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.
John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures.
Milius was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Elizabeth (née Roe) and William Styx Milius, who was a shoe manufacturer. Milius attempted to join the Marine Corps in the late 1960s, but was rejected due to chronic asthma. He ascribes his fascination with guns and the military to this disappointment.
A former student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, Milius started his movie career in a student film contest in 1967, taking first prize for his entry Marcello I’m Bored. Milius wrote, co-wrote or directed the films Jeremiah Johnson (with Edward Anhalt), Dirty Harry (uncredited), Apocalypse Now, Dillinger, Magnum Force, The Wind and the Lion, Rough Riders, Big Wednesday, 1941, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Farewell to the King, Flight of the Intruder, the TNT feature Motorcycle Gang, Geronimo… read more
By Crom this film was so much fun. It's undoubtedly my favourite Arnie role. And the soundtrack deserves a mention everytime the film is brought up, elevates the film to to an even higher status. Basil completely nailed it.
One day I'm going to lock myself into my bedroom with a fifth of the cheapest tequila I can find and watch this while playing AC/DC's "Back in Black." I'm certain that it'll sync up like Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" does with The Wizard of Oz.
The Schwarzenegger/Milius commentary track on the DVD is occasionally astonishing, although if you take a drink every time Arnold says 'Look at this' or 'Look at that' your liver should be the color and texture of creamed corn by the time he gets around to talking about how fun the scene where the witch seduces him really was
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