“Ha. Crom laughs at your Four Winds. He laughs from his mountain!” Arnold Schwarzenegger plays what would be the first of several iconic roles in this lusty adaptation of the sword-and-sorcery stories of pulp fiction wizard Robert E. Howard. Arnold is Conan, a barbarian warrior who joins a group of thieves in a quest to solve the Riddle of Steel and take revenge on Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones, having so much fun), the evil sorcerer and cult leader responsible for the genocide of Conan’s tribe. Believe it or not, Schwarzenegger had to tone down his workout for the part, as his arms and chest were so big that he couldn’t wield the 11-pound broadsword (which cost about $10,000) properly; meanwhile, he and Sandahl Bergman (as Valeria, Conan’s companion and eventual lover) performed all of their own stunts, as no suitable body doubles could be found for such mighty warrior-thespians. Followed by a sequel, “Conan the Destroyer” (1984), and remade in 2011 with Jason Momoa in the title role. – IFC Staff