Arnold Schwarzenegger morphs into a Mongol and crushes bones, bashes brains and saves humanity from ultimate destruction in the original 1982 heavy-metal action classic, Conan the Barbarian!
“A truly epic piece of action-heavy myth-making.”- Clark Collis, Empire
When his mother and father are killed by a horde of rampaging warriors sent by the evil sorcerer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), the young Conan is sent to a slave camp where he toils for years on The Wheel of Pain. The Wheel of Pain seems to have as its only purpose the building up of Conan’s muscles, so it’s no huge surprise that Conan eventually grows up to be Arnold Schwarzenegger (in one of his first starring roles). As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient art of brutal combat. Transforming himself into a loincloth-wearing killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom. Along the way, he makes some powerful allies, including the thieves Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) and Subota (Gerry Lopez), and discovers that Thulsa Doom is the leader of a mysterious snake cult. Naturally, Conan wants to trek off to Doom’s mountain retreat to place the villain’s head on a pointy stick, but he’s prevented from doing so by King Osrik (Max Von Sydow), who wants Conan and Company to rescue his daughter, who has joined Doom’s snake cult. Much sweat, savagery and giant snake action ensues. Perhaps the gold standard for all sword-and-sorcery flicks of the last 40 years, Conan the Barbarian is epic action cinema at its most “barbarian!” (Dir. by John Milius, 1982, USA, 129 mins., Rated R)