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Conan the Barbarian

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Milius

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About the Movie

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the original action-packed epic adventure Conan the Barbarian. Following his parents’ savage murder, young Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured by the cold-blooded Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and spends the next fifteen years in agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter. Rather than allowing this brutal fate to conquer him, Conan builds an incomparable body and an indomitable spirit—both of which he needs when he suddenly finds himself a free man. Aided by his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), Conan sets out to solve the “riddle of steel,” seize ultimate power and, finally, take revenge on the warlord who killed his family.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Conan the Barbarian is an extremely long, frequently incoherent, ineptly staged adventure-fantasy set in a prehistoric past. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Nov 17, 2014

Fresh: Not since Bambi's mother was killed has there been a cannier movie for kids than Conan the Barbarian. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Even 17 years after its release, Conan the Barbarian still weaves a spell capable of ensorcelling fans of fantasy adventure. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

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Customer Reviews

FINALLY ON ITUNES! A MASTERPIECE of the time and the genre and a star-making performance by Arnold.

This is like reviewing Robocop or Star Wars. It's a classic and anyone with a clue knows it. The score, the action and the personality of this film are bad to the bone. Inspiring, brutal and endlessly entertaining. Just awesome.

5 Stars

The casting was nearly perfect. The score was brilliant. If only the series could have continued at this level of quality. As far as I'm concerned, this is the top of the genre and is a 5 star film. Contemplate this on the tree of woe!


The best movie ever, I now know the riddle of steel.