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“This was the movie that made Arnold.  To be honest with you, I don't remember what it was about.  I just know I liked it.”
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Conan the Barbarian, the movie that turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a global superstar, is a prime example of a match made in heaven. It's the movie that macho maverick writer-director John Milius was born to make, and Arnold was genetically engineered for his role as the muscle-bound, angst-ridden hero created in Robert E. Howard's pulp novels. Oliver Stone contributed to Milius's screenplay, and the production design by comic artist Ron Cobb represents a perfect cinematic realization of Howard's fantasy world. To avenge the murder of his parents, Conan tracks down the evil Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) with the help of Queen Valeria (played by buff B-movie vixen Sandahl Bergman) and Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez). Aptly described by critic Roger Ebert as "the perfect fantasy for the alienated pre-adolescent," this blockbuster is just as enjoyable for adults who haven't lost their youthful imagination.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: John Milius
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 14, 1982
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Oliver Stone, John Milius
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
Runtime: 129 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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