"Grant me revenge!"
Description: Request of warrior Conan the Barbarian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the fantasy adventure Conan the Barbarian (1982).
Conan is a Cimmerian who lives in Hyborian Age. When he was a child, a sorcerer named Thulsa Doom massacres his village, killing his father, stealing his sword and beheading his mother. Sold into slavery, Conan suffers a life of deprevation and hardship until he is trained to be a warrior, an area in which he excels.
A man of few words, Conan offers this advice about what is best in life: “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women.”
One day, Conan, now a merecenary, comes upon a Snake Temple displaying the same snake symbol that belonged to the men who destroyed his village. Entering the temple, Conan, with the help of two other thieves steals a large, jewel and slays the huge snake used for Thulsa Doom's sacrifices.
"To the hell fires with Thulsa Doom. He's evil; a sorcerer who can summon demons. His followers' only purpose is to die in his service." - Valeria
Conan's audacious theft of the Eye of the Serpent jewel inspires King Osric (Max Von Sydow) to commission Conan and his two compatriots to retrieve his daughter who has fallen under the influence of Thulsa Doom's sorcery. He praises Conan, saying, "What daring! What outrageousness! What insolence! What arrogance!... I salute you."
But the King's enthusiasm fades to lament when he confides, "There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child."
Conan and accept the King's challenge, infiltrate Doom's fortress and rescues the princess, who is reluctant to go with them. As Conan races away into the night with the princess in tow, Thulsa Doom proclaims:
“Infidels of violence. They should all drown in lakes of blood. Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they will learn why they fear the night.”
Using an enchanted snake that morphs into an arrow shaft, Dooms places it into a bow, shoots it and kills Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), Conan's romantic interest as she rides into the night on horseback.
The day after Conan rescues the princess, Thulsa Doom sends his best warriors to kill the barbarian. Before the battle, Conan invokes his God:
“Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, and why we died. All that matters, is that today, two stood against many. Valor pleases you, so grant me this one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, the HELL with you!”
Defeating all of the warriors sent to kill him, Conan again infiltrates Doom's mountain Temple as the evil sorcerer speaks with a crowd of adoring worshippers.
"Purging is at last at hand. Day of Doom is here. All that is evil, all their allies; your parents, your leaders, those who would call themselves your judges; those who have lied and corrupted the Earth, they shall all be cleansed."
As Doom sees Conan emerge from the shadows, he says, "My child, you have come to me my son. For who now is your father if it is not me? I am the well spring, from which you flow. When I am gone, you will have never been. What would your world be, without me? My son."
Conan shakes off the sorcerer's hypnotic glance, swings his mighty sword and decapitates Doom, as Doom had once done to Conan's mother so many years ago.
Conan holds the lifeless head of the slain sorcerer high for all to see and then tosses it down the staircase of the temple. Released from his spell, Doom's followers slowly walk into the night.
Note: The Conan the Barbarian films are based on the character created Robert E. Howard. Conan returned to the big screen in the sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984) and the remake Conan the Barbarian (2011) starring Jason Mamoa.