Conan the Barbarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in his breakout role as Conan, who -- after his parents are killed by an evil sorcerer (James Earl Jones) -- is sent to a slave camp, where he trains to be a gladiator. Once granted freedom, the bruiser seeks to avenge his parents' deaths. This pure swords-and-sorcery epic is one of the best of its kind, sparking a wave of fantasy films (as well as a sequel) in the early 1980s.
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- John Milius
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1983 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Actor nominee: Arnold Schwarzenegger
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono
English SDHClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 5.1 HD, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that -- even though Conan is a star in his own long-running series of Marvel Comics books -- there's R-level sex and bloodshed in the form of sword impalings, torture, dog attacks, bloody axings, and gladiatorial beat-downs (even of animals). There's female nudity, too, as a young, enslaved Conan is "bred" with unwilling females like cattle and enjoys a very physical relationship with his love interest, a beautiful thief. Not that most viewers will notice amidst the hard-R content, but the movie also contains some anti-religious themes.
- Sexual Content
- Sex and partial nudity. Topless and nearly naked slave girls and tavern wenches, entwined in palace orgies, sacrificed to cults and tossed to Conan to procreate (and he cooperates). Conan has softcore sex with his lover Valeria, and there are strong overtures of homosexuality in a character of a cult priest.
- Bloody sword impalings, a crucifixion, a dog attack, body parts in a cannibalistic stew, and bloody beheadings, including one of the child Conan's mother. Conan punches out a camel, not a great moment for animal rights onscreen, and dismembers a monster snake.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Conan is more "heroic" than just about every character on view in that he isn't wantonly cruel. Still, he's revenge-driven and merciless in battle. His companions and friends are thieves and outcast wizards. The barbaric time-period is multicultural, with most colors, races, and genders in the fighting (though women tend to be gorgeous, thin, and half-naked, as a rule).
- A line of Conan comic books and paperback novelizations, before and after this feature, hacked their savage trail through the marketplace.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Conan and his lover get notably drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it