Conan the Barbarian

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Conan's mother is killed, we see her using both hands to hold her sword toward Thulsa Doom and his men. The camera cuts to young Conan and he is holding her right hand. When the camera cuts back to her, she is holding the sword with both hands again.

Mark Bernhard

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Suggested correction: It's not an inmediate shot, there's plenty of time in between for her to change the grip.

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Continuity mistake: When Valeria climbs down the ropes of the serpent tower she is twisted in the ropes. When it cuts she is climbing properly down.


Continuity mistake: In the first match we see Conan fight he kills his opponent and drops him on the ground with his back first. When it cuts he lands on his stomach. (00:18:45)


Continuity mistake: When Thorgrim gets the wooden spike through his body, a fist full of blood splashes on the rocks behind him. The blood is suddenly gone in some shots. (01:48:30)


Continuity mistake: Another one from the beginning of the film when Conan's mother is killed. Conan's mother is holding a sword, protecting her son. Thulsa Doom climbs down from his horse, takes off his helmet, and casts some kind of spell on her with his eyes. She lowers her sword and Doom slowly turns away, then spins quickly and cuts off her head. When the camera cuts to a longer shot, we see that Doom is about 15 feet away from her, much too far to reach her with a 3 foot sword.

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Continuity mistake: In the orgy scene towards the end, when the three companions rescue the princess, Valeria swings herself over a wall, rather noisily disturbing a hanging chain behind her with her foot. Some thief! In the next return shot to her position, however, the chain is absolutely still.

Continuity mistake: Just after his meeting with Moko (the "wizard"), Conan gets some flowers to take with him to the Mountain of Power. The color of the flowers change from scene to scene (they start out purple, but when Conan arrives at the base of the Mountain of Power, they're white/yellow) Note: this isn't a matter of Conan needing to get more flowers because of the great distance between the mounds (where the wizard lives) and the mountain of power. The scene transition from the Mounds to the Mountain of Power suggest a day's travel, and similarly Doom takes about a day to get to the Mounds from the Mountain of Power after Conan steals the princess. Flowers don't wilt and need replacing in a day's time.

Continuity mistake: After Conan comes down from Valeria's funeral pyre, you see him throw down the torch he used to light it and everyone is in the dark. The film then cuts to a long distance shot from behind the rocks to show Valeria's pyre exploding again and you can see the torch in Conan's hand.

Continuity mistake: When Conan is captured and Thulsa scolds him for killing his snake, Conan's cloth is in rags by his elbow. Then in a close-up the cloth is not that torn apart and it's over his shoulder. Then a baddie rips it and back to a wide angle with the cloth in rags by Conan's elbow again. The close-up angle should've come first of all.

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Continuity mistake: When Conan enters the witch's place and she throws something in the fireplace, he has his hand by his mouth. When the angle changes it's further away, next to his right shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: When Conan is inside the cave and finds the sword, he turns his left hand around to grab the handle, but a shot later from a different angle his hand is in a totally different position, holding the sword from someplace else.

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Continuity mistake: After Conan ends fighting in the ring he takes his hand to his neck, hair covering it. A shot later his hand is over his hair.

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Continuity mistake: When Conan is about to climb into the tunnel that leads to the snake pit, he has a dagger and on his back his sword, but when he is inside the snake pit, the sword is gone.


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King Osric: What daring! What outrageousness! What insolence! What arrogance... I salute you.

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Question: Is it ever explained why Conan was released from slavery?

Answer: Not in the movies, but in the original books. He escaped by grinding his chain between two millstones until it broke.


Answer: Conan was an undefeated fighter in the pit, who made his owner very wealthy and powerful. The look on his owner's face was of sadness and gratitude. He earned his freedom.

That...and Redbeard was growing fearful of Conan.

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