Conan the Destroyer (1984)

PG | 103 mins | Adventure, Fantasy | 29 June 1984

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HISTORY

       A 29 Dec 1982 DV news brief announced plans for the film with the working title, Conan II, and a 22 Jun 1983 HR news item referred to the production by the working title, Conan: King of Thieves.
       A 12 Apr 1984 HR article stated that principal photography began 1 Nov 1983 and concluded 10 Feb 1984 in Mexico. The motion picture reportedly shared sets with Dune (1984, see entry), also produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation for Universal Pictures.
       A 19 Jul 1984 DV brief stated that a Dallas Municipal court jury overruled the Dallas, TX, film board’s classification of the film “as not suitable for children under 16.” A 9 Jul 1984 People article reported that some scenes with Sarah Douglas as “Queen Taramis,” in which she made love with Arnold Schwarzenegger and fought with Wilt Chamberlain, were likely cut to earn a PG rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
       Referring to Conan the Barbarian (1982, see entry), the 27 Jun 1984 HR review noted that the sequel dispensed with “the heavy mythological intentions of the earlier film in favor of a jaunty sort of action adventure.”
       The production marked the feature film debut of former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain.
      The film opens with the following voice-over narration by Mako as “Akiro, the Wizard”: “Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Arius, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world. Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, sword in hand. It ... More Less

       A 29 Dec 1982 DV news brief announced plans for the film with the working title, Conan II, and a 22 Jun 1983 HR news item referred to the production by the working title, Conan: King of Thieves.
       A 12 Apr 1984 HR article stated that principal photography began 1 Nov 1983 and concluded 10 Feb 1984 in Mexico. The motion picture reportedly shared sets with Dune (1984, see entry), also produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation for Universal Pictures.
       A 19 Jul 1984 DV brief stated that a Dallas Municipal court jury overruled the Dallas, TX, film board’s classification of the film “as not suitable for children under 16.” A 9 Jul 1984 People article reported that some scenes with Sarah Douglas as “Queen Taramis,” in which she made love with Arnold Schwarzenegger and fought with Wilt Chamberlain, were likely cut to earn a PG rating from the Motion Picture Association of America.
       Referring to Conan the Barbarian (1982, see entry), the 27 Jun 1984 HR review noted that the sequel dispensed with “the heavy mythological intentions of the earlier film in favor of a jaunty sort of action adventure.”
       The production marked the feature film debut of former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain.
      The film opens with the following voice-over narration by Mako as “Akiro, the Wizard”: “Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Arius, there was an age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world. Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, sword in hand. It is I, his chronicler, who knows well his saga. Now, let me tell you of the days of high adventure.” The motion picture closes with following narration by Mako: “So it was that Conan mourned his lost Valeria. At length, he sought his adventure in distant lands and trod the jeweled thrones of the Earth beneath his sandaled feet until, at last, he found his own kingdom, and wore his crown upon a troubled brow." An onscreen statement follows the narration that reads: “… but that is another story.” End credits include the following statements: “Filmed on location in Mexico, and at the Estudios Churubusco Azteca S.A., Mexico City, with the production crew of: La Seccion de Tecnicos y Manuales del S.T.P.C.R.M”; and “The Producer would like to thank the Estate of Robert E. Howard and Conan Properties, Inc.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Sep 1984.
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Daily Variety
29 Dec 1982.
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Daily Variety
19 Jul 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 1984
p. 4.
LA Weekly
6-12 Jul 1984.
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LAHExam
29 Jun 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
29 Jun 1984
p. 1.
Motion Picture Production Digest
18 Jul 1984.
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New York Times
29 Jun 1984
p. 8.
Newsweek
2 Jul 1984.
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People
9 Jul 1984.
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Variety
27 Jun 1984
p. 19.
Village Voice
10 Jul 1984.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Dino De Laurentiis presents
An Edward R. Pressman production
A Richard Fleischer film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Cam op
Focus puller
Clapper loader
Cam maintenance
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Practical elec
Key grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Story board artist
Concept artist
Draughtsman
Draughtsman
Apprentice illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dressing
Prop master
Stand-by propman
Chief sculptor
Chief sculptor
Chief plasterer
Chief plasterer
Chief plasterer
Chief painter
Chief painter
Chief painter
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Ward mistress
Asst cutter
Asst cutter
Milliner
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Supv mus ed
Segue Music
Mus consultant
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Loop dialogue
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Dagoth created by
Foreground miniatures
Spec eff supv
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Supv spec photog eff
Visual eff coord
Opt graphics
Model maker
Model maker
Model maker
Dagoth crew
Dagoth crew
Dagoth crew
Dagoth crew
Dagoth crew
Dagoth crew
Title art
Title art
MAKEUP
Creative make-up
Makeup artist
Chief hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod supv
Prod supv
Prod supv
Loc mgr
Loc contact
Prod secy
Prod secy
Asst to Ms. De Laurentiis
Prod office asst
Unit pub
Supv accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Master of the sword
Stunt coord
Stuntman
Stuntman
Stuntman
ANIMATION
Anim
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Conan: King of Thieves
Conan II
Release Date:
29 June 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 29 June 1984
Production Date:
1 November 1983--10 February 1984 in Mexico
Copyright Claimant:
Dino DeLaurentiis Corporation
Copyright Date:
10 December 1984
Copyright Number:
PA236354
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Cameras and anamorphic lenses Joe Dunton Cameras, Ltd.
Duration(in mins):
103
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27435
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As Conan the Cimmerian and his companion, a thief named Malak, pray at an outdoor altar, they are attacked and captured by Queen Taramis’s guards. The monarch asks for Conan’s help, and when he refuses, she learns of his fiercest desire through sorcery. If Conan will help her, she promises to grant his desire and revive his great love, Valeria, from the dead. Taramis wants Conan to accompany her niece, Princess Jehnna, to fulfill the young woman’s destiny, according to the Scroll of Skelos, by securing a gem from a castle on a lake, guarded by the wizard, Toth-Amon. The key will unlock a jeweled horn that she is to return to Taramis. Later, the queen orders the captain of the guard, Bombaata, to accompany Conan and Jehnna, and protect the horn and Jehnna’s virginity, so the girl may be sacrificed. Once they have the horn, Bombaata is to kill Conan. The following day, Conan, Malak, Bombaata, and Jehnna leave the kingdom of Shadizar on horseback. Against the princess’s wishes, Conan rescues a wizard named Akiro from cannibals, so that he may help them when they face Toth-Amon. In a village, the group finds a shackled woman warrior named Zula, fighting six men at once. After Conan frees Zula, she defeats her assailants and asks to join his group. Later, the alliance reaches the shore across from the castle and makes camp. However, as they sleep, Toth-Amon transforms into a bird made of smoke and kidnaps Jehnna. In the morning, the group awakens to find the princess missing. They cross the icy lake to reach the castle. Inside a chamber of mirrors, Conan slays a Man-Ape and defeats Toth-Amon. ... +


As Conan the Cimmerian and his companion, a thief named Malak, pray at an outdoor altar, they are attacked and captured by Queen Taramis’s guards. The monarch asks for Conan’s help, and when he refuses, she learns of his fiercest desire through sorcery. If Conan will help her, she promises to grant his desire and revive his great love, Valeria, from the dead. Taramis wants Conan to accompany her niece, Princess Jehnna, to fulfill the young woman’s destiny, according to the Scroll of Skelos, by securing a gem from a castle on a lake, guarded by the wizard, Toth-Amon. The key will unlock a jeweled horn that she is to return to Taramis. Later, the queen orders the captain of the guard, Bombaata, to accompany Conan and Jehnna, and protect the horn and Jehnna’s virginity, so the girl may be sacrificed. Once they have the horn, Bombaata is to kill Conan. The following day, Conan, Malak, Bombaata, and Jehnna leave the kingdom of Shadizar on horseback. Against the princess’s wishes, Conan rescues a wizard named Akiro from cannibals, so that he may help them when they face Toth-Amon. In a village, the group finds a shackled woman warrior named Zula, fighting six men at once. After Conan frees Zula, she defeats her assailants and asks to join his group. Later, the alliance reaches the shore across from the castle and makes camp. However, as they sleep, Toth-Amon transforms into a bird made of smoke and kidnaps Jehnna. In the morning, the group awakens to find the princess missing. They cross the icy lake to reach the castle. Inside a chamber of mirrors, Conan slays a Man-Ape and defeats Toth-Amon. Princess Jehnna is rescued and removes the gem, but the castle begins to collapse and the group only narrowly escapes. Back on horseback, Conan’s party vanquishes the queen’s guards when they unexpectedly attack. Bombaata claims Taramis did not order the assault, but Conan grows suspicious. Later, as Jehnna tends to Conan’s wounds, she asks what he will do upon their return. He responds that he will find the kingdom he was promised and sit beside Valeria as his queen. Conan explains that Valeria was a great warrior, like Zula. Jenna did not know women could be warriors and Zula offers to teach her to fight, but an intoxicated Conan insists he teach her with a real weapon - his sword. The following day, Jehnna asks Zula and Malak, the thief, for romantic advice. Zula responds that she would just take any man she wanted and Malak attempts to explain how men and women “join together” to the naive princess. The group reaches an ancient temple in a mountain and discovers a passage leading to a crypt. The wizard, Akiro, reads an inscription on the wall and reveals that the horn will awaken the sleeping god, Dagoth, resulting in “death to the world.” Jehnna places the gem on a platform and an inner chamber is revealed. She removes the horn and Akiro attempts to dissuade Conan from continuing the mission, warning him that Jehnna’s ultimate destiny is to be sacrificed to Dagoth. However, the warrior is only interested in reviving Valeria. Near the temple exit, the guardians of the horn stop Conan’s party. Akiro questions whether the Leader knows the horn’s true power, but Leader informs Akiro that he and his followers will rule the world once Dagoth is awakened. Conan announces that there has been enough talk and a battle ensues. He and his allies retreat to the crypt with the guardians in pursuit, and Akiro engages in a battle of wizardry with the Leader. As the group escapes through a secret tunnel, Bombaata intentionally creates a cave-in impeding Conan, Malak, Akira, and Zula. Bombaata flees with Jehnna, claiming the others will follow. When the others do escape, Conan realizes that Taramis planned everything from the beginning, and her promise to revive Valeria was a lie. He goes with Akiro, Zula, and Malak to Shadizar to stop Jenna from being sacrificed. In Shadizar, Jehnna presents the horn to Taramis. Conan and his allies arrive to find the kingdom heavily guarded, but Malak leads them to a secret entrance through a waterfall. Meanwhile, the Grand Vizier and Taramis prepare Jehnna for the ritual and the princess places the horn on the statue of Dagoth. Inside the palace, Conan confronts and kills Bombaata. As the Leader prepares to sacrifice Jehnna, Zula hurls a spear that kills him. Dagoth is unleashed and kills Taramis. Conan battles the monstrous god and rips out Dagoth’s horn, killing him. Later, Jehnna is enthroned as Queen of Shadizar, and appoints Zula as captain of the guard, Malak as her court fool, and Akiro as her teacher. She invites Conan to rule Shadizar with her, but he declines, stating that he will have his own kingdom and his own queen. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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