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Conan the Barbarian
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Following his parents' savage murder, young Conan (Arnold 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.
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The soundtracks are awesome Basil Poledouris has to be thanked for that. That sets the feel of the movie and compensates for any little flaws that might occur in the acting. The movie is carried to a great degree by the soundtracks.
Speaking of soundtracks today's film music composers re-hash the same tunes over and over again. This movie could serve as a standard against such lazy music found in today's movies.
Anyway back on track. This movie will speak closest to those of a free spirit, who have the spirit of the barbarian deep within them.
The music is epic and one of the all-time great scores. The cinematography is frequently stunning. Milius doesn’t treat his subject matter flippantly just because it is masculine; hence great scenes like Conan and Subotai quietly discussing religion over their campfire and Subotai saying that he cries for Conan because, as a Cimmerian, Conan will not cry. The movie is so primal, and has so many beautiful little artistic touches, that I love it as much as an adult as I did seeing it the first time as a kid.