Conan the Destroyer

Conan the Destroyer

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain

     
 

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Based on a character created by Robert E. Howard, this fast-paced, occasionally humorous sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas) to safely escort a teenSee more details below

Overview

Based on a character created by Robert E. Howard, this fast-paced, occasionally humorous sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas) to safely escort a teen princess (Olivia D'Abo) and her powerful bodyguard (Wilt Chamberlain) to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. Unknown to Conan, the queen plans to sacrifice the princess when she returns and inherit her kingdom after the bodyguard kills Conan. The queen's plans fail to take into consideration Conan's strength and cunning and the abilities of his sidekicks: the eccentric wizard Akiro (Mako), the wild woman Zula (Grace Jones), and the inept Malak (Tracey Walter). Together the hero and his allies must defeat both mortal and supernatural foes in this voyage to sword-and-sorcery land.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
While Conan the Destroyer is not quite the sequel fans expected to John Milius's ultimate sword-and-sorcery adventure, Conan the Barbarian, it still manages to win over an audience with its bizarre B-movie charm. Where Milius gave his adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Conan saga a dark, gritty, and deadly serious tone, this sequel, directed by Richard Fleischer, has a bright comic-book feel. Obviously intended for a younger audience weaned on He-Man cartoons, the film moves along at a rapid pace that would not be out of place in the world of Saturday-morning television. The fact that this film's audience is the young, and that this one doesn't have quite the budget of the first one, becomes apparent during a scene in which Conan fights a man in one of the worst monster masks ever seen onscreen. Also missing in this sequel is Milius's powerful dialogue, co-written by Oliver Stone, that gave Conan the Barbarian such an epic sense of scale. Despite these painfully obvious faults, the film, with co-stars like exotic '80s singer Grace Jones and basketball star Wilt Chamberlain as members of Conan's gang, is so gleefully goofy it's hard not to love. Made at a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting skills had still not caught up with his level of worldwide stardom, Conan the Destroyer makes for a fascinating reminder of when his still-new film career was as powerful as Conan himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0025192083617
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
17,200

Special Features

Theatrical Trailer; D-Box Motion Enabled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan
Grace Jones Zula
Wilt Chamberlain Bombaata
Mako Akiro "The Wizard"
Tracey Walter Malak
Sarah Douglas Queen Taramis
Olivia D'Abo Princess Jehnna
Pat Roach Mom Ape/Thoh-Amon
Jeff Corey Grand Vizier
Sven Ole Thorsen Togra
Bruce Fleischer Village Heckler
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne The Leader
Sarah Miles Actor
Valerie Quennessen The Princess

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jose Maria Alarcon Art Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Pier Luigi Basile Production Designer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Gerry Conway Original Story
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Giannetto De Rossi Makeup
Giorgio Desideri Set Decoration/Design
Stephen F. Kesten Executive Producer
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Roy Thomas Original Story,Screenwriter
Manuel Topete Sound/Sound Designer
Frank J. Urioste Editor

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