Hollywood Friday: Schwarzenegger, the original 'Conan'

Movies | | August 26, 2011, 2:38 pm
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The score for Conan the Barbarian was composed by Basil Poledouris.

The score for Conan the Barbarian was composed by Basil Poledouris.

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Jason Momoa of the 'Baywatch Hawaii' and 'Game of Thrones' fame plays Conan in the new film.

Jason Momoa of the 'Baywatch Hawaii' and 'Game of Thrones' fame plays Conan in the new film.

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The new movie also stars - Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Bob Sapp and Rachel Nichols.

The new movie also stars - Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Bob Sapp and Rachel Nichols.

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As a young Cimmerian boy, Conan is shown the sword that his father just crafted, and is then instructed by his father on the importance of steel to their people and its relationship with their god, Crom.

As a young Cimmerian boy, Conan is shown the sword that his father just crafted, and is then instructed by his father on the importance of steel to their people and its relationship with their god, Crom.

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A group of Scythian warriors led by Thulsa Doom systematically destroys Conan's village.

A group of Scythian warriors led by Thulsa Doom systematically destroys Conan's village.

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Both Conan the Barbarian and its sequel are sword and sorcery epic tales that include magic, mythical creatures, and fantastical events.

Both Conan the Barbarian and its sequel are sword and sorcery epic tales that include magic, mythical creatures, and fantastical events.

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While the original 'Conan' - the movie that signaled the arrival of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona fide movie star - looks extremely dated nearly 30 years later, it still functions just fine as both an epic adventure tale and an admitted guilty pleasure.

While the original 'Conan' - the movie that signaled the arrival of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona fide movie star - looks extremely dated nearly 30 years later, it still functions just fine as both an epic adventure tale and an admitted guilty pleasure.

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The original 'Conan the Barbarian' had certain things going for it - massive sets, visual style and and its own philosophy.

The original 'Conan the Barbarian' had certain things going for it - massive sets, visual style and and its own philosophy.

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It is the epic tale of child sold into slavery who grows into a man who seeks revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.

It is the epic tale of child sold into slavery who grows into a man who seeks revenge against the warlord who massacred his tribe.

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'Conan the Barbarian' returns to screens in a hot new 3D avatar. But the original film, made on a large budget, had a relatively inexperienced cast.

'Conan the Barbarian' returns to screens in a hot new 3D avatar. But the original film, made on a large budget, had a relatively inexperienced cast.

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Universal had released the film in several different versions: the original theatrical cut ran at 129 minutes.

Universal had released the film in several different versions: the original theatrical cut ran at 129 minutes.

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Jason Momoa may not be a household name from Hollywood yet, but neither was Arnold Schwarzenegger when he took on the title role of 'Conan the Barbarian' in 1982.

Jason Momoa may not be a household name from Hollywood yet, but neither was Arnold Schwarzenegger when he took on the title role of 'Conan the Barbarian' in 1982.

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Based on pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard's sword and sorcery fantasy stories, the 'Conan' reboot begins with the barbarian's early years when, as a young boy, he witnesses the destruction of his village and the death of his father.

Based on pulp fiction writer Robert E Howard's sword and sorcery fantasy stories, the 'Conan' reboot begins with the barbarian's early years when, as a young boy, he witnesses the destruction of his village and the death of his father.

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As an adult, Conan embarks on a personal mission to avenge the death, which then turns into an epic battle to save an entire nation from a supernatural evil.

As an adult, Conan embarks on a personal mission to avenge the death, which then turns into an epic battle to save an entire nation from a supernatural evil.

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Schwarzenegger who, at 35, was a body building champ and a relative newcomer to Hollywood movies when he took the 'Conan' role.

Schwarzenegger who, at 35, was a body building champ and a relative newcomer to Hollywood movies when he took the 'Conan' role.

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The 1982 'Conan the Barbarian' is an action-adventure fantasy film directed by John Milius.

The 1982 'Conan the Barbarian' is an action-adventure fantasy film directed by John Milius.

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It starred James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Mako, Gerry Lopez and marked the acting breakthrough of Schwarzenegger.

It starred James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Mako, Gerry Lopez and marked the acting breakthrough of Schwarzenegger.

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The screenplay of original 'Conan' stories was written by Oliver Stone and was set in the far future, with Conan battling mutants instead of primitive men.

The screenplay of original 'Conan' stories was written by Oliver Stone and was set in the far future, with Conan battling mutants instead of primitive men.

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Director John Milius combined several different Conan stories together for the 1982 ultimate beefcake movie.

Director John Milius combined several different Conan stories together for the 1982 ultimate beefcake movie.

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Schwarzenegger followed up his tough act in 'Barbarian' with a 1984 less successful sequel, 'Conan the Destroyer'.

Schwarzenegger followed up his tough act in 'Barbarian' with a 1984 less successful sequel, 'Conan the Destroyer'.