There is some dialogue between Thoth-Amon and Conan present, not in the film:
Conan walks toward the silver chest, drawn by the ruby-red glow. The image of Thoth-Amon appears.
I thank you for bringing the girl to me, Conan.
Now your journey is over.
Not yet. Where is Jehnna?
Safe with me. But you, you are not safe.
Then the mirrors are to be revealed with the red warriors behind them. While he speaks, his voice seems to come from all the mirrors at once.
Come to me.
Then the Red-Robed hooded figures walk out of the mirrors, and the rest happens like seen in the film.
Conan fought like a maniac, when he fought the Man-Ape, went into a berserker like blood rage, just crazy. He taunts the Man-Ape a lot while he is slashing through the mirrors. Actually, as soon as Thoth-Amon first turns into the ape and tears off the red robe and growls, Conan says to it holding his sword, "Come on then." That was a cool part. (It actually reminded me of Obi-Wan vs Grievous in REVENGE OF THE SITH
, I wonder if Lucas borrowed this too?)
Thoth-Amon's death here is slighty different. After Conan launches his sword like a spear through the mirrow, Thoth then walks out, and touches the Heart, he lights up, light burst through him (like in the movie), however his body is flung back, becoming living light, the light darkens, reddening, becoming liquid. His shape holds for a moment, like a figure made of congealed blood. Then the figure of blood collapses, becomes a puddle on the floor, as heated, boils and dries up and disappears.
Conan refuses Jehnna's advances, just friendly flirtations. She was a horny bitch though. But Conan wants only Valeria. He makes a comment about "others" but there only being one Valeria. (But he did have heavy sex with Taramis.)
Conan kills Togra by breaking his neck... as the two warriors where evenly matched. They disarm eachother, Conan gets a good hold around Togra's neck and snaps it.
Akiro's deleted piece of the writing on the wall!
...then took place a great battle between the gods, and in this battle Dagoth was disarmed of his horn. And thus weakened, he was flung to earth, and his horn after him. Into the primeval slime he sank, and for a thousand years he lay in death and his body turned to stone, and the stone turned to marble. But his horn had fallen in another place...
Then he read the jewels on the wall, which are set up like astrology chart.
What does this mean?
The Crypt guards and their leader were black men in the script... slightly different set up. Conan was to have just arrogantly twirling his medallion while Akiro was talking the leader, like he couldn't wait to kill someone, the talk was boring him.
Malak mentions the city which sent them to the Black Leader, he blurted it, because he has big mouth, Zula mumbles "you idiot" and Malak tries to save face by saying not that Shadizar, the other Shadizar, its sister city. I think this may have been a comical reference to CONAN THE BARBARIAN
There's just the main entrance door to the Jade Palace... which Conan pushes open. Akiro was not the one that forces the Dragon's Mouth closed, it was Conan using all his might to bring down the Mouth. And while the Black warriors were stabbing underneath, as the jaw is half way down but stuck, Conan was chopping at their hands, breaks their wrists, arrows being shot at him. He finally gives it all he's got, and it slams shut.
During the middle of the story, Taramis lubes up the statue, then calls in her handmaiden. Taramis kisses the girl, then cuts the girls throat and smears her blood all over Dagoth's mouth. Then she starts having sex with the Statue!
Jehnna's breast gets bare at least twice in the script, to expose her birth mark (it glows at one point). Once, she's almost completely naked with the Crypt scene (which there was Stout artwork of). I like the part where Jehnna is dressing Conan's wounds, and Bombaata become enraged. Conan laughs him because Jehnna was touching him, he wasn't touching her.
Also interesting, Taramis asks Bombaata after he brings Jehnna back what happened to her Elite Guards. Bombaata says they're dead, she then asks figures Conan lives. Bombaata confirms it. Taramis then backhands Bombaata across the face. Bombaata doesn't move. This scene reminded much of "Bavmorda and General Kael after he fails to find the baby" (from WILLOW
Once (also interesting) Conan's medallion flickers-gleams when he approaches Shadizar to save the Princess near the end.
Dagoth is a ten foot tall gargoyle-like creature, bird beaked and has giant claws, even clawed wings. Conan gets torn up and bit when fighting this creature. The Dagoth creature prototypes never worked and so they decided on that Lovecraftian thingy, right? I don't think the Flying Dagoth could have worked effect wise back in those days anyway... The Beast With Three Eyes wasn't that bad, least not any worse than the Giant Snake in all honesty.
Akiro also takes a part in attacking Dagoth to save Conan, while he's getting strangled by the beast.
After Conan slays Dagoth and Malak stabs it again, we see something shining as bright as the Sun, as the camera falls backs, it's really Conan's Medallion glowing, then the awesome close triumphant shot of Conan.
So Conan Medallion had a significant part, it seemed to Conan that Valeria was inside it kind of. Very interesting, but yet it was completely deleted in the film, replaced with the gold Wheel of Pain.
Rule Shadizar with me.
I will have my own kingdom, my own queen.
Valeria is dead. Taramis lied to you.
She may have lied, to say that she would bring her back to me. But Valeria waits for me, and I wait for her.
The movie was to end with Conan going back to the Shrine of Valeria... where he places the medallion (the Eye of the Serpent) from his neck to rest on the Shrine... and where he says, "Soon."
Then it ends with a camera fading out where we see Conan kneeling once again to the Shrine, same as he did at the beginning of the movie.
It was pretty good read, wasn't that bad. Lot of action and more blood, though it mostly played out the same way. However, the film was cut and lower budgeted. Lots of cut dialogue, etc.
Conan instead of coming off as a rather oblivious limp hulking dumb clown as seen in the film, is actually driven by passion, love, his need and greed to see Valeria live again and still being under partly the influence of the witch Taramis' spell. This never resonates in the film, but in the script it's present. So there's this other dimension that's not seen as it should.
According to that other jackass Roy Thomas, he said that Stanley Mann ruined his script supposedly... But, really, nothing was gone... You still have a solid R-rated picture, even with Mann's handling, which didn't at all seem heavy handed or dumbed down as claimed by Thomas.
Thomas lambasted Milius script and movie... but before he was all to happy. I don't trust nor like Thomas either.
What's also interesting... Valeria, the Medallion and her resurrection are present here... Meanwhile, Milius incorporated this theme in his KING CONAN: CROWN OF IRON
script along with Akiro in 2001. I'm sure he read this script .
Personally I think Milius wanted more Money and balked once he wasn't getting his dough. I think he ordered the CONAN II/KULL
scripts to read while he was making his story up. Seeing that "A Witch Shall Be Born" again resonates even in his early KING CONAN
script. Evil Witch Queen orders and manipulates Conan, promising things, sends him on quest to procure something, the resurrected Valeria... Yeah, far to coincidental in my opinion.
Biggest thing was once the movie lost Milius, as he picked-up and left to go do his own thing whatever that was, the movie was rushed into production, lost Cobb, or he didn't want to back, guess at that time he thought he had E.T.
...but more importantly, most of the fonds were deviated to David Lynch's DUNE
. So that's where CONAN II
budget went off to.
The Robert Jordan novelization shares certain similarities but it really strays, often far. For instance, there is no love between Bombaata and Jehnna. Bombaata is more like just the Jealous/Protector with perhaps less honorable thoughts in mind. There's no hint of molestation. As I said earlier, there's a Nude Jehnna (topless at least twice in the script). Jade Temple is guarded by Black Warriors with a Black Wizard. There is no duel of Wizards either; as I mentioned, it's Conan that brings down the Dragon's mouth with brute strength.