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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

With the Summer of ’82 thing that Mondo and the Drafthouse are putting together this summer I felt it appropriate to get in the mood early with this shot from Conan the Barbarian. In fact, I think I have a shot from most of the summer of ’82 movies, so you may see some themed BTSing going on this summer.

Here we have Arnie getting hammered on the set. Movie stars, am I right? (Also, an after-posting shoutout to longtime Schwarzenegger body-builder pal, stuntman and cinema presence Sven-Ole Thorsen who is swinging the ban hammer)

It’s a great, silly picture and much thanks to Erik Estner for sending it along. Click to (slightly) enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic doesn’t understand money.

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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • April 18, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by TheIceJ

    Can't wait for good Arnie film

  • April 18, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I watch this movie a few times a year.

    by loafroaster

    Fucking awesome, lightning in a bottle.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow's pic: Star Trek IV?

    by Royston Lodge

  • April 18, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Didn't look at this picture dead-on...

    by Uncle Bastard

    saw it out of the corner my eye and it looked like the dude with the hammer's dick was hanging out of his pants. Thank God my eyes deceived me.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by obijuanmartinez

  • April 18, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    Yeah, that actually looks like a dick on Arnie's head.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by puto tenax

    Sorry, but that year, Ricardo was my hero. Too bad it won't be shown.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    That is strength, boy! That is power!

    by FlickaPoo

  • April 18, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    My wife adamantly refuses to watch this movie.

    by Robert Evans

    And yet how many fucking times has she caught SEX AND THE CITY 2 ON HBO??? Argh. Consider that a divorce.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Quint, did you forget who that IS hitting Arnie with the hammer?

    by D.Vader

    Its Sven-Ole Thorsen! He was in this, The Running Man, Predator, The Hunt for Red October... he was in Gladiator as the aged Gladiator with the crying facemask helmet during the tiger fight. I'm surprised you didn't mention him in your story. Come on! Geek cred is on the table!

  • April 18, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Nice Pic Though, Quint

    by puto tenax

    You'd look good in those boots!

  • April 18, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Still a true classic!

    by thot

    LOVE Conan the Barbarian! Few movies make you feel truly transported to another time and place like this film. Brilliantly written, directed and scored. Great pic too.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Sven-Ole Thorsen with out the wig?!

    by TheGr81SLASH

    Madness, but terribly cool!!

  • April 18, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Other Schwarzenegger movies Sven Ole Thorsen was in...

    by D.Vader

    Raw Deal Red Sonja Red Heat Twins Last Action Hero Eraser Batman and Robin (stunts) Jingle All the Way (stunts) End of Days Collateral Damage He and Arnie are buddies. And Fuck, his last name is THOR'S SON! RESPECT.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Ahhh... Arnold

    by Sean

    You've never failed us (not counting residents of California)

  • April 18, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I have to agree, thot.

    by TheGr81SLASH

    Now stuff is badly written, unoriginal, and TOO cgi'd for my taste. Rather watch movie that were made before 2000. At least there were ideas up until than.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    hey it bruce dickenson

    by klytusnotdead

    From iron madien.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Thorsen was also...

    by KnightShift a lil' TV show called CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE as Tank. That show had J. Michael Straczynski as writer of a bunch of episodes. In one of 'em Thorsen's Tank mentions that he was born someplace called "Babylon 5". Years before THAT show aired, JMS had Thorsen as the very first person to tell us about it. I don't know how the hell I remember that tidbit of geek lore...

  • April 18, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    You know what,

    by john

    I think I'll stick this on tonight. Crom would be pleased.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST of the best BTS pics ever.....and my favorite movie

    by Bobo_Vision

  • April 18, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    klytusnotdead i also thought that Sven-Ole Thorsen looked....

    by sonnyhooper

    ....a lot like Bruce Dickenson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden. if fact when i was a kid and first saw the movie i just assumed he was Dickenson, it seemed perfectly logical in my 9 year old brain that the lead singer from Iron Maiden would get all kinds of acting gigs just because his bands album covers kicked so much ass.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Predator D.Vader

    by MRJONZ72

    He was in the scene where Dutch and his men raid that military/commando camp.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Conan is Thorsens most memorable role for me

    by MRJONZ72

    I know he has been in countless movies but Hard Target is the 2nd movie I remember him most...idk y?

