something of a critical favourite. While the film is too murky and turgid at times, it is still engaging, despite needing to lighten up a touch, because this is based on a comic book after all. The film is fantastical but at the same time the film doesn't go quite as fantastical as the comic books did. This seems to be more based in reality but it still features a snake-man, giant snakes and witches.

The film follows Conan from childhood when his parents are killed and follows him through his early years as a slave to adulthood when he becomes a fighter and a thief. What drives Conan is pure bloodthirsty revenge on the man who killed his parents(James Earl Jones) and he is constantly spurred on by the belief he is doing his god's (Krom the god of steel) will. Conan constantly interprets important moments as messages from Krom.This film is so visual. The dialogue is minimal and yet meaningful. This gives the film a great atmosphere and really brings to mind two other fantasy action movies I really love, Crying Freeman and Highlander. They are all very similar in style. They all have the same strengths, in that they are both great looking, have a lead character driven by a spirit guide, controlled by his beliefs and a sense of destiny and all three have similar romantic subplot, all told with visuals, and little dialogue. They are all also blessed with unique and rousing scores. It's all very mythical and philosophical in each, with love at first site important. It is the love of the women that drive the men to their goals. In Freeman Dacascos wants to break away from his controlled regime, and take back his life when his love gives him the will to do so. In Highlander McLeod wants to lead a mortal life, to love and grow old with someone, to be human. Conan wants a life after he takes his revenge. The greatness of their romantic story and the purely visual way it is told is that during the movie he says only 5 words to her,and they all come in their first meeting. The film should not get away with something like that, yet it works well. The twist in Conan is that his lover sacrifices herself for him and in effect once he has achieved his goal the film is left with the feeling Conan has no further purpose in life.

The cast are good. Arnold was made into a star here. He is physically the best shape he's ever been in a movie. He is smaller than his bodybuilding days yet as big as he's ever been on screen and at the same time fleet of foot and nimble. Lest we not forget by the time he hit mega stardom he was in his 40's, but Arnold is truly in his prime here. It is a performance though of glaring inconsistency which is the likes of which I have never seen. It is at once his best and his worst performance. For all that Schwarzenegger does with a depth and humanity not seen in his films since, he overplays and looks amateurish in others, because of course he was an amateur here. What really does work is the chemistry between Sandahl Bergman and Schwarzy. She gets the best out of him and their scenes together are generally his best. Bergman received a Golden Globe for this and had Arnie consistently been as good as his higher points here, who knows? You get the feeling the philosophical side might occasionally have gone over his head. At times he would bawl out "Kraaoomm!!!" without knowing why he was delivering the line. Bergman is good. She is enigmatic and quite sexy in a "why is she sexy?" kind of a way. Bergman kicks ass and her dance background shows as she moves with grace. The showstoppers though are the supporting cast with the legend Mako, excellent as the wizard and narrator. Max Von Sydow is superb as king Osric and he gets some of the best dialogue but it is the chilling James Earl Jones who is particularly excellent as Thulsa Doom.

What makes this film great is the fact that it feels older than it is. It feels like a b-movie fantasy film from the golden ages of the 50's and 60's, with some of the charming elements of the legendarily cheap Italian fantasy films. The film even at times feels like it is dubbed. While all it lacks is a stand out Ray Harryhausen moment. The nearest we get is the giant snake. I would have loved to have seen more creatures and beasts in this movie with some HarryHausen effects but it come a tad too late really. Also Basil Poledouris' score is fantastic and old fashioned a big reason the film feels like it is from the golden age of this sword and sorcery quest movies. The score is the real standout part of the movie. It's very old fashioned, medieval and a bit baroque and works marvellously well with some rousing themes.

The film is directed with visual flourish by John Milius, whose tragically lame career since makes you wonder what happened. In that sense it has another similarity with Highlander as the even more talented Russell Mulcahy was never matched the quality or success of Highlander since. This is a top notch film that fantasy enthusiasts will love. ****

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