Arnold Schwarzenegger may have ventured out in clothes many times since this movie, but here’s how fans first remember him: bare and belted, a Nordic superman justified in his use of force to avenge his parents’ deaths.
Director John Milius quotes Nietzsche and ladles on the fantasy atmosphere with a Wagnerian flourish that’s too heavyweight and humourless for its own, and Big Arnie’s, good. But the movie looks fabulous . . . rather like Arnie himself
Although her outfit is revealing throughout the entire film, the scene where Sandahl Bergman disrobes must surely rank up there as one of the greatest nude scenes of all time.
Followed by a 1984 sequel, Conan The Destroyer.
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