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Highlander -- Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in the epic tale of immortality that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history. After Scottish clansman Connor MacLeod (Lambert) discovers his true identity as a member of a legion of immortals, he embarks on a legendary journey spanning continents and centuries, eventually landing in modern-day New York City. Connor faces his ultimate test when other immortals begin to appear in the city for the mythical Gathering to claim the Prize, leading to a titanic showdown with the frightening and deadly Kurgan (Clancy Brown). In the end, there can be only one!
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Release Date:
7 March 1986 (USA) See more »
He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal. See more »
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lambert ... Connor 'The Highlander' MacLeod / Russell Edwin Nash

Roxanne Hart ... Brenda J. Wyatt

Clancy Brown ... Victor Kruger / The Kurgan

Sean Connery ... Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez

Beatie Edney ... Heather MacLeod
Alan North ... Lieutenant Frank Moran

Jon Polito ... Det. Walter Bedsoe

Sheila Gish ... Rachel Ellenstein

Hugh Quarshie ... Sunda Kastagir
Christopher Malcolm ... Kirk Matunas

Peter Diamond ... Aman Fasil
Billy Hartman ... Dugal MacLeod

James Cosmo ... Angus MacLeod

Celia Imrie ... Kate MacLeod
Alistair Findlay ... Chief Murdoch
Edward Wiley ... Garfield
James McKenna ... Father Rainey
John Cassady ... Kenny

Ian Reddington ... Bassett
Sion Tudor Owen ... Hotchkiss

Damien Leake ... Tony the Hotdog Vendor
Gordon Sterne ... Dr. Willis Kenderly

Ron Berglas ... Erik Powell
Louis Guss ... Newsvendor
Peter Banks ... Priest

Ted Maynard ... Newscaster
Waldo Roeg ... German soldier
Anthony Mannino ... Boisterous Drunk
Helena Stevens ... Old Woman in Car
Frank Dux ... Old Man in Car
Prince Howell ... Drunk in Hotel

Anthony Fusco ... Barman
Ian Tyler ... Lab Technician
Corinne Russell ... Candy
Buckley Norris ... Derelict
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Bonehill ... Buck the Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Jim Brunzell ... Himself (uncredited)

Sam Douglas ... NY Cop (uncredited)
Sam Fatu ... Professional Wrestler (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Hospital Guard (uncredited)
Greg Gagne ... Himself (uncredited)
Terry 'Bam Bam' Gordy ... Professional Wrestler (uncredited)
Doug McLeod ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)

Ed Montalvo ... Street Tough (uncredited)
Buddy Roberts ... Professional Wrestler (uncredited)
Michael Seitz ... Wrestler (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Mulcahy 
Writing credits
Gregory Widen (story)

