Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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Corrected entry: In the beginning Conan's father is killed. His sword strikes the ground and visibly bends, wobbling back and forth. Not likely with a solid metal sword.


Correction: Actually quite likely. Owning a number of swords myself (including the Conan replica blade), I can tell you that this is quite common for hilt-heavy blades. It's not the blade wobbling. It's the weight of the blade and the force that it hit the ground with compacting the ground and bouncing up.


Corrected entry: "Young" Conan and "adult" Conan are frequently seen with lipstick on the lips. There was no lipstick during the Hyperborian Age.

Correction: First, the Hyperborian Age is mythical, but besides that, lipstick has been used since Biblical times. Not lipstick as we know it, but coloring the lips with berry stains and such was not unheard of even in early Roman times, in what we refer to as BC era.


Corrected entry: When Thulsa Doom shoots the snake arrow after Conan and his companions rescue the princess, it hits Valeria in her right side and you even see the arrow as she is climbing off the horse. The next shot shows Conan removing the snake from her left side as she is lying on the ground.

Correction: This is not a mistake. The arrow is oriented correctly from Valeria's right exiting through her left. Conan pulls the arrow completely through.

Corrected entry: If we consider that a "line" is one or more sentences without an interruption, Arnold says 39 lines in the whole movie. He mentions Crom in four of them and in one sentence twice.

Correction: The number of lines an actor has in a film is not trivia.

Corrected entry: The king tells Conan that his daughter is on her way East to the Mountain of Power. When Conan breaks bread with the wizard, by the Western shores of the sea, the sun sets over the water, which would be to the east.

Correction: If they are on the western shores, and the sun is setting in the west, over water, this is correct.

Corrected entry: In the opening scene where the sword is pulled from the hot coals, the sword is blunt with no detail. The next shot shows the red hot sword being raised into the air, and now it's suddenly sharp with lots of hand carved detail on the blade.

Correction: It's a montage. It would take three or four months to make a sword like that, and that's a bit long in terms of film screening time.

Corrected entry: Just before Conan, Valeria and Tsubutai climb the Serpent Tower Valeria tells Conan to go first but in the next shot it's obvious that Conan is in fact third behind Tsubutai and Valeria.

Correction: Just because Conan decided he didn't want to go first does not make it a mistake.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, Conan hurls a firepot at Thulsa Doom's temple. Some moments later, we see the whole temple ablaze. Firstly, how did the fire spread so fast? And secondly, the temple was a STONE one. Unlikely that stone can catch fire and burn so quickly....

Correction: A close look at the building will show that there's quite a bit of wooden structure holding up the stone. That's what's burning (albeit with the help of some sort of accelerant to get it started). As a sidebar, it actually went up in flames before they were ready which is why they had to use the take of Arnie throwing the lamp off to the side.

Corrected entry: When Conan falls into the small temple-like place after being chased by dogs, he finds an old, dirty, rusted sword. After banging it against a rock a few times, it's suddenly a shiny sharp good-as-new-one.

Correction: It wasn't rusty, it was encased in stone. Banging it against the rock smashed the stone, freeing the preserved blade.

Corrected entry: During the battle at the ruins, Subotai runs out of arrows and is fleeing from two horsemen. Suddenly he turns, raises his bow in a firing position, and one of the pursuers falls dead. What happened? He didn't fire an arrow - he had none left.

Correction: The pursuer didnt fall dead, he thought that tsubotai had an arrow in the bow, so he was trying to avoid the arrow, reeled backward and fell off his horse.

Corrected entry: How did Subotai know where to find Conan? Conan had been hanging on the tree of woe for days, dying from exposure and dehydration. So how on earth did Subotai know where to find him? It doesn't make sense.

Correction: Conan is certainly not the first to be killed on the Tree of Woe, since it already has that ominous name. We can assume that Subotai began investigating and asking questions about what happened to his friend, and ultimately someone pointed him in the right direction.

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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Valeria: 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.

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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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