Summer of 1982

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)

Director John Milius
Year 1982
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones
Rating R
Run Time 129min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN: co-hosted by HitFix

Alamo Drafthouse is recreating the “Summer of 1982” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the greatest summer of movies… ever! From May through July, the theater will replicate 1982’s earth-shaking release schedule, screening eight of the biggest genre classics on the same weekends they were released exactly 30 years ago.

What is best in life? “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.” Truer words have never been spoken by a sadistic Mongol overlord, and they truly shaped Conan and millions of his fans. When this rampaging epic of swords and squat thrusts was unleashed at the beginning of May 1982, the declining state of post-‘70s masculinity was suddenly corrected. Arnold Schwarzenneger exploded into stardom in a hail of broken bones, dark wizardry and superhuman combat. Aided by a fearless huntress and one of his ol’ Mongol buddies, Conan will face off against the nefarious Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and battle against the enslavement of mankind. One of the most sweat-powered films you’ll ever see, and featuring the flat-out craziest giant snake in movie history. (Zack Carlson)

"When I saw CONAN THE BARBARIAN in 1982, it was the result of a hard-fought negotiation with my parents, due to the fact that (A) I was 12 years old (B) it was an R-rated film and (C) my mom had just been burned when I conned her into 'The Sword and the Sorcerer.' I had to get straight A's on a report card, and when I did, I won the right to take a group of my friends with me to see the film as my early birthday party. That night, a group of Chattanooga kids learned that it is good in life to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of the wimmen, a lesson which has served me well for the 30 years since. Also, John Milius is the man. Some people can put it on and write macho, but for Milius, this is the truth. He made this movie from the heart, and it shows. It is as beautiful and fierce and genuine today as it was then, and remains one of the gold standards for the genre." (Drew McWeeny, HITFIX)

 

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