  • April 18, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I never realized he played La Fours!

    by Royston Lodge

    I feel such geek-shame.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Yes indeed, mrjonz72

    by D.Vader

    I mentioned that in my first post to Quint, whom I hope will amend his story to mention Sven by name alongside Schwarzenegger.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I knew he played Tank in Captain Power though!

    by Royston Lodge

    Does that redeem me?

  • April 18, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Didn't mean to snub Sven-Ole, just thought it'd be funnier to leave it as "arnie gets hammered," but then again nobody every accused me of having the most mature sense of humor.

  • April 18, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Oh no, Quint, I love the title

    by D.Vader

    I just wanted to see Ole Sven get some love in the story too!

  • Sven sulking with his head down next to Thulsa doom saying, "Sorry I kood nawt masturbate you, master..."

  • April 18, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    okay So Arnold's hair was real, James Earl was a wig...

    by ufoclub1977

    but I guess I didn't think about Sven-ole... a wig!

  • "i guess it's all the steroids.". Then gives a nod and smile to Arnold before walking away.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Thorson had a great comeback in The Running Man

    by successor

    After Killian said that steroids made him deaf, in the end he comes back with "I've got to score some steroids" and walks away, leaving Killian to Ben Richards. Great. He was awful in Abraxas, though. But then again so was everyone else in that film, so it doesn't really count.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Sven swingin' the ban-hammer. Heh heh heh.

    by Royston Lodge

    That made me chuckle.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Uncle Bastard might be right...

  • April 18, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    One of the best designed movies ever. Ron Cobb and William Stout are geniuses. Brilliant use of foreground miniatures. And brilliant use of Cassandra Gaviola's ass. That primitive, low-tech clapper is so cool. Nowadays all I see are the ones with the digital numbers counting down.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I'm right heeeaaa!!

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    Kill me!! I'm Heeeaaa!!

  • April 18, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Whew! Okay. Funny. Cringing there for a sec; if you

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    regularly read Warren Ellis's blog, you'll know what I'm talking about.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Sven! Fucking awesome!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • April 18, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Funny story about Thorsen...

    by Sulla

    I met Ben Davidson, the actor who played "Rexxor" in Conan, at a convention last year. and he told me a funny story. Apparently, Milius had hired a bunch of real Spanish horsemen for the opening scene of the film. Davidson spoke fluent Spanish, so he learned a lot and got along with them. Thorsen on the other hand kept calling them "Mexicans", which they obviously didn't care for, and ended up falling off his horse quite a bit with no help from the Spaniards!

  • April 18, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Sven Ole Thorsen's greatest role---Olaf in Overboard

    by thelordofhell

    I think we can take Olaf

  • April 18, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Daht hurrhtz!!!

    by UltraTron

  • I try tew puhll it owt uv muh noze dere.

  • April 18, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    So THAT'S why Arnold is so dumb. ZING!

    by Mel

  • April 18, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    You mean the lamentations of California voters.

    by Huey_Freemans_afro


  • April 18, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    uncle bastard... that's all I see now

    by Mattman

    you asshole

  • April 18, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Oh hells to the yeah!

    by BeanGrud

  • Heh, that rocked. Props to the guy above who posted, "That, boy, is true power!"

  • April 18, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    This was on last night

    by UncleScrooge

    I just watched this on AMC last night. Such a good movie. Takes me right back to Junior High.

  • April 18, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by Uncle Bastard

    I'm sorry! It's a sight that can't be unseen!

  • It's called charisma.

  • April 18, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    One of the best soundtrack ever.

    by Franck

    I can play all Poledouris tracks in a loop before bed and dream of days of high adventure...

