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.

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Robert E. Howard (based on the character created by), John Milius | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Gary Herman ... Osric's Guard
Erik Holmey ... Turanian War Officer (as Erick Holmey)
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Storyline

Beyond the mists of time, having witnessed the brutal death of his blacksmith father and the massacre of the entire village by the murderous followers of Thulsa Doom, the undead evil wizard and servant of the serpent-god, Set, Conan, the orphaned young Cimmerian, is condemned to a life of slavery. Chained to the perpetual Wheel of Pain, the helpless boy grows into a man, and after years of rigorous training as a fierce gladiator, Conan, now an unstoppable mountain of muscle, regains his precious freedom. But, with the image of the blood-soaked raid etched on his mind, Conan teams up with Subotai, the Hyrkanian thief, and Valeria, the Queen of the Bandits, and embarks on a peril-laden journey to the mysterious Mountain of Power, and the impregnable Snake Cult Temple. Will Conan avenge his parents? Written by Nick Riganas

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The film's story has a blacksmith as father of Conan. This is based on the works of L. Sprague De Camp in fleshing out the background of Conan. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) While sneaking into the orgy, Valeria slowly and quietly makes her way over a low ledge on her way to the main area of the cave. At one point, her foot kicks a set of large hanging chains, causing them to swing. In the very next shot of her, presumably after only mere seconds of a cutaway shot, she is in the same position as last we saw her, but the chains are completely still. See more »

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The Wizard: 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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"A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALFREDO" See more »

Alternate Versions

Some streaming versions of the US theatrical cut include the epilogue voiceover from the international cut (with "This story shall also be told" voiced incongruously over the text "....but that is another story"). See more »

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something of a mixed bag
31 August 2002 | by General_CromwellSee all my reviews

It took a long time for Robert E Howard's wonderful creation to make it to the big screen,and the result is something of a mixture.Some of Conan is very impressive,with the atmosphere of Howard's writing perfectly captured on screen,but some of the film is badly misjudged,with daft moments,botched action,and an uneven performance from schwarzenneger.He looks the part but in some scenes comes across as a muscle bound buffoon.Something the literary hero definitely wasn't.The story is ok,apart from having Conan spend half his life chained to the wheel of pain!But it's a dissapointing script,considering greats Milius and Oliver Stone wrote it.There are some excellent sequences in the film though,that are beautifully photographed.The opening attack on conans village is impressive,and Conans encounter with a weird witch is pretty good.But best of all is the orgy sequence,where the action,sets,and music blend together perfectly.It's like a Frank Frazetta painting come to life!The climactic battle of the mounds is ok,but it's all over far to quickly.The film does look good with some gorgeous photography,and set design.Best of all though,is the music by Basil Poledouris.This is an absolutely stunning score,that really captures the savage world of Conan.I'll stick my neck out and say that it's the best film soundtrack ever composed!General Cromwell,over and out.


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USA | Mexico | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conan the Barbarian See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,603,139, 16 May 1982

Gross USA:

$39,565,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,851,475
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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