CONAN THE DESTROYER
1984, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

A kinder, gentler Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads Akiro (Mako) and Zula (Grace Jones) on a quest to save a princess. Also stars Wilt Chamberlain (!) and Tracey Walter. Written by Marvel Comics titans Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, stunningly photographed by the incomparable Jack Cardiff and saturated with a more go-for-broke, gonzo appeal than its slightly more serious predecessor.


CONAN THE BARBARIAN
1982, Universal, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Milius

Before he was the Terminator, before he was the governor, he was the Barbarian, seeking vengeance against the sorcerer who massacred his village. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the film adaptation of the Robert E. Howard novels. Writer-director John Milius’ intelligent and visceral sword-and-sorcery film features Ron Cobb and William Stoudt’s beautiful production design and an inspiring score by Basil Poledouris. Co-starring James Earl Jones and Max Von Sydow.


TOTAL RECALL
1990, Rialto Pictures, 113 min, USA, Dir: Paul Verhoeven

Future-time 2084: Construction worker Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to escape his nightmares by taking a mind-vacation to Mars - trouble is, he’s already been there, in director Paul Verhoeven’s brutally surreal, wickedly funny adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." Sharon Stone literally kicks out the jams as Arnold’s murderously sexy "wife" with help from uber-villain Michael Ironside.


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