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Encyclopedia > Conan the Destroyer
Conan The Destroyer
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Written by Story:
Roy Thomas
Gerry Conway
Screenplay:
Stanley Mann
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Grace Jones
Wilt Chamberlain
Mako
Music by Basil Poledouris
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) 29 June 1984
Running time 103 min
Language English
Budget $18 million
Preceded by Conan the Barbarian
IMDb profile

Conan the Destroyer, directed by action/fantasy veteran Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Vikings) as a sequel to Conan The Barbarian, was released worldwide in 1984. It starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan and Grace Jones as Zula. The critical and commercial response was weaker than that for the first film as it was felt by some viewers to have jettisoned the bloody, brooding ambiance of the original John Milius film, instead opting for a more children-friendly adventure.[citation needed] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (476x755, 61 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Richard Fleischer (born December 8, 1916) is an American film director. ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Mako Iwamatsu Mako Iwamatsu (マコ 岩松, also 岩松 信 Iwamatsu Makoto, December 10, 1933 - July 21, 2006) was a Japanese-American actor. ... Basil Poledouris (Greek: Βασίλης Πολεδούρης) (August 21, 1945 - November 8, 2006) was an American film composer. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... June 29 is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 185 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas as Ned Land, James Mason as Captain Nemo, Paul Lukas as Professor Aronnax and Peter Lorre as Conseil. ... The Vikings can refer to: Vikings, a group of Scandinavian peoples. ... Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ... John Milius (born April 11, 1944 in St. ...

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Plot

At the beginning, a group of troops led by Queen Taramis surrounds Conan and his comedian/thief partner, Malak. Her forces attack and try to capture them, but Conan fights back with incredible strength and agility, dispatching several of her troops. When she realizes the impossibility of capturing him, she orders her giant bodyguard Bombaata to signal a truce.


Queen Taramis then asks Conan to perform a task for her, which he declines. To force him, she then uses her magic to show Conan's praying for his lost love Valeria, and promises to bring her back to life if Conan will accomplish the task for her. Conan is left with no choice but to join her and the group returns to Shadazar.


After some brief conversation in her palace she sets Conan two tasks: capture a key gem (which can only be touched by her niece Jehnna) from a wizard, and retrieve the magic horn that has the power to awaken the dreaming god Dagoth. In addition, she secretly orders Bombaata and a group of elite guards to kill Conan after he retrieves the key. Conan, Malak, Jehnna and Bombaata set out on their quest.


They soon find two more partners to help them in their journey. First they meet an old ally of Conan's Akiro, who is about to be chargrilled by cannibals. Conan saves him with some judicious head chopping, and he joins the group. Later, when the group reaches a village, they find the peasants torturing an accused thief, a female warrior named Zula. Jehnna orders Conan to help her, so Conan cuts Zula loose, who begins fighting back. After the villagers are pumelled for a bit, they allow her to escape on horseback, screaming like a banshee. She catches up to Conan's party but Bombaata tries to send her away. She takes umbrage at this and the two scuffle for a bit before Conan pulls them apart. Conan then magnanimously allows her to ride with them over the mountains to the castle of Toth-amon.


From within the castle, the magician Toth-Amon has been watching their journey to his castle using the magic gem. As the group comes near, the castle is mysteriously surrounded by a lake. Although Jehnna wants to continue, Conan decides to rest for the night. Toth-Amon knows Jehnna alone can touch the gem, so, under cover of night, he turns himself into a mighty bird-like beast and snatches Jehnna, taking her to the castle.


The next morning, Akiro is the first to awaken and notice her absence. The group searches for her, but are only able to locate her with help from Akiro's magic. He then uses his magic to find a way into the castle. As they enter through some mysterious stairs, Toth-Amon goes into a secret room and arranges a welcome for his visitors. Secret passages are sometimes concealed using large items of furniture, such as this reconstruction of the bookcase that covered the entrance to Anne Franks secret room. ...


When Conan enters a hall of mirrors, the door immediately closes, separating him from the rest of the group. While they're forced to watch, Conan fights the Man-Ape, a monster that emerged from the mirrors. Conan is badly outmatched by the monster, but was able to indirectly hurt the monster by destroying the mirrors. When Conan finally succeeds in defeating “the shadow of the mirrors”, he used his sword to strike the mirror Toth-Amon was hiding behind.


Toth-Amon, now dying, picks up the Gem and is destroyed upon contact with it. The magic broken, the rest of the group enters the hall and rejoins Conan. Together, they find Jehnna and capture the magic gem with her help. As soon as she picks it up, the castle starts to disintegrate and collapses completely shortly after they escape in a boat.


On the way back to find the horn, the Queen's elite guards attack and try to take Jehnna, but the group, excluding Bombaata, fights back and stops them from escaping. Conan defeats the guard leader in an impressive swordfight. Bombaata then attacks Conan in order to follow the queen’s order but Jehnna stops him. When Conan recognizes the attackers as Queen Taramis elite guards, he questions Bombaata about the attack, but gets no good answer.


After some rest and some of the funnier scenes in the movie, they reach the place of the horn: a mysterious fortress that looks like a temple of doom. Jehnna leads them through the main entrance down to the crypt.


When they reach the horn, Akiro reads instructions carved on the wall. He finds out that the awakening Dagoth would result in the end of the world. He tries to inform Conan, but Conan refuses to listen. Jehnna places the gem in the appropriate slot, opening the big cave of fire. Jehnna grabs the horn of magical power.


They try to leave, but are waylaid by the Dagoth-worshiping keepers of the horn, who want it and Jehnna. After a conversation between Akiro and the leader, a brutal fight ensues and the group retreats to the crypt. There, Akiro defeats the leader in a magic fight, while Bombaata and Jehnna find a tunnel and escape. Bombaata, seeing the others following, decides to enact the Queen's order and betrays them, starting a landslide that buries Conan, Malak, Zula and Akiro. They survive, and are quite angry.

Giant Bombaata

Bombaata escorts Jehnna back to the Palace. Queen Taramis immediately takes the horn and orders a ceremony for Jehnna’s birthday and Dagoth’s awakening-day. As the ceremony starts, Jehnna plugs the horn into Dagoth's forehead. The Grand Vizier instructs Taramis to sacrifice Jehnna when Dagoth shows the first sign of life. Conan and the remaining members of the group find a secret entrance to the Palace. Conan and Bombaata meet, and finally face each other one on one. Image File history File links Ctdcb. ... Image File history File links Ctdcb. ...


The fight is tough, but Bombaata is defeated in the end. During the fight, Conan orders Zula to rescue Jehnna from the sacrifice. Zula does so, killing the Grand Vizier in the process. Seeing this, Queen Taramis screams “kill her, kill her, she must be sacrificed” and tries to sacrifice Jehnna herself. Time has run out, however, and Dagoth awakens without any sacrifice. As a result, he turns into a uncontrollable monster that attacks anything in reach. Conan rescues Jehnna from Taramis and pushes the queen towards the evil creature. Dagoth runs her through fiercely with his horn and flings her out of the way, showing no sign of respect. Everyone tries to stop this monster. A lightning storm begins and the palace pillars start to collapse, causing more chaos. The situation becomes ever worse for the survivors.


Conan tries to fight the monster but is unable to. Akiro, however, finally finds the answer. He tells Conan to remove the horn from Dagoth's forehead, which is the only way to kill him. Tearing the horn off the living monster seems an impossible task, but Conan manages to jump behind the creature and grab hold of the horn. After some hard work, he pulls it away. Dagoth weakens and kneels over.


Jehnna becomes the new Queen of Shadazar and makes Zula, Akiro, and Malak ministers. She also offers to marry Conan, but Conan leaves her palace after a last kiss to search for his own kingdom.


Production

When John Milius, director of Conan The Barbarian, proved to be unavailable to direct the sequel, Dino De Laurentiis suggested Richard Fleischer to his daughter Raffaella De Laurentiis, who was producing Conan The Destroyer. Fleischer had already made Barabbas (1962) and Mandingo (1975) for Dino De Laurentiis. Barabbas was a 1962 film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian Passion narrative in the Gospel of Mark and other gospels. ... Mandingo may refer to: The Mandinka people of West Africa The Mandinka language Mandingo (book), a bestselling novel originally published in 1957 Mandingo (film), a 1975 film based on the novel Mandingo (pornstar), who took his name from the film ...


The first Conan movie, Conan The Barbarian, made approximately $40 million at the U.S. box office when it was released in 1982 with an R rating, and another $50 million in foreign markets. Because Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentiis thought it would have been even more successful if it had been less violent, they wanted to tone down the violence in the sequel to obtain a PG rating. Fleischer delivered a movie that was less violent and more humorous than the first.


The film's stunt casting includes over 7-foot-tall basketball player Wilt Chamberlain and androgynous singer Grace Jones. Other actors featured are the 17-year-old (she CAN'T be! She has to be at least 20 something?!?!?!) Olivia D'Abo (in her first screen appearance) playing the petulant teenage princess with sexy innocence, Tracey Walter as the cowardly jewel-swallowing thief, Malak the Quick, and, of course, Schwarzenegger, who put on 10 extra pounds at Fleischer's request, as the pectorally-perfect Conan. David L. Lander was originally cast to play Malak, but, due to both his deteriorating health from the onset of Multiple Sclerosis and difficulties with the director, Lander was forced to quit the project, and the part was recast with Tracey Walter. Andre the Giant played the part of Dagoth, but was not credited in the film. Originally rated R for excessive violence, the film was recut in order to secure a PG rating. Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (August 21, 1936–October 12, 1999), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was an American professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. ... If referring to a flower, see disambiguation under bisexual Androgyny is the state of indeterminate gender, or characteristics of gender. ... Grace Jones (born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1948, in Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a model, singer and actress. ... Olivia dAbo as Nicole Wallace on Law & Order: Criminal Intent Olivia dAbo (born January 22, 1967 although she claims to have been born in 1971 according to her own personal website in London, England) is a former child actress (aged 13?-17), and sometime singer, whose career has... Tracey Walter is a recognizable American character actor (b. ... David Landau (born June 22, 1947), better known as David Lander, is an American actor, comedian, composer, musician, and baseball scout. ... André the Giant (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff in Grenoble, France. ...


Conan The Destroyer was the fourth film on which the great British director of photography Jack Cardiff worked with Fleischer. Cardiff had already photographed The Vikings (1958), Crossed Swords (1978), and Amityville 3-D (1983) for the director. They would work together twice more on Millon Dollar Mystery (1987), and Fleischer’s last film, the short Call From Space (1989), which was shot in the 65mm Showscan process. Cardiff’s other notable films include John Huston’s The African Queen (1951), King Vidor’s War And Peace (1956), and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). However, he is best known for his extraordinary Technicolor photography on three films directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger in the forties — A Matter of Life and Death (1946), Black Narcissus (1947, for which Cardiff won an Oscar), and The Red Shoes (1948). Jack Cardiff (born 18 September 1914) is a British cinematographer, director and photographer. ... The Vikings can refer to: Vikings, a group of Scandinavian peoples. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Amityville 3D (1983) is the third film in The Amityville Horror movie saga, released in 3D. // Spoiler warning: John Baxter, separated from his wife, moves into the infamous Amityville House with plans to debunk the haunting myth for a newspaper article. ... The African Queen is a 1951 film made by Horizon Pictures and Romulus Films, and distributed by United Artists. ... War and Peace is the first film version of the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. ... Released on Friday, May 24, 1985, the second movie of Rambo, Rambo: First Blood Part II, has Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) released from prison by Federal order to document the possible existence of POWs in Vietnam, under the belief that he will find nothing and the government can sweep the issue... Michael Powell film-maker. ... Emeric Pressburger in Paris. ... A Matter of Life and Death (1946) is a film by the British writer-director-producer team of Powell and Pressburger. ... This page is about the film. ... Helpmann, Shearer and Massine in The Red Shoes. ...


Conan The Destroyer was filmed in a number of locations in Mexico — including Pachuca, the extinct volcano Nevado de Toluca, and the Samalayucca desert (near El Paso) — as well as in the Churubusco Studios (also in Mexico). Carlo Rambaldi created the Dagoth monster. Reloj Monumental For the female Zoot-Suiter, see Pachuco. ... Carlo Rambaldi is an Italian-born special effects artist who is most famous for designing title character of the 1982 super-smash hit E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. ...


In the film, a camel is knocked to the ground and, after struggling to get back up, its hind legs are drawn forward with wires so that it is forced to sit down before falling to the ground. This sequence is cut from the UK version, as is a double horse-fall in the opening battle.


Conan The Destroyer, grossing $26 million in domestic markets, didn't do quite as well as Conan The Barbarian in the U.S., but it performed better worldwide, grossing another $68 million. The film was successful enough that Schwarzenegger, Fleischer, and De Laurentiis teamed up again to make the semi-sequel Red Sonja a year later. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Writers Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, who wrote the original story treatment for this movie, were deeply displeased by the final screenplay by Stanley Mann and the finished film, so they made their story into the graphic novel Conan: The Horn Of Azoth, published in 1990, with art by Mike Docherty. The names of the characters were changed to untie the graphic novel from the movie: Dagoth became Azoth, Jehnna became Natari, Zula became Shumballa, Bombaata became Strabo, Toth-Amon became Rammon, and the characters of Queen Taramis and The Leader were combined into sorcerer Karanthes, father of Natari. Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ...


A novelization of the film was also written by Robert Jordan in 1984. For other persons named Robert Jordan, see Robert Jordan (disambiguation). ...


See also

Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 film by director John Milius and is recognized as the acting breakthrough of bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kull of Atlantis or Kull the Conqueror is a fictional character created by Robert E. Howard. ...

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Conan the Destroyer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1896 words)
Conan is left with no choice but to join her and the group returns to Shadazar.
Conan is badly outmatched by the monster, but is able to hurt the monster by destroying the mirrors.
Conan The Destroyer was the fourth film on which the great British director of photography Jack Cardiff worked with Fleischer.
CONAN Official Website (138 words)
Taramis, the witch queen of Shadizar, promises to bring Valeria back from the dead if Conan will conduct a mission for her - that of leading her niece, the innocent princess Jehanna, to locate a horn of sacred importance.
Jehanna’s virginity needs to remain intact for the sacrifice and Taramis has sent along her bodyguard Bombaata to ensure that Conan and his group of followers be eliminated once the mission is completed.
Conan is sent on a mission by a queen to accompany her princess daughter to a distant castle to retrieve some mysterious and magical gems.
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