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Writers (WGA):
Robert E. Howard (worlds and characters)
Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 August 1997 (USA) See more »
Son of Conan See more »
An barbarian warrior becomes a king when he defeats a king in armed combat and the king's heir conspire to overthrow him and reclaim the throne by resurrecting an evil sorceress. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
John Nicolella 
Writing credits
Robert E. Howard (worlds and characters)

Charles Edward Pogue (screenplay)

Produced by
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... producer
Beverlee Dean .... executive producer
Jeff Franklin .... executive producer
Hester Hargett .... co-producer
Arthur Lieberman .... associate producer
Steve Waterman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Rodney Charters 
Film Editing by
Dallas Puett 
Casting by
Elizabeth Hayden  (as Elizabeth Hayden-Passero)
Jeffery Passero 
Lenka Stefankovicova 
Production Design by
Benjamín Fernández 
Art Direction by
Maria-Teresa Barbasso  (as Maria Theresa Barbasso)
Pier Luigi Basile (supervising art director)
Ján Svoboda  (as Janko Svoboda)
Marco Trentini (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Alberto Tosto 
Costume Design by
Thomas Casterline 
Sibylle Ulsamer 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup artist (creature effects)
Giannetto De Rossi .... makeup artist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Robert Maverick .... key hair technician: Cannom Creations
Brian Pierson .... special makeup effects artist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects producer: Cannom Creations
Angelo Vannella .... hair stylist
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist: Captive Audience
Production Management
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... production manager
Boris Dmitrovic .... local production manager
Milan Stanisic .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Carrigan .... second assistant director
Buzz Feitshans IV .... second unit director
Arsen A. Ostojic .... second second assistant director
Ian Woolf .... assistant director
Art Department
Giorgio Desideri .... supervising set decorator
Jeremy Downing .... assistant set decorator
Ron Downing .... supervising property master
Tim Larsen .... painter
Ladislav Markic .... plasterer
Tony Rimmington .... ship designer
Miles Teves .... art director: Akivasha character, Cannom Creations
Fernando Valento .... construction manager
Francesco Valento .... carpenter
Peter Balogh .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Barney Cabral .... supervising adr editor
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Arthur Farkas .... foley editor
Steve Finnigan .... adr recordist
Gregory Hainer .... sound designer
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Brian McPherson .... sound effects editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Tony Negrete .... first assistant sound editor
Robert Polich .... boom operator
Andrew Somers .... dialogue editor
Reinhard Stergar .... sound
Jon Title .... sound effects editor
Rich Weingart .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ian Brown .... special effects makeup
Peter Fern .... senior technician
Dana Klaren .... effects technician/puppeteer
Larry Odien .... special effects assistant
Darren Perks .... special effects makeup
Randy Simper .... mechanical engineer: Cannom Creations
Todd Tucker .... special effects supervisor
Alan Tuskes .... special effects
Keith VanderLaan .... creature effects creator/producer: Captive Audience Productions
Keith VanderLaan .... creature effects producer: Cannom Creations
Kevin Welch .... wireman
Kit West .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Jason Armstrong .... animator: Metrolight Studios
Todd Erickson .... lead animator
Fish Essenfeld .... lead compositor
John Follmer .... head of production: MetroLight Studios
Peter Greenstone .... digital effects artist
Pat Hadnagy .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Ashton Hunt .... visual effects producer
Ken W. Kelly .... visual advisor
James W. Kristoff .... executive in charge of production: MetroLight Studios
Tim Lannon .... lead animator
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor
Alex Mark .... lead animator: Metrolight Studios
Fumi Mashimo .... animator: Illusion Arts
Kelvin McIlwain .... matte artist
Kenneth Nakada .... assisting compositor
Audri Phillips .... CGI art director: Metrolight Studio
Chris Ryan .... CG artist: MetroLight Studios
Dobbie Schiff .... visual effects executive producer: MetroLight Studios
Robert Stromberg .... visual effects supervisor
Bruno Vilela .... lead animator: Metrolight Studios (as Bruno Araujo)
Jerry Weil .... senior digital artist: Metrolight Studios
Shyam V. Yadav .... computer graphics technical assistant
Thanh Nguyen .... modeler (uncredited)
Del Baker .... assistant stunt coordinator
Shelly Benison .... stunts (as Shelley Benison)
Martin Csiaki .... stunts
Steve Emerson .... stunts
Monika Fiserova .... stunt coordinator: Slovakia
Paul Heasman .... stunts
Peter Hric .... horse master
Peter Hric .... stunt coordinator: Slovakia
Roman Jankovic .... stunts
Gustáv Kyselica .... stunt coordinator: Slovakia (as Gustav Kyselica)
Stephen Lawrence .... stunts
Branislav Martinak .... utility stunts
Ivan Mica .... stunt performer
Lubomir Misak .... utility stunts
Peter Olgyay .... stunts
Michael Sandala .... stunt double
Stanislav Satko .... utility stunts
Marek Toth .... utility stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Sylwester Zawadzki .... stunts (as Sylvester Zawadski)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Brkic .... gaffer: blue screen unit
Jaroslav Cermak .... electrician
Václav Cermak .... best boy
Roberto De Angelis .... focus puller: "a" camera
Cranston Gobbo .... key grip: second unit
John Higgins .... gaffer
Milan Jirsa .... electrician
Daniele Massaccesi .... camera operator
Fernando Massaccesi .... rigging gaffer
Gavin Stroud .... additional photographer
Pierre Vinet .... still photographer
Animation Department
Ana Maria Alvarado .... animator (as Ana Alvarado)
Casting Department
Cecilla Hensel .... casting assistant
Zoe Sharpe .... casting assistant
Eva Stefankovicová .... storyline casting
Amy Taksen .... additional casting: USA
Sheila Trezise .... casting: UK
Katy Whiteley .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanni Casalnuovo .... wardrobe supervisor
Marco Magno .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
George Carlston .... colorist: dailies
Neil Greenberg .... assistant editor
Scott Janush .... first assistant editor
Neil Kirk .... assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Cynthia Morris .... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Aaron Yamamoto .... assistant editor
Music Department
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Stephen Lotwis .... music editor
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Rick Winquest .... music recording engineer
Kevin Townend .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mladen Cernjak .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
L. Sprague De Camp .... technical advisor
Matthew Feitshans .... set coordinator
Ken Goldstein .... production accountant
Kyle Ham .... post-production coordinator
Peter Hlava .... location manager
Peter Hric .... horse master
Fran Joseph .... fight choreographer
Fran Joseph .... fight trainer
Michael Lichtenegger .... shipping coordinator
Grace Liu .... production assistant
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Cannom Creations Inc.
Zdravko Madzarevic .... set coordinator: second unit (1997)
Ian McDougal .... marine coordinator (as Ian D. MacDougal)
Steve O'Corr .... production liaison
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Jerry Poteet .... fight choreographer
Jerry Poteet .... fight trainer
Antony Suransky .... stand-in: Kevin Sorbo
Michael Turk .... marine coordinator (as Mike Turk)
Jill Fischer .... production coordinator: Cannom Creations (uncredited)
Zeljko Hren .... caterer (uncredited)
Erik Jessen .... production liaison (uncredited)
Golda Offenheim .... production liaison (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and sensuality
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:12 | UK:12 (video rating, cut) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #35363)
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Did You Know?

Originally meant to be "Conan the Conqueror", the script was rewritten as "Kull" for Kevin Sorbo when Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to reprise his Conan character.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When the King hands the crown to Kull a smoke-pot is visible in the crown to give the appearance of heat.See more »
[repeated line]
Zareta:[to Kull] Shall I undress now?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Fantasy Flick, 20 April 2010
Author: Ky-D from Hawaii, USA

On the scale of sword and sorcery flicks, this ranks below 'Conan The Barbarian', above the dreary 'Red Sonja', about on par with 'Conan The Destroyer'; which is to say that it's an energetic fantasy film that doesn't take itself seriously and can be a lot of fun if you let it be.

Kull of Atlantis seeks to join the army of Velusia, but instead, through an unexpected turn of events, he finds himself proclaimed king of the empire instead. Holding onto his new throne will be much harder than taking it, as the blood heirs to the empire make a deal with a wizard to revive a 3000 year-old demon who seeks to kill King Kull and claim the empire for herself.

'Kull the Conqueror' originally started out as 'Conan the Conqueror', but after Arnold refused to reprise the role, the script was changed to accommodate Howard's other barbarian hero, Kull. As such, much of the story is actually taken from the Conan stories ('The Hour of the Dragon' in particular). Interestingly, the first Conan movie took most of it's story material from the Kull tales. A little bit of irony for you.

As for the film itself, it does enough things right to entertain; Sorbo fits Kull role perfectly (actually truer to the source character than Arnold ever was), Griffith is an effectively grim villain and Tia Carrere hams it up nicely as the evil Akiavasia. The locations and sets have a wonderfully fantasy feel to them and the assorted fight scenes are well choreographed and fast paced. Given their age, the FX and make are good without ever looking terribly real. One thing I found very enjoyable in the film was the liberal dose of humor; not lame one-liners or goofy antics, but some solid humor that compliments the scenes rather than ruining them.

The biggest problem the movie has is the damn PG-13 rating; it keeps the movie from really delving into adult fantasy the way you want it too. Both 'Red Sonja' and 'Conan the Destroyer' suffered the same problem. Another issue is the generic butt-rock music that accompanies the fight scenes; the music for the rest of the film is epic and fits the period nature of the film, but the lame guitar riffs that get churned out during every fight is just annoying. Also, many of the supporting actors just aren't any damn good at acting and tend to injure many of the scenes. Lastly, the script is a little lean for an epic adventure film, clocking in at just 90 minutes, almost no time is spent getting to know the characters any better than is necessary to drive the plot.

All told, this is a fun, fast, fantasy film meant to be enjoyed rather than analyzed. It makes a decent entry in the Howard film canon (the best way to watch it is part 4 of a Howard marathon; Conan 1 & 2, Red Sonja, Kull). The film made no money in theaters, which is too bad, as we aren't likely to see any more of these any time soon.

Energetic, humorous, and full of action (though not without some issues), a solid sword and sorcery flick.


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