  • April 18, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    something has always bothered me about this movie


    Conan's girlfriend kinda looks like a dude. I agree nowadays movies are too slick and polished and CGI'd and action oriented, leaving important elements like mood and atmosphere fallen by the wayside. When was the last time you heard a soundtrack like that? Soundtracks today sound like corporatized pop music.

  • April 18, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh. My all-time favorite movie by a long, LONG way.

    by Jaka

    Never tire of this movie. Great to see there was some levity involved in the making of it. Because, for the most part, it's not a very "light" movie.

  • ...Conan the Barbarian. It's not just a great soundtrack, it's a great suite of music.

  • April 18, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST

    My bad d.vader I appearntly missed your entire first post.

    by MRJONZ72

  • April 18, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Never thought Sandahl Bergman looked like a guy...

    by Jaka

    ...but her face wasn't exactly what you'd call gorgeous, either. Her dancer's body was pretty ridiculous, though. <p> Completely off topic; it always bothered me that she played Queen Gedren in Red Sojna. I mean, I know Sandahl Bergman gotta eat. But it's always seemed like a bad casting job to have her play Valeria and Queen Gedren. Thankfully I have no plans to EVER watch Red Sonja again, so it bothers me less as time goes on.

  • April 18, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    In an open relationship with GRACE JONES since 1990

    by TresEquis

    That's somehow more terrifying than anything he's done

  • April 18, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Winona, fair warning is given...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...never speak ill of Sandahl Bergman. Sandahl was not only Valeria and Gedren. Sandahl was the immortal She and the sexiest dancer by far in All That Jazz. She still looked good in her forties starring in low budget Jim Wynorski and Fred Olen Ray movies. Plus she helped bring Hell to Frogtown!

  • April 18, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    By the way, fantastic picture...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...first saw this at a test screening and it had the ending where Conan walks off with King Osric's daughter at the end. We all protested on our little card thingies and when the movie was released the princess wasn't included. But she came back on the first DVD of the movie I bought.

  • April 18, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    red ned lynch, you are so fucking cool!!

    by adeceasedfan

    Anyone...ANYONE that gives love to Hell Comes to Frogtown gets much respect from me. I love Sandahl Bergman btw. Which began with my love of Conan.

  • April 18, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Conan's girlfriend looks kinda like a dude?

    by D.Vader


  • April 18, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Mood and atmosphere work wonders in my book.

    by D.Vader

  • April 18, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I miss Mako...

    by Bryan

    loved the way he narrated this film, his work as Iroh in Avatar was great also.

  • April 18, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Wait, do the book as a movie?

    by D.Vader

    Was the book noirish fiction?

  • April 18, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge, I concur, Star Trek IV tomorrow.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • April 18, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    staged, but nice shot none-the-less

    by ATARI

  • April 18, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by IamZardoz

    Conan (the original, not that recent crapola) is a very underrated movie. Real advanture, great story and great soundtrack music (and no CGI). I still love the scene where Conan stumbles upon the decaying tomb of Crom. A great flick.

  • April 18, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    How this soundtrack never won an oscar mystifies me!

    by some dude

    This has to be one of the, if not the best all around suite of music ever produced for a movie.

  • April 18, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Have to say, and I'm sure many agree, one of the best commentaries EVER.

    by MiggsFacial

  • April 18, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    I thought that was a dong hanging out down there

    by batzilla

    Thought the dude had a monster weenie that flopped out.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Quint, you rock so hard

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    And that pic is priceless but i'm still waiting for *my* Conan movie I'm old enough to be most your father Hell, probably grandfather Read all the books when I was a kid That movie totally disrespected Belet The Queen Of The Black Coast I know a lot of folks love that movie.... And I'm still waiting for my Conan movie

  • April 19, 2012, 12:28 a.m. CST

    One of my favorite movies

    by disfigurehead

    The soundtrack is permanently on my playlist.

  • April 19, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Look at all the GirlyManz

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    all you touching yourselves over this movi3

  • April 19, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    wattos new hat - What sequel?

    by Jaka

    I refuse to admit that there is a sequel, because the movie that pretended to be such a thing was THAT BAD. Awful in every way imaginable. Everything that was great about The Barbarian was completely opposite in that non-existent sequel. Almost like it was parody of the first one. It was that bad. <p> For me, anyway.

  • April 19, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST



    I love that too much

  • April 19, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Thanks Quint!

    by LowDevil

    I have never seen this one before. My top 5 fav movies of all time .

  • April 19, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    BTW, death to Nispel!

    by LowDevil

  • April 19, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by LowDevil

    I laughed at that one. My (ex) wife hated the movie so much i made her watch it a second time. If you want ur wife to leave you alone for a week or so, make her watch the film back to back while reciting most of the lines.

  • April 19, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Crom laughs at your four winds, and your utterly shit remake.

    by Fortunesfool

  • April 19, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    True, true, true. Arnie's commentary had me in hysterics, "now ve are runnink"...

  • April 19, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Wrong! You, what is best in life?

    by al

  • April 19, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Can't even bring myself to watch the remake. Really, why bother?

    by Roger Moon

    Interesting how Conan is a timeless classic now (deservedly so) but one would think that in the intervening 30 years they could create a worthy successor, a genuine Conan film based on Howard's stories, with plenty of sword slashing, blood spraying, supernatural monsters and scantily clad babes (better yet, Belit). Nope. Couldn't be done. Hollywood just isn't good enough. Not up to the task. Sad. The character is certainly good enough.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    So Jaka...and anyone, really...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...which is worse, in the group opinion? The sequel or the remake? When I went to see the remake I very confidently said to my wife that of course it wouldn't be as good as Conan but I'd be all right because it would still be better than The Destroyer. Yeah. I was pretty sure about that. And yeah, the soundtrack is also on my box that makes song. A lot of soundtracks there, really, but Paledouris' is one of my favorites.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    My Favorite Movie of All Time

    by BilboRing

    Honestly, I watch this movie all the time. My absolute favorite.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Not to brag on my wife...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...but she loves Conan. Of course, she loves fantasy in general. It's westerns where we run into our problems.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...well met, sir.

  • April 19, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Contemplate this on the tree of woe.

    by Red Ned Lynch

  • April 19, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Couldn't get through the new one.. what a POS

    by Autodidact

  • April 19, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    The only pic that could top this...

    by Logan_1973

    Would be a BTS of the giant snake or of Jones' severed head!

  • April 19, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Quite possibly the greatest example of the power of a film score

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    If Conan had a crappy score, it would not have worked nearly as well. Basil Poledouris did a fantastic job at bringing a truly epic feel to the film. Think about Conan praying as the Riders of Doom begins to swell and the horses are charging, it elevates the entire sequence immensely - that's some damn powerful music.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    The Quick and the Dead

    by Rei-Ginsei

    Didn't he play the Swede, too?

  • April 19, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by Mr Nicholas

  • April 19, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Re: Jaws Remake

    by SK229

    You're absolutely right. There's a completely different movie there where the shark is more of a metaphor about the seedy underbelly of... pretty much everything. It was GENIUS to strip all of those elements out and streamline everything, but there can also be a way to go MORE in that direction and make a film that is it's own thing. The end of the film should be Brody, leaving Ellen in the middle of the night having found out about her dalliance with Hooper, the shark is now dead, a heavy fog over the water, and he's at the back of the ferry watching the island fade into the distance while smokin' a cig. No music for a good two minutes and then you get a swell like something out of Chinatown. Then you see a fin break the surface of the water, very faintly in the background. Just kidding about that part, btw. Also, LOVED Conan as a kid, but haven't seen it since. A travesty, I know. Must revisit this week.

  • April 19, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Sandahl Bergman is the weak link in Conan


    Wikipedia lists her as an American Dancer, stuntwoman, and actress. So she is credited as an actress thirdly. There's a reason for this! She's not extremely talented. Nor is Arnold, true, but he has his unique onscreen charisma and persona working for him. Her personality has a distinctive masculine quality. If I were Conan I would toss her aside and seek female companionship elsewhere.

  • April 19, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Arnie wasn't all bad as gov right?

    by Darth Macchio

    Didn't he sue the EPA for not having high enough standards for clean air mandates in California? And doesn't the government in California have some quasi-parliament bullshit going on where for anything to pass a whole room of intolerant jackasses who hate each other are supposed to talk to each other and actually...gasp..agree on something? Also - the cut scenes featured one scene where Arnie was climbing up on that rock (which was the entrance to that underground tomb) to escape the feral dogs and fell..yelping out, in the awesome Arnie accent, "god dammit"...tho it was more like "ga dam et!" with the accent on the "dam"...hilarious stuff. Love love love this movie...odd tho..when I was a kid it was all as an oldfart, it's more the princess and the stygian witch chick (when in witch mode too - minus the chompy teeth fangs, etc)...

  • My Crom in heaven, that was terrible.

  • April 19, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    i_snake_plissken - Yes. Particularly because...

    by Jaka

    ...two-thirds of the film is without dialogue. The music plays the part of exposition, mood and tone, basically telling a story on it's own. The extended two-disc version in particular does a great job showing just how much music was used to move that film along. The fact that nearly every scene that does have dialogue is quotable doesn't hurt it one bit, though.

  • April 19, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    red ned lynch - I'll never see the newer version

    by Jaka

    I never had any desire to see it. Not ever. If it had turned out to be a huge success with incredibly positive word of mouth I definitely would have. What it turned out to be is exactly what I was expecting, though. So I'll never watch it. <p> The Destroyer is just laughably bad. Like, you can laugh at how bad it is pretty much from beginning to end. Where as The Barbarian sets you in (imo) the most believable fantasy world ever captured on film, The Destroyer feels fake from frame one. The Barbarian has believable effects, even now, whereas The Destroyer effects looked cheap and outdated upon it's release. The acting in The Barbarian is EPIC from every character, the acting in The Destroyer is some of the worst I've ever had the misfortune of watching. Grace Jones and Wilt Chamberlain? Really!? Whose bright idea was that? Most importantly, the fight scenes in The Barbarian look and FEEL like those people were beating the shit out of each other. There are scene in The Destroyer where you can SEE that they're pulling their blows, not making contact. Plus, the fight choreography is all over the place - badly paced, staged and filmed. But best of all is that there is actually a shot in The Destroyer where Arnold is hold a BENT ALUMINUM SWORD! I shit you not. Watch for it and you'll see it. Maaan, the swords he's wielding in The Barbarian, whether they were or not, make it look like he was actually using the big ass muscles to move them around. And I could go on... <p> ...but I won't. I wanted The Destroyer to be the best sequel ever made. I wanted it to be so good that we had a Conan franchise. Because after the brilliance of The Barbarian, that's what SHOULD have happened. So clearly, IMO, The Destroyer is worse that the new version. Which isn't really a remake at all - it's another take on the source material. I understand what is different from the source material in both films and I KNOW, without any doubt, that the 1982 The Barbarian is the film for me.

  • April 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Isn't Sven-Ole Thorsen ALSO in Conan the Destroyer?

    by Vince Ricardo

    He's the captain of the queens guards, isn't he? The ones that she sends out to kill Conan? On top of everything else that was bad about that film, I remember having a huge disconnect when I saw "Thorgrim" alive and well again (well, until he's killed) fighting against Conan. Like they could find NO one else for that role. And, yeah, he IS the Swede in "Quick and the Dead." As I recall, he begs to live. Ugh. Go out with dignity, Sven! ... Heh, I used the word "dignity" when writing about something from "The Quick and the Dead." That's funny right there.