Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

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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 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: 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: 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: 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.

Visible crew/equipment: After Conan is set free from slavery he finds a cave where he removes a sword. When he climbs out of the cave you'll notice someone's hands near his feet pushing up his shackles. (00:29:25)

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Subotai: Food. Food. I have not eaten for days.
Conan: And who says you will?

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Trivia: Arnie actually had to modify his workout because he was unable to wield a broadsword properly.


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Question: When Conan is learning how to use a sword, why did the teacher slap Conan in the face and then kick the other student in the chest?

Answer: Like an Army Drill Sargent, he was berating them for not doing it better. Toughening them to become the best they could be.

Also, the other student laughs at Conan's punishment, so the teacher kicks him to teach him some humility.

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