Conan the Barbarian, the movie that turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a global superstar, is a prime example of a match made in heaven. It’s the movie that macho maverick writer-director John Milius was born to make, and Arnold was genetically engineered for his role as the muscle-bound, angst-ridden hero created in Robert E. Howard’s pulp novels. Oliver Stone contributed to Milius’s screenplay, and the production design by comic artist Ron Cobb represents a perfect cinematic realization of Howard’s fantasy world. To avenge the murder of his parents, Conan tracks down the evil Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) with the help of Queen Valeria (played by buff B-movie vixen Sandahl Bergman) and Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez). Aptly described by critic Roger Ebert as "the perfect fantasy for the alienated pre-adolescent," this blockbuster is just as enjoyable for adults who haven’t lost their youthful imagination. —Jeff Shannon
About Conan the Barbarian 1982
Starring: Max von Sydow, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen, James Earl Jones, William Smith, Franco Columbu, Dragon Dronet, Jack Taylor, Sandahl Bergman, Erik Holmey, Mako, Luis Barboo, Pilar Alcón, Akio Mitamura, Kiyoshi Yamasaki, Corrie Jansen, Celia Milius, John Milius, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopez, Valérie Quennessen, Leslie Foldvary, Gary Herman, Nadiuska, Jorge Sanz, Florencio Amarilla, Ron Cobb, Donald Gibb, Andrea Guzon
Director: John Milius
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