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Conan the Barbarian


Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman View All


John Milius (Director), John Milius (Screenplay), Oliver Stone (Screenplay), Edward Summer (Story) View All

Released: 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...
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mark f
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.
Conan The Barbarian is not a film with the greatest of acting or storytelling, it's a pure action flick (underneath the swords and magic exterior) and unsurprisingly Arnie does well in it.
The Gnat
This is mainly because it is so hard to take Arnold seriously because of his wonderful accent, and the film doesn't even take itself seriously the whole time because of the facial expressions that Arnold gives.