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Conan the Barbarian -- Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the Cimmerian Conan who sets out with his companions to learn the "riddle of steel," which will give him ultimate power and kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom.


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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 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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Tom Beckert .... sound 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 .... sound 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
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
Carl Graham .... location coordinator
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
Juan Clemente Prosper .... location manager (as Juan Clemente)
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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129 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2002) | Australia:R18+ (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:U | 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?

Charles Bronson, Sylvester Stallone, and William Smith were considered for the lead role. This contradicts an earlier trivia listed above (15th from the top) that Schwarzenegger was the first and only choice for the role of Conan.See more »
Continuity: When Valeria reaches for the jewels after they first steal from the tower, her hand is faced downwards but when Conan grabs her and seductively moves the jewel over her, her hand is turned over so she can move her fingers towards the jewel.See more »
[first lines]
Title Card:That which does not kill us makes us stronger - Friedrich Nietzsche
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282 out of 305 people found the following review useful.
Not to be overlooked, 7 September 2005
Author: LordBlacklist from United States

People have preconceptions of what makes a good move and more often than not they get tangled up in their own web of closed mindedness. It is no one thing that makes a movie great but a combination of all to create a feeling, and that is one thing that Conan has always done for me.

This was the first film that introduced me to "the goosebump effect" or rather seeing scenes of such emotional and thematic power that they give you chills. After watching this film over and over again it still doesn't disappoint. The scene immediately following the raid on Conan's village is a true masterpiece of visual storytelling. without a single line of dialogue everything that is to come in the next two hours is set up with the Murder of Conan's parents before his eyes. The look of disbelief on his face as his mother's lifeless body falls before him. Staring at his hand and then toward Thulsa Doom. the Villain saluting his freshly stolen steel. It is a perfectly executed scene that were this film not so unjustly written off as a hack and slash "sword and sorcery" picture would be rightfully remembered as one of the great scenes in film history.

The best way to describe Conan would be to call it a philosophical epic. There are real ideas and philosophies at play in the narrative. Conan's father's teachings of steel...the opening scene forging the sword becoming a metaphor for Conan's life. He is a character created by hardship and grief, and like the opening quote says "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" Conan becomes more powerful with the more hardships he overcomes. The film is very well put together. Many scenes and images from the movie are as visually layered and well thought out as any Ridley Scott picture. The prelude to the opening battle in the snow is stunning with great visual flair, a single scout stands atop a boulder breathing heavy, anticipating battle as vibrant rays of sunlight pour through the trees.

There is a ritualistic quality to many of the scenes in the film such as the finding of the atlantean sword, or the lead up to Conan's duel with the snake which is carried through right to the end where after Conan drops his sword the followers of doom extinguish their flames in the fountain. Everyone in the film manages to give a good performance but the big mistake that most people make in judging them is that they do not understand that acting is not simply saying lines of dialogue, it is behavior. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rest of the cast give outstanding performances without saying all that much. The scene at the funeral pyre where Conan runs his hand through the hair of his fallen love...the subtle look of grief withheld combined with the eloquent score is enough to get the idea across, no dialogue is needed. Basil Poledouris' score for the film has to be one of, if not, the greatest score ever composed and it plays an integral part in creating the rich emotional landscape of John Milius' epic film. Conan the barbarian is a film I saw when I was very young, and through the years as I have gotten a little older and wiser the film has gotten richer and more rewarding with each subsequent viewing.

This is a film of great resonance and subtlety. Most audiences today cannot appreciate a film that requires a bit of deep thinking, but this is one of the rare films that is even more rewarding if you look beneath the surface.

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