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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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CastArnold Schwarzenegger, Max von Sydow, Mako, Sven Ole Thorsen, James Earl Jones, William Smith, Akio Mitamura, Gerry Lopez, Ben Davidson, Jorge Sanz, Sandahl Bergman, Valerie Quennessen, Cassandra Gaviola, Gary Herman, Erick Holmey, Jack Taylor, Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Nadiuska, Leslie Foldvary, Franco Columbu, Luis Barboo
DirectorJohn Milius
Genre:  Action, Adventure
Release Date:  May 14, 1982
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterOliver Stone, John Milius
DVD Release Date:  February 24, 1998
Runtime:  129 minutes
Studio:  Universal Studios
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review by . May 01, 2006
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Altho it's been over twenty years since I have first laid my five year old eyes on Conan, this movie is still a very large part of my life, my movie choices and who I am in general. Like so many people who have reviewed it here, seeing this at a young age really sticks to a young brain as it's still my favorite movie of all time.    What is magnificent about Conan the Barbarian? The basic story is of a child who's whole village has perished under a powerful sorcerer's genocide …
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