Gregory Widen (screenplay) and
Peter Bellwood (screenplay) &
Larry Ferguson (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter S. Davis .... producer
E.C. Monell .... executive producer
Eva Monley .... associate producer
Harold Moskovitz .... associate producer
William N. Panzer .... producer
John H. Starke .... associate producer (as John Starke)
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Peter Honess 
Casting by
Diane Dimeo 
Michael McLean 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
Art Direction by
Martin Atkinson 
Tim Hutchinson 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
Costume Design by
James Acheson 
Makeup Department
Tony Beesley .... special makeup effects storyboards (as Tony Beasley)
Lois Burwell .... makeup supervisor
Sandra Exelby .... makeup artist
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist
Robert Verner Gresty .... makeup effects mechanical design
Alex Harwood .... makeup effects artwork
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist
Denise Horsham .... makeup effects technician
Geoffrey Portass .... makeup effects technician
John Schoonraad .... makeup effects mold designer
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen Hopkins .... assistant director
John Lawlor .... third assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Jane Studd .... third assistant director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
George Djurkovic .... model designer
Mark Raggett .... assistant art director
Joe Haidar .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
John Wells .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recordist
Stefna Borges .... assistant sound editor (as Stefna Smal)
Peter Brennan .... assistant sound editor
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recordist
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Richard Overton .... sound re-recordist
Clive Pendry .... sound re-recordist
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
Bob Risk .... dialog editor
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recordist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... dubbing theatre projectionist: De Lane Lea (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Garth Inns .... special effects technician
Bob Keen .... special effects makeup co-designer
Graham Longhurst .... special effects technician
Bert Luxford .... special effects technician
Nick Maley .... special effects makeup co-designer
David Ford .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chris Blunden .... optical effects editor
Ray Caple .... matte paintings
Peter Chiang .... animator
Claude Chiasson .... animator (as Claude Chaisson)
Roger Chiasson .... animator (as Roger Chaisson)
Dave Docwra .... optical printer
Tim Field .... rostrum camera operator
Matt Forrest .... animator
Chuck Gammage .... animator
Colin Hughes .... animator
Nina Robbins .... animator
Mike Smith .... animator
Paul Sparrow .... production manager: second unit effects
Don Spencer .... animator
John Swinnerton .... animator
Tim Walton .... animator
Alan White .... photobackings
Peter Brace .... stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator: New York Unit (as Vic Magnotta)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Bonehill .... fight double (uncredited)
Lisa Cain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Bill Little .... stunt fighter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Marc Bringuier .... steadicam operator
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader
Ronnie Maasz .... lighting cameraman: second unit effects
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit
Douglas Milsome .... camera operator
Ralph Perri .... rigging grip: New York
Mike Rutter .... camera operator
Peter Versey .... camera operator: second unit effects
Peter Warrilow .... aerial camera operator
J.D. Freedman .... grip (uncredited)
James Gordon Cooper .... key grip: New York (uncredited)
David James .... still photographer (uncredited)
Darryl Walthall .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
John Ward .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
John Ward .... key Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Stephen Williams .... camera operator: rostrum camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen P. Butler .... costume supervisor: New York (uncredited)
Ken Lewington .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Pauline Lewington .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
Catherine Hodgson .... assistant editor
Paul Hodgson .... assistant editor
Martyn Robinson .... assistant editor
Annabel Ware .... assistant editor
Music Department
Roger Evan .... assistant to composer
Vic Fraser .... copyist
Derek Power .... music supervisor
Eric Tomlinson .... music engineer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... conductor (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sidney Sax .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation
Other crew
Bob Anderson .... sword master
David Balfour .... stand-by: second unit
Marilyn Clarke .... script supervisor
Keith Hodgson .... title designer
Tony Riley .... rock face climbing operator
Babs Scarlett .... nurse
Roy Street .... horse master
Roy Street .... wrangler
Brett Botula .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Nick Daubeny .... location manager (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Timothy Klein .... Stand In: Christopher Lambert (uncredited)
Gus Maclean .... location unit manager (uncredited)
Campbell Muirhead .... double for Christopher Lambert: Scotland scenes (uncredited)
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong action violence, a scene of sexuality and some language
116 min | USA:110 min (theatrical version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (director's cut) (1996) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1986) | Germany:18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 (cut) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (cut) (1990) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1989) (DVD rating) (2002) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (Certificate #28002) | West Germany:16 (theatrical and VHS version) (cut)

Did You Know?

Sigourney Weaver, Glenn Close,Lorraine Bracco,Sean Young,Demi Moore, Elizabeth Perkins,Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw and Diane Lane were considered for the role Brenda Wyatt. Lane would later on marry Christopher Lambert years later.See more »
Anachronisms: In the scene where the Kurgan is fighting Ramirez he is using his modern, detachable high-tech sword. Even the fissure where the blade is divided can clearly be seen in several takes.See more »
[after Connor has called Ramirez a "haggis"]
Ramirez:Haggis? What is haggis?
Connor MacLeod:Sheep's stomach, stuffed with meat and barley.
Ramirez:And what do you do with it?
Connor MacLeod:You eat it.
Ramirez:How revolting!
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Scotland on Screen (2009) (TV)See more »
Hammer To FallSee more »


What is a Highlander?
What is the Quickening?
Why did Garfield assault Connor?
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33 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
There is only one!, 12 January 2007
Author: mjw2305 from England

In 16th century Scotland, immortals fought against each other, in a quest for the prize of being the one remaining at the end of the centuries of fighting. Conner Macleod (Christophe Lambert) is trained in the art of sword fighting by Ramirez (Sean Connery) in hope that one day one of them will fight and defeat the Kurgen (Clancy Brown) The story is set over 4 centuries and stretches from the highlands of Scotland to the streets of New York.

Firstly the cinematography in the highlands captures the breath taking scenery beautifully, the story is captivating fantasy, with dialogue and direction to suit the theme, and the cast all perform well enough to entice you into the story and hold your attention, without ever really excelling. Finally the soundtrack is provided by Queen, and it genuinely adds to the emotional feel of the film in quite dramatic style.

Highlander is a very good movie, that has its flaws; but in fantasy, does it really matter? However the sequels are far too contradictory and contrived to be given the same forgiveness. This film really is the only one; and its stands alone without the need for its inferior sequels.


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