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April 6, 2018
This is my favorite movie of all time. It's certainly one of the best ever made, and certainly very unique as well. Forget who is in the movie, see it for the art that it is, and you'll have a good time.

The movie is so unique because it's driven by music much more so than most films. It's basically an opera. The source material is highly respected by Milius as well. Most scenes in the movie can be traced back to a part of an original R.E. Howard Conan story. Many of the story elements Milius used are in 3 stories in the book anthology called "The Bloody Crown of King Conan."

It will never be topped in this genre and the film is perfect. The only issue I have with it is the latter home releases of the film. The original US cut of the ending is much better in my opinion, I understand that some felt that the European ending made more sense for the plot, but it lacks the ambiance of the US version.

Arnold is at his absolute best here. He had to be in order to have the movie career he built on the success of this film. I consider it mostly a legitimate acting performance in that he did his job to absolute perfection. The role was made for Arnold, and he was made for it,
March 19, 2018
Testosterone fueled man kills darth vader as a snake
March 4, 2018
One of the best and most tragically underrated of all fantasy films. Faithful in spirit but not in letter to R. E. Howard's short fiction, it at least captures the bleak brutality, unyeilding warrior ethos, political incorrectness, and philosophical depth of his vision, without a shred of post-modern irony. The sets are amazing, and Basil Poledoris' phenomenal orchestral score is among the best ever written.
January 20, 2018
Pretty awesome, but a little slow & not much at the very end.
January 9, 2018
One of the great movies ever made. Top 5 fir sure. Along with the thing wow also 1982, manhunter 86, star wars 78, and mad max the road warrior.....
½ January 8, 2018
Arnie's first big role. This is a great action film plain and simple.
½ December 27, 2017
I'm a great fan of REH works so what is lacking here is something much of coherence to its work, which is instead taken here and there to fit into the idea of the movie. I'm one of those who believe this can give some pain to some fan.
But this has to be put in right perspective and cannot take so down the judgement on this movie. This was a masterpiece, with action, real FANTASY scene, in characters and in storyline, great special effects, and iconic characters and quotes. Something everyone loves in a movie of this kind, as I do.
December 24, 2017
Probably along with star was IV the best single movie ever made. A man starts with nothing and gets revenge on the religious overlord commnuist dictator. Has comedy and Arnold in his prime who seems born to play he role. Has the wise ass ruff edge of the 80s that is so missed from modern jiizfests fo political correctness.
½ October 4, 2017
So the film really surprised me. Large parts of the film come out completely without words one understands nevertheless all the Derby is not really great but very fast to savvy and very linear. The fights are really good that is a really crassy male film but nevertheless all the women that can be found in there so also strike all SWJ and the the claim there are no strong women characters should necessarily look at this movie here and listen to the music the best I have ever heard in my life.
jamrcla
Super Reviewer
September 21, 2017
The movie that put Arnold on the map to becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, The film itself is ok, Nothing brilliant but for its year it was pretty fun, Maybe not as fun as it should of been, It had some good and bloody action scenes and the effects were pretty good for its day, Just your typical revenge plot and it's not greatly acted, Arnold did ok but his main acting goal was to flex whenever the camera was on him, Although what's not to love about him knocking out a camel with one punch or biting off the neck of a vulture (Great stuff) It's a film that just about stands the test of time mainly due to the fact it's the film that created the legend Mr. Schwarzenegger.
September 4, 2017
Ok action packed movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and some other random people that are not famous. I didn't think this movie was good in any way,i was bored maybe 25 minutes of this movie. The action sucked and everything else was cheesy. How is this movie considered a classic, I don't think so.
August 9, 2017
While much of its content may be questionable along with some uneven acting, Conan manages to be a strong contender as a fantasy film thanks to the cinematography, action sequences, and unforgettable music score by Basil Poledouris.
½ August 6, 2017
Only Arnold could have done justice to this role. The perfect blend of role and actor. The movie that made him a legend in Hollywood.
July 3, 2017
Fantastic!, authentic, original, (one thing worth noting - it is not an "easy-action-adventurer" such as the sequel... ..for that reason I would give it a middle 80's score, whereas the sequel is actually deserving of a higher 90's score)
½ June 20, 2017
An excessively brutal adventure comic book is exactly what it has set out to be - a medieval Heavy Metal.
May 15, 2017
The most epic soundtrack in the history of cinema; Basil Poledouris was a fucking genius. Whoever did the score for Lord of the Rings or any other fantasy movie doesn't come even close. The movie would be a pale shadow without the score, even though the action is great, and the characters are memorable, almost zany. It's like a late-night session of DnD, replete with evil wizards, musclebound barbarians, valkyries and sneaky archers. Conan the Barbarian hearkens back to an age when men were men, disagreements were violent and bloody, and martial prowess meant everything. It's a classic revenge story set in the Hyborian age that is sure to leave all adrenaline junkies thoroughly pumped. An underappreciated masterpiece.
April 4, 2017
pseudo-classic film, features great costume and photography from the seventies era crew, instead of the slick, commercial-appeal look of 80's action and fantasy era pictures. As has been said before, film flirts with distinctly fascist overtones throughout - eugenics, the breeding of an illiterate warrior class, fundamentalist cults, quotes from Nietzsche on the power and dominance of strength. The film's great score and visual style aren't really matched by it's lead though, as Schwarzenegger is unable to bring much drama, pathos or depth to his role as an orphaned warrior child seeking revenge. Really, the most emotive sequences are created by the films soundtrack and stylized set pieces, and there's not much of a story arc to build the film into a legitimate "epic" ala Lawrence of Arabia. Oliver Stone who wrote for the movie envisaged a series of powerhouse action-fantasy films appearing every two-three years with Schwarzenegger as the lead, but the series was followed by a garbage sequel, additionally, the fan base ridiculed Arnold's dialogue and acting chops, giving him a Razzie or whatever it is for worst actor of 1982.
March 24, 2017
Liked this one, it was a good movie.
March 10, 2017
The acting is just horrible. The story is alright as there is a bit of a mystery with the cult but it doesn't go too deep. The action is alright. Overall it's a semi decent movie with no real plot and very bad acting.
January 23, 2017
Appallingly bad. Very disappointing for those seeking an enchanting fantasy. The acting was terrible and the nudity was in poor taste. The plot was lost on me. Overrated! (First and only viewing - 5/13/2010)
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