CONAN THE BARBARIAN

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  1. CONAN THE BARBARIAN
  1. 1982, John Milius, USA, 129 min.
  2. With Arnold Schwarzenegger,
  3. Sandahl Bergman

“A triumph of production design, set decoration, special effects and makeup...CONAN ranks right up there with the best.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Schwarzenegger got his first major role in this hugely entertaining and beautifully visualized adventure-fantasy based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp-fiction series. Set in a mythic past, the film takes its hero on a picaresque quest from orphan to slave to gladiator to avenger. Laced with dollops of sex and blood, CONAN cannily mixes pulp and prestige, the latter supplied by co-screenwriter Oliver Stone, cinematographer Jack Cardiff, actors Max von Sydow and James Earl Jones (as good and bad father-figures, respectively), and composer Basil Poledouris, whose stirring score is legendary. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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