Conan the Barbarian (film)

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Conan the Barbarian (Universal Studios, 1982) is a feature length film based on the character Conan created by Robert E. Howard.

Directed by: John Milius.Written by: John Milius, and Oliver Stone
Thief. Warrior. Gladiator. King. (taglines)

Conan's Father

  • Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky, but Crom is your god. Crom, and he lives in the earth. Once giants lived in the earth, Conan, and in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered, and the earth shook, and fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters. But in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield, and we who found it, are just men, not gods, not giants, just men. And the secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan, you must learn its discipline, for no one, no one in this world can you trust, not men, not women, not beasts, this you can trust. [points to his sword]
    • Conan's father explaining to him the mystery of steel.


  • Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that today, two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you Crom, so grant me this one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!
  • He is strong. If I die I have to go before him, and he will ask me "What is the riddle of steel?" And if I don't know it he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me! That's Crom - strong in his mountain!
    • to Subotai about Crom, his god
  • For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.
    • This line is in the extended version of the film.

King Osric

  • There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child.


  • He is Conan, The Cimmerian, he won't cry. So I cry for him.
  • Civilization...ancient and wicked.

The Wizard

  • Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And onto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!
  • He did not care any more... life and death... the same. Only that the crowd would be there to greet him with howls of lust and fury. He began to realize his sense of worth... he mattered. In time, his victories could not easily be counted... he was taken to the east, a great prize, where the war masters would teach him the deepest secrets. Language and writing were also made available, the poetry of Kitai, the philosophy of Sung; and he also came to know the pleasures of women, when he was bred to the finest stock. But, always, there remained the discipline of steel.
  • The children of Doom...Doom's children. They told my lord the way to the Mountain of Power. They told him to throw down his sword and return to the earth. Hah! Time enough for the earth in the grave.

Thulsa Doom

  • My child, you have come to me, my son. For who now is your father if it is not me? I am the well spring, from which you flow. When I am gone, you will have never been. What would your world be, without me? My son.
  • You broke into my house, stole my property, murdered my servants, and my PETS! And that is what grieves me the most! You killed my snake. Thorgrim is beside himself with grief! He raised that snake from the time it was born.
  • Contemplate this on the Tree of Woe. Crucify him
  • Infidel defilers. They shall all drown in lakes of blood. Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they will learn why they fear the night.


  • Do you want to live forever?
  • All my life I've been alone. Many times I've faced death with no one to know. I would look into the huts and the tents of others in the coldest dark and I would see figures holding each other in the night. But I always passed by.
  • All the gods, they cannot sever us. If I were dead and you were still fighting for life, I'd come back from the darkness. Back from the pit of hell to fight at your side.
  • To the hellfires with Thulsa Doom. He's evil; a sorcerer who can summon demons. His followers' only purpose is to die in his service... Thousands of them.


Khitan General: We have won again. This is good! But what is best in life?
Khitan Warrior: The open steppe, a fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Khitan General: Wrong! Conan, what is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!
Khitan General: That is good.
(Note that this is actually a paraphrased quote from Genghis Khan)

Subotai: Food. Food! I have not eaten for days.
Conan: And who says you will?
Subotai: Give me food so I have strength when the wolves come. Let me die not in hunger, but in combat.
Conan: Who are you?
Subotai: I am Subotai - thief and archer. I am Arcadian, the great order of Krelath.
Conan: So what are you doing here?
Subotai: (holds up chains) Dinner for wolves. (they both laugh)

Conan: The riddle... of steel.
Thulsa Doom: Yes! You know what it is, don't you, boy? Shall I tell you? It's the least I can do. Steel isn't strong boy, flesh is stronger! Look around you. There, on the rocks; that beautiful girl. Come to me my child...
[The acolyte plunges from the rock to her death.]
Thulsa Doom: THAT is strength, boy! THAT is power! The strength and power of flesh! What is steel, compared to the hand that wields it? Look at the strength in your body, the desire in your heart, I gave you this! Such a waste. Contemplate this on the tree of woe. Crucify him!

Conan: Crom laughs at your four winds. Laughs from his mountain
Subotai: Ha, my god is stronger--he is the everlasting sky. Your good lives underneath it.


  • Thief. Warrior. Gladiator. King.
  • He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands.

Major Cast

Arnold SchwarzeneggerConan
James Earl JonesThulsa Doom
Max von SydowKing Osric
Sandahl BergmanValeria
Cassandra GavaThe Witch
Gerry LopezSubotai
MakoThe Wizard/Narrator


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