Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the original action-packed epic adventure Conan the Barbarian. Following his parents' savage murder, young Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured by the cold-blooded Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and spends the next fifteen years in agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter. Rather than allowing this brutal fate to conquer him, Conan builds an incomparable body and an indomitable spirit both of which he needs when he suddenly finds himself a free man. Aided by his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), Conan sets out to solve the "riddle of steel, seize ultimate power and, finally, take revenge on the warlord who killed his family.


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • James Earl Jones
  • Max von Sydow
  • Sandahl Bergman
  • Ben Davidson
  • Cassandra Gava
  • Gerry Lopez
  • Mako
  • Valérie Quennessen
  • William Smith

Did You Know?


  • Sterling Hayden was first choice for the role of King Osric but became ill before shooting began.
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  • When Valeria is squatting with her back to the camera, the stitching of the rear pocket on her modern jeans is very visible.
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    • King Osric: There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child.
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I liked a lot of it myself, and with me, a few broadswords and leather jerkins go a long way.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Those who have an inherent distaste for this sort of entertainment will appreciate Conan the Barbarian's impeccable production values without enjoying the story; most everyone else will be swept away by the film's spectacle.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli