Nobody shows up to particular advantage, especially Mr. The story begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. Schwarzenegger, who wasn't at all bad in Bob Rafelson's ''Stay Hungry'' or in the documentary ''Pumping Iron. Then, perhaps, it will be the laugh riot it has every right to be, a sort of muscle-bound, Nordic ''What's Up, Tiger Lily? Milius ''Dillinger'' and ''The Wind and the Lion'' is not an unintelligent film maker. Howard fantasy story of the sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian.
Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Here it looks as if he had been carried away by the logistics of big movie making, worrying about horses and costumes and locations and weather. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. There are also supposedly impressive long shots that recall Eisenstein and Kurosawa.
It's witless in a way that wouldn't be tolerated by either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, both of whom have demonstrated the cinematic possibilities of comic-book fiction. But he is prevented from doing that by King Osrik Max Von Sydow , who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills. Complementing Mulius's heavy metal production is Arnold Schwarzenegger's leaden acting, which in any other context would be deadly, but here as in Arnold Schwarzenegger corresponds nicely with the whole sonorous project. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria Sandahl Bergman and Subota Gerry Lopez.
One is never unaware that one is watching a lot of extras trot around Spain wearing goathair jogging shorts and horns on their hats. The Wheel of Pain seems to have as its only purpose the building up of Conan's muscles, so it's no surprise that one day Conan grows up to become Arnold Schwarzenegger. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom James Earl Jones , the man responsible for killing his family. Timothy O'Meara; music by Basil Poledouris; produced by Buzz Feit- shans; released by Universal Pictures. This film is rated R.
Milius's sensitivity to our feelings goes too far when everything else in the film proves equally unconvincing. At his best, the actor appears to be good-humored. But that all changes when a misfit inventor ant named Flik accidentally knocks over the offering pile thus forcing the grasshoppers' devious leader Hopper to force the ants to redo their gathering of food. Gary Herman Turanian War Officer.
Though the landscapes are sometimes pretty, the images are as empty as the narrative, which, among other wrong things, begins on a fairly exciting note and then becomes progressively less suspenseful until it just sort of stops. Franco Columbo Sacrificial Snake Girl. At the Rivoli 1, Broadway and West 49th Street; Gemini 1, 64th Street and Second Avenue; 86th Street 2, at Lexington Avenue; Loews Showplace 2, 34th Street between Second and Third Ave- nues; Olympia 1-3, Broadway and West 107th Street; Quad 1-4, 13th Street west of Fifth Avenue, and other theaters. This could be a film to be run backward. Milius and Oliver Stone, based on the character created by Robert E.
He doesn't seem to have thought about what sort of movie ''Conan'' should be. Please send reports of such problems to May 15, 1982, Page 001013 The New York Times Archives John Milius's ''Conan the Barbarian,'' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the body builder-actor, as the character made famous through decades of pulp fiction and comic books, may make money, but it will only be fully realized as a work of art when Woody Allen takes charge and dubs it into Icelandic. Schwarzenegger looks overdressed even when he is undressed, but then there is no way he can unzip that overdeveloped physique and slip into something more comfortable. Advertisement That the carnage is unconvincing may well be intentional, but Mr. The musical score is credited to Basil Poledouris, and it sounds like something discarded by Sigmund Romberg.
James Earl Jones King Osric. Despite the fact that his friends don't believe him and desperate to help save the colony, Flik volunteers to go out into the world and search for a group of 'warrior' bugs. But when the grasshoppers return and take control of the island, Flik must prove himself a true hero before it's too late. . There's a great deal of sword-and-ax play. At the center of it all is the Milius-Oliver Stone screenplay that has no discernible point of view, unlike the screenplays for ''Star Wars'' and ''Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Howard; director of photography, Duke Calla- ghan; film editor, C. One has the impression that it cost a lot of money, though not all of it is on the screen. There are selfconscious gags in it, including a brazen steal of the gag from Mel Brooks's ''Blazing Saddles'' in which Alex Karras socks a horse. In moments of stress, as when he beheads Thulsa Doom, he looks petulant, as if someone had left chewing gum on his favorite barbell. Instead, what he got was a talented group of circus performers.