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Conan the Destroyer (1984)

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Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.

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Richard Fleischer

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Robert E. Howard (based on the character created by), Roy Thomas (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Conan
Grace Jones ... Zula
Wilt Chamberlain Wilt Chamberlain ... Bombaata
Mako ... Akiro 'The Wizard'
Tracey Walter ... Malak
Sarah Douglas ... Queen Taramis
Olivia d'Abo ... Princess Jehnna (as Olivia D'Abo)
Pat Roach ... Man Ape / Toth-Amon
Jeff Corey ... Grand Vizier
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Togra (as Sven Ole Thorsen)
Bruce Fleischer Bruce Fleischer ... Village Heckler
Ferdy Mayne ... The Leader (as Ferdinand Mayne)
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Storyline

The wandering barbarian, Conan, alongside his goofy rogue pal, Malak, are tasked with escorting Queen Taramis' virgin niece, Princess Jehnna and her bodyguard, Bombaata, to a mystical island fortress. They must retrieve a magical crystal that will help them procure the horn that legends say can awaken the god of dreams, Dagoth. Along the way, Conan reunites with the wise wizard, Akiro and befriends the fierce female fighter, Zula. Together the heroes face ancient traps, powerful Wizards, plots of betrayal, and even the dream god, Dagoth, himself! Written by Tim Harrison Snlmidgit@hotmail.com

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Taglines:

The Darkest Side of Magic. The Strongest Side of Man. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conan: King of Thieves See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,958,872, 1 July 1984

Gross USA:

$31,042,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,042,035
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During his lifetime, Wilt Chamberlain claimed sexual encounters with over 20,000 women. Ironically, in this movie Queen Taramis charges Chamberlain's character Bombaata with protecting Princess Jehnna's virginity. See more »

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(at around 43 mins) When Conan is fighting Man Ape and discovers that breaking the glass panes hurts him, it cuts to a shot of his friends behind one of the panes, and Malak says, "That's exactly what I would have done, exactly." His lips don't match the words at all. See more »

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Akiro 'The Wizard': [voiceover] Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, sword in hand. It is I, his chronicler, who knows well his saga. Now, let me tell you of the days of high adventure.
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Alternate Versions

There are some deleted scenes that never made it to the dvd or vhs, these include:- 1. A love scene between Conan and Queen Taramis 2. Queen Taramis slaps Bombaata The German dvd release of Conan the destroyer is special edition and restores some of the scenes that aren't included either on the UK or US versions, these are:- 1. When the camel spits at Conan, Conan slams the camel down with a fist. 2. Some of the fight scenes are extended 3. Bombaata trips up Zula when she helps Conan defeat the Elite guards that surprise attack. See more »

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Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid...
18 August 2000 | by Shield-3See all my reviews

Oh, I can understand why "Conan the Destroyer" is the way it is. The original, classic "Conan the Barbarian" was a hit, but the Hollywood bigwigs decided they could get x-amount more money if they made a more family-friendly sequel, thereby opening the franchise to the lucrative kid's market (never mind that, for as long as there have been "restrictive" movie ratings, kids have known how to get to see the movies they want). Take out the sex, tone down the violence, crank up the humor, and... out comes this movie.

It's like "Destroyer" is stuck in a state of half-development. The basic storyline would be okay, but the script gives Conan a coterie of unneccessary sidekicks (as if Conan were not a strong enough character to carry a movie by himself). Grace Jones is interesting to look at but gets tiresome VERY fast; the cowardly sidekick gets more irritating by the second; Mako wears this expression like he's only in this one for the money. Olivia d'Abo is just plain miscast: it's like she's a marker that should read "Insert More Interesting Character in Second Draft." Arnold Schwarzenegger does a competent job as Conan, but we don't see the raw power and brute force of the first movie. There is a thin line between competence and complacency, between an actor and a star; it took Roger Moore six years to get to that point in the James Bond series, while Schwarzenegger reaches the same point with Conan in two.

I think part of the problem is whether or not the Conan concept is flexible enough to become family fare, and my answer is "no." Fans of Robert E. Howard's Conan work know his Cimmerian is a very rough-edged hero, a cunning, hard-drinking, hard-fighting man, and the first Conan movie captured that essence. To change him into the simple-minded do-gooder of "Conan the Destroyer" is to destroy what Conan is all about, and the movie suffers for it.

Is "Conan the Destroyer" worth watching? Yes. For someone who knows absolutely nothing about Conan, I suppose it can be a harmless sword-and-sorcery popcorn flick. For Conan fans, it's kind of like "Legend of the Lone Ranger" for Lone Ranger fans: an irresistible example of just how badly Hollywood can treat your favorite character.

I just hope that if there is ever another Conan movie (not likely, thanks to "Destroyer"), the producers will concentrate on following the style of "Conan the Barbarian" and just ignore this one.


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