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John Milius's jingoistic direction and pulpy screenplay fit perfectly into this film version of the Robert E. Howard fantasy story of the sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. Complementing Mulius's heavy metal production is Arnold Schwarzenegger's leaden acting, which in any other context would be deadly, but here (as in The Terminator) corresponds nicely with the whole sonorous project. The story begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on ...

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Racehorse

Mar 3, 2011

A Sweeping, Classic Epic

Conan the Barbarian stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his finest roles, as Conan, orphaned and enslaved as a child by the evil, snake cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones).

Conan is aided in his quest for revenge by the beautiful Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), a savvy swordswoman whose character is one of the best ever female swashbucklers portrayed on film, and the wily Subotai (Gerry Lopez), a cunning thief and Conan's loyal, upbeat companion.

Stunning scenery and an exceptionally beautiful soundtrack by composer Basil Poledouris combine to make this a must-see epic adventure. Also worth watching for actor William Smith's brief cameo as Conan's father.

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