Conan the Barbarian (1982) Movie Review

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

1982 | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
129 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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Conan the Barbarian Review


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.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) is an American adventure fantasy movie that is based on 1930’s pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard‘s story. Ideas for the movie was proposed in the 1970’s, but it took two years to obtain the rights to the film. The movie took five months to film in Spain, and a lot of extreme, violent scenes were cut during editing that took over a year. Arnold Schwarzenegger performed almost all of stunts and used two types of swords that are worth $10,000 each. Director by John Milius (Apocalypse Now (1979), Magnum Force (1973), Rome (2005)) did a fabulous job directing this one of a kind movie. The movie is rate R and contains graphic sexual scenes, disturbing images, extreme violence, nudity, bloody, dark, some intense frightening scenes, suspense and great dated special effects.

Conan the Barbarian is about Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator (1984), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990), Pumping Iron (1977)) who is a young barbarian. Arnold is on a mission to revenge his parents murder at the hands of Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones - The Lion King (1994), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)) who is the leader of a snake cult. Arnold was trained in the art of war. He joined with thieves to complete a mission to find the sorcerer that is responsible for murdering his people with genocide and also to solve the riddle of steel.

I found one scene especially remarkable because it shows Conan coming close to his death and is saved from evil spirits taking him. The spirits attacking him was very intense and a sitting on the edge of your seat moment. The special effects are dated, but the special effects department did an excellent job with what they had. The special effects in this movie from the early 1980s is far better than some of the movies made today in 2015. Viewers will get chills watching Conan the Barbarian because it is one of the best adventure fantasy sword movies ever made. The movie contained very little dialogue in the beginning, but it was easy to follow the movie. It was heart breaking to see Conan’s facial expression when his mother’s lifeless body fell to the floor.The opening quote "That which does not kill us makes us stronger" is exactly what Conan lived by in the movie. The movie could not have been put together any better then it has. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his co-stars did a wonderful job with their performances. The film is not for moviegoers who love a straightforward storyline because this movie will require viewers to use their brain and think.

About Conan the Barbarian 1982

Title: Conan the Barbarian
Year: 1982
Runtime: 129 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 19 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 19
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Jack Taylor, Sab Shimono, Franco Columbu, James Earl Jones, Pilar Alcón, Dragon Dronet, Sandahl Bergman, William Smith, Erik Holmey, Kiyoshi Yamasaki, Luis Barboo, Corrie Jansen, Mako, Celia Milius, John Milius, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopez, Akio Mitamura, Valérie Quennessen, Leslie Foldvary, Gary Herman, Nadiuska, Jorge Sanz, Florencio Amarilla, Ron Cobb, Donald Gibb
Writers: Robert E. Howard, John Milius, Oliver Stone, Edward Summer
Director: John Milius

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