Conan the Barbarian (1982) Movie Review

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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

1982 | R | Action, Fantasy, Adventure
129 minutes / 2h 09min

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Conan the Barbarian Plot Synopsis:

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.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Review

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.

  • Conan the Barbarian Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.09
  • IMDB: 6.9
  • MetaCritic: 4.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.0

About Conan the Barbarian 1982

Title: Conan the Barbarian
Year: 1982
Runtime: 129 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.55/5 stars from 125,176 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 125,176 MPAA Rating: R
Conan the Barbarian Cast Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Jack Taylor, Sab Shimono, Franco Columbu, James Earl Jones, Pilar Alcón, Sandahl Bergman, William Smith, Erik Holmey, Kiyoshi Yamasaki, Luis Barboo, Pilar Alcón, Dragon Dronet, Cassandra Gava, Akio Mitamura, Gerry Lopez, Olvido Lorente, Valérie Quennessen, Leslie Foldvary, Gary Herman, Nadiuska, Jorge Sanz, Florencio Amarilla, Ron Cobb, Donald Gibb, Andrea Guzon, Corrie Jansen, Mako
Conan the Barbarian Writers: Robert E. Howard, John Milius, Oliver Stone
Conan the Barbarian Director: John Milius
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico