Conan the Barbarian

1982

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67% · 42 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74% · 100K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.9/10 10 162723 162.7K

Director

Top cast

Max von Sydow as King Osric
James Earl Jones as Thulsa Doom
Franco Columbu as Pictish Scout
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951.68 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 9 min
Seeds 34
1.98 GB
1920*816
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 9 min
Seeds 86
6.13 GB
3840*2160
English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
2 hr 10 min
Seeds 45

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dave13-1 7 / 10

Under-appreciated classic

When Conan came out in 1981, critics griped about its elephantine pacing and ponderous dialogue, and long stretches in which nothing much happened, giving evidence that they expected traditional action- adventure in the vein of, say, Sinbad. But director John Milius had set out to create something very different: an epic Aryan myth which translated the qualities of Wagnerian opera to cinema, and in large part he succeeded.

Conan has a sweeping epic feel, and is heavily dependent upon and driven by its setting and music to a degree that is very rare. As important as the deeds of the legendary hero, which are shown in brief and violent spurts of action, are the place and the culture that shaped that legend. The journey that created the myth, in short, is equal to the myth itself, and this is the logic and justification for the setting-heavy approach taken by Milius. And Basil Poledouris' wonderful music, which starts out Wagnerian and brassy, but adds middle Eastern touches as Conan's journey takes him in that direction, tracks along with Conan to show up the breadth of his epic journey while celebrating his heroic achievements.

Ultimately the story that gets told is somewhat less worthy of Milius' Wagnerian ambitions than are the music and the visuals, but the overall results more than justify the effort, especially when compared to the Italian sword and sandal knock-offs which followed this much copied but never equaled classic of the fantasy genre.

Reviewed by dworldeater 10 / 10

What is best in film

With 1982 classic Conan The Barbarian, writer/director John Milius and champion bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger not only made the best fantasy adventure movie of the 1980's, but also one of the finest motion pictures ever. I applaud director John Milius's choices. Although unconventional, he made them work. Casting many non actors with Arnold as the lead was one of them. What Arnold lacked in acting skills, he more than made up for with presence, charisma and the ambition and dedication to succeed. His million dollar physique and massive athleticism did'nt hurt either. Plus Milius, made the best use of the rest of the cast. James Earl Jones brings class and menace to evil cult leader Thulsa Doom. Max Von Sydow has a brief but memorable cameo as King Osric. Although definitely in the fantasy realm, most of what is contained in the film is authentic and realistic. In this period(the early 80's)many of these type of films were taken less seriously by those that made them and were very campy and tongue in cheek. The tone of this film is pretty serious. While there are a few one liners and some humor sprinkled around, this project has a deadly serious theme of revenge and Conan is a product of tragedy and violence. The film looks sharp and the sets, costumes and weapons are all top notch. The action choreography is fluent and the fight scenes look great. Basil Poledouris's epic score is truly the best and helps carry along the story with little dialogue. It also gives the film an operatic quality that makes the film more powerful and gives it a lot of class as well. Conan The Barbarian is a timeless classic that holds up well. John Milius is truly a genius and one of the most underrated filmmakers of our time.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8 / 10

The role Arnie was born to play.

Directed by John Milius, this hugely entertaining slice of sword and sorcery is epic stuff from start to finish, opening with Conan as a young boy witnessing the slaughter of his tribe by the evil snake-cult leader Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and his henchmen, charting Conan's subsequent life as a slave, a gladiator, and a thief, and following him as he and his loyal friend Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and sexy squeeze Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) travel to Thulsa Doom's mountain lair to rescue a king's daughter and exact a little revenge.

As an actor, five times Mr. Universe and seven times Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger might only be slightly less wooden than The Tree of Woe to which he is nailed, but with more muscle mass in one arm than the average man has in his entire body, he makes a perfect Conan the Barbarian. As expected, Arnold mauls his dialogue like he's chewing on a vulture's neck, but he gives the role everything he's got, especially when it comes to swinging a sword and slicing up men like they're so much Extrawurst. Arnie flexes his muscles, blood and limbs fly in all directions, and Hollywood's greatest action star is born.

Milius's film might threaten to become mired by a sense of self importance at times, but with bags of atmosphere, superb production design by Ron Cobb, and stunning cinematography, plus oodles of brutal hacking and slashing, all accompanied by a breath-taking symphonic score by Basil Poledouris, Arnie's first major movie ultimately emerges triumphant.

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