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Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 fantasy film. It is based on the stories by Robert E. Howard. The film adaptation was written and directed by John Milius. Basil Poledouris provided the music. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, and tells the story of a young barbarian who seeks vengeance for the death of his parents. The target of his hatred is Thulsa Doom, the leader of a snake cult.
Filming took place in Spain over five months, in the regions around Madrid and Almería.
The Cimmerian village was built in a forest near the Valsaín ski resort, south of Segovia.
Conan's encounter with the witch and Subotai was shot among the Ciudad Encantada rock formations in the province of Cuenca.
The Temple of Set was built in the mountain PEÑON DE BERNAL, more than 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) west of the city of Almería. The structure was 50 meters (160 ft) long and 22 meters (72 ft) high. It was the most expensive of the sets, costing $350,000, and built out of various woods, lacquers, and tons of concrete. Its stairway had 120 steps.
Milius recruited his friend, Basil Poledouris, to produce the score for Conan;
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