A generation of tough-guy action movies were defined in 1982 with the release of Conan The Barbarian to theaters. Now, multiple decades later, you can see all of Arnie’s muscles up close as Conan and his sword return to the big screen for two nights only, courtesy of Fathom Events.
After the release of Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger became the default action movie hero for the next ten years, a position that would be solidified with 1984’s The Terminator. It was eventually just assumed at some point that any action movie would include a guy with an Austrian accent in the lead (either that or a mumbling, incoherent man who looked like Rocky). It all started here.
Following his parents’ savage murder, young Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured by the cold-blooded Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) and spends the next fifteen years in agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter. Rather than allowing this brutal fate to conquer him, Conan builds an incomparable body and an indomitable spirit — both of which he needs when he suddenly finds himself a free man. Aided by his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), Conan sets out to solve the “riddle of steel,” seize ultimate power and, finally, take revenge on the warlord who killed his family.
Conan The Barbarian returns to theaters December 12 and 13. Fathom says the new screening will include “bonus content never-before-seen on the big screen,” though they didn’t specify what that could be. Tickets are on sale now and you can find the showing nearest you through this link.