A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.
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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
The Hyborian Age includes many kingdoms and tribes conceived as ancestral to historical ones. As explained by Robert E. Howard: 1) Pure-blooded Aesir were ancestors of the Achaeans, Britons, and Gauls, 2) An Aesir off-shoot which conquered the kingdom of Nemedia formed the ancestors of the Nemedians of Irish legend, 3) Pure-blooded Vanir were the ancestors of the Danes, 4) a mixed race formed from the interbreeding of the Aesir, Cimmerians, and Vanir were the ancestors of the Goths and through them of the other Scandinavian and Germanic tribes, including the Anglo-Saxons, 5) Pure-blooded Cimmerians were the ancestors of the Gaels and through them of the Irish and the Highland Scots, 6) a mixed race formed from the interbreeding of Cimmerians and Nordics were the ancestors of the Cymric tribes (the Welsh people), of the Cimbri (in Roman history), of the Gimmerai (in Assyrian history), of the historical Cimmerians (in Greek history), and the Gomer (in Hebrew history), 7) a mixed race formed from the interbreeding of the Cimmerians and the Hyrkanians were the ancestors of the Scythians, 8) a mixed race formed from the interbreeding of the Hyrkanians and the Shemites were the ancestors of the Sumerians, 9) The Shemites, both pure-blooded and those interbreeding with Hyborians and Nordics, were the ancestors of the historic Semitic people (Arabs, Israelites, and others), 10) A mixed race formed from the interbreeding of the Shemites and Kushites were the ancestors of the Canaanites and the Elamites, 11) A mixed race formed from the interbreeding of the Hyrcanians, Picts, and Stygians were the ancestors of the Etruscans and though them of the Romans, and 12) Pure-blooded Hyrcanians were the ancestors of the Huns, Mongols, Tatars, and Turks. See more »
(at around 2h) A few of the devotees holding torches toward the back in the night scenes at the end of the movie are swinging and looping their torches. Obviously they are having fun with the flame while they should be morning the loss of their leader. See more »
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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More spoken dialogue is added for Conan in the German DVD version. In the beginning, when his life is told after being released from the wheel, he is offered a woman to sleep with him. In the original he doesn't say a word, but in the German version you hear him saying "Don't be afraid. I won't hurt you." Obviously, this was only possible, because Arnold Schwarzenegger had his face turned away from the camera. See more »
This is one of my top-ten favorite movies of all time. It's quite easy to dismiss this film based on its genre (barbarian slash-em-up) and the limited acting ability of the star (Schwarzenegger), but Conan is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Ok, the story is fairly standard, and the principal actors (Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman & Gerry Lopez) are competent but not outstanding. There are a few brief but memorable performances from James Earl Jones and Max von Sydow that help lend weight to the film, but the real stars are Poledouris' score and the cinematography. I have never seen a more beautifully-shot film in my life. The costumes, props and art direction are all top-notch. They could take all of the dialog out of the movie, and just have the music and pictures and it would still be worth watching.
To fully appreciate Conan, though, you have to watch it and then watch another barbarian-type film from any era (Beastmaster, Krull, etc.) and the difference will be stunning.
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