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Conan the Barbarian

  R HD Closed Captioning

John Milius

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Plot Summary

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.

This movie is what is best in life!

Rent? No don't rent. BUY IT! Or Conan himself will crush you as his enemy, will see you driven before him, and will hear the lamentation of your women!

While this may not have been Arnold's first movie, this is the one that made him a star! It contains top notch coreography of the fight scenes, fantastic screenplay writing, stellar performances by everyone involved, and what I feel is the greatest movie soundtrack ever made. There is really no possible way to lose here.

Best music ever. This movie has it all.

I used to consider this a guilty pleasure because no one believed me when I said this movie was one of the best. It's so great to finally be able to watch it anytime I wish and find others that agree. Don't pass it up because you have preconceived ideas about what it's about. Fighting for the guys, love story for women.... it's all there.

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