Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman
John Milius (Director), John Milius (Screenplay), Oliver Stone (Screenplay), Edward Summer (Story)
Release: May 14th, 1982
Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes
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. The story begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of...
I can't find a lot of people who will agree with me on this, but there's got to be someone who thinks the same out there. Sweeping vistas, epic battles, revenge plot, inspired soundtrack, early Olive...
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Even if Milius doesn't admit it in the special features, I find the ending of Conan the Barbarian to be Milius's way of trying to improve upon Coppola's ending of Apocalypse Now, and he succeeds because the ending of Apocalypse Now pretty much relegates THAT film to the state of mediocre.
It's not that he's unaware of how Conan feels, he just sees it through his warped world view, going on to point out how his drive for revenge is what gave him strength, in the same way an angry father would point out how much he gave